Gabriel Byrne started his acting career with Ireland’s world renowned Abbey Theatre, later joining London’s Royal Court Theatre and the Royal National Theatre, where he played leading roles before moving to the United States.
On stage, he received a Tony nomination for his performance in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Moon for the Misbegotten’ and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his performance in another O’Neill play, ‘A Touch of the Poet.’ Most recently, he starred as King Arthur in the New York Philharmonic’s ‘Camelot.’
Byrne has worked with some of the cinema’s leading directors, including the Coen Brothers, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Ken Loach, John Boorman, David Cronenberg and Bryan Singer. He has starred in more than 35 feature films including, ‘Excalibur,’ ‘Miller’s Crossing,’ ‘Into the West,’ ‘The Point of No Return,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘The Usual Suspects,’ ‘Dead Man,’ ‘The End of Violence,’ ‘The Man in the Iron Mask,’ ‘Vanity Fair ‘, ‘Jindabyne’ and ‘Wah-Wah.’
His television credits include ‘Weapons of Mass Distraction’ and ‘In Treatment,’ both for HBO. Byrne was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his role in ‘In Treatment’ and will begin production on the second season in the fall of 2008. His producing credits include the Academy Award nominated ‘In the Name of the Father’ and ‘Into the West.’
Gabriel Byrne is The Cultural Ambassador to Ireland.