Gabriel Byrne to Receive IFTA Lifetime Achievement Award

by Jordan Upshaw

Veteran Irish film and television actor Gabriel Byrne will be honoured with the Irish Film and Television Academy’s (IFTA) prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award next month.

The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will present Byrne with the award at the IFTA ceremony on Thursday February 15th in Dublin.

Chief Executive of IFTA, Áine Moriarty said of the announcement: “Gabriel has paved the way as one of Ireland’s most revered actors and filmmakers where he has explored and pushed the boundaries in storytelling across a broad range of genres, in film, television and documentary making.

“We look forward to welcoming Gabriel back home to his native Dublin to celebrate his achievements.”

In response to the news, Byrne said: “I am deeply honoured to be receiving this award from the Irish Academy and it means a lot to me to receive it in my home town of Dublin.”

Byrne is one of Ireland’s most beloved actors, enjoying success both at home and abroad over a 40 year career. His body of work includes 75 feature films.

Despite not traveling to America until he was 37 years old, Byrne has found considerable success in Hollywood starring alongside the likes of Liam Neeson, Patrick Stewart, Robert Downey Jr., Laura Linney, Winona Ryder, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Malkovich, Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes, Reese Witherspoon, and many more.

Byrne won a Golden Globe in 2008 for his critically acclaimed starring role in HBO’s In Treatment and has been nominated for two Emmys. He has starred in Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated films such as Little Women and The Usual Suspects.

Despite his Hollywood success, Byrne has remained committed to developing Irish projects through his work as an actor, writer, and producer. He executive-produced the Irish film In the Name of the Father which was nominated for 7 Academy Awards.

Byrne’s recent and upcoming screen work includes Carrie PilbyLies We Tell, and Hamlet Revenant.

The award ceremony will be broadcast on RTÉ One.

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