Honour for Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea is one of Irelandís finest actors whose career has taken in the stage, television and films since starting off in bit parts in the 1970s.
Born in Belfast in 1949 he is probably best known for his performance in The Crying Game which led to him being nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actor category. He was also nominated for a Tony Award for his electrifying Broadway performance in Someone To Watch Over Me.
In recent years he has formed a close alliance with director Neil Jordan leading to roles in films such as Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, the End of the Affair and Interview with the Vampire.
Along with Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and Irish playwright Brian Friel, Rea founded the Field Day Theatre Company, with the aim of widening access to the theatre in Ireland. He performed in many of the Companyís plays to small audiences in venues throughout the country which had never experienced live stage shows before.
He receives the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his services to theatre and the arts.