The Irish Film & Television Academy have announced that Gabriel Byrne will receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding achievement across both film and television.
The President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins will officially present the Award at the Ceremony, which takes place on Thursday 15th February in Dublin, on behalf of the Academy, the entire Irish film industry and Gabriel’s community of peers and friends.
Áine Moriarty, Chief Executive of IFTA said, “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.”
Responding to the news, Gabriel 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.”
Born in 1950 in Dublin, Gabriel Byrne’s body of work has already spanned 40 years across a diverse range of projects; seventy five (75) films in total.
Gabriel began his acting career in the Focus Theatre and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before he joined the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre in London.
In his home country of Ireland, Gabriel is acknowledged as one of its most successful actors. His international achievement and status has made him an inspiring figure for young Irish actors and filmmakers.