NI TV and Film Legends
- Geraldine was born in West Belfast in 1070, where she lived for a time in Divis flats on the Falls Road.
- She left Belfast when she attained a private scholarship to the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) where she earned a BA from the School of Theatre, Film and TV.
- After University she moved to New York to work on the stage, where she starred in Brian Friel's Translations on Broadway, and she also picked up numerous television roles in top American drames like ER.
- In 2005, she wrote and starred in the critically acclaimed play Belfast Blues, a true story from her own prospective about coming of age in Belfast in the 1980s. Performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Belfast and London, the play received the Los Angeles Ovation Garland and Drama Critics Circle Awards, and Hughes won a Drama League Nomination for outstanding Performance.
- Other theatre credits include: Molly Sweeney (Irish Repertory Theatre), Pumpgirl (MTC), Translations (MTC), Orson's Shadow, The Cripple of Inishman, The Weir, Ther Architect.
- Her television credits include: Nurse Jackie, Mercy, The Good Wife, Law and Order CI, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Murder.
- She has appeared in several feature films including 2006's Rocky Balboa alongside Sylvester STallone, playing "Little Marie", and in 2008 she played Clint Eastwood's daughter-in-law in Gran Torino.
- Her Most recent feature roles include upcoming Dead Souls for Chiller Network and National Georgraphic Channel's Killing Lincoln playing opposite Billy Hopkins.
- Adrian was born on the 1st August 1958, and was brought up in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, he is the eldest of seven siblings.
- He was educated by the Presentation brothers before attending the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.
- Adrian has a daughter and stepson from his 1986 marriage to the Australian actress Anna Nygh. His home is in North London, and he is an avid supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
- He has appeared in such notable films as my Left Foot, The Crying Game, and The General, and also had leading roles in the films Triggermen, Shooters, How Harry became a Tree (with Colm Meaney(, Richard 111, and Widows' Peak.
- Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA awards.
- His many television credits include many British productions including Cracker, Tough Love, Inspector Morse, Kidnapped, Murphy's Law, Murder in Mind, Ashes to Ashes, among many others. His most recent role was as the villainous Uncle Ralph, in the BBC Northern ireland's modern day adaption of the Dickens Classic Nicholas Nickleby.
- In June 2009 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Letters from the University of Ulster in recognition of his services to acting.
- Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the son of a bus driver, Stephen was one of four children in a working-class Presbyterian family. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University of beflast, taking a drgree in English.
- After appearing on the stage and in television and film for many years in ireland and britain, he came to international attention when he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film The Crying Game. He is a frequent collaborator with irish film make Neil Jordan, and has long been associated with some of the most important writers in Ireland.
- He has two sons from his marriage to Dolours Price (1983-2003).
- In 1980 he helped establish the Field Day Theatre Company in 1980 with Tom Paulin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, and Seamus Deane.
- Recent TV credits include: The Shadowlin, and Utopia series.
- In recognition for his contribution to theatre and performing arts, Rea was given honorary degrees from both the Queen's University of Belfast and the University of Ulster in 2004.
- Born on 10 October 1956 in Ballougry, County Londonderry, the youngest of four girls, Amanda attended the Foyle and Londonderry college, before moving to England aged 18 to study at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.
- Amanda is best known for her high-profile television roles as Sam Ryan in the BBC crime series Silent Witness, a role which earned her a most Popular Actress gong at the National Television Awards. She also played Clare Blake in The Commander, Beth Glover in Peak Practice, and Heather in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside.
- In 2010, Burton appeared in the sixth series of BBC drama Waterloo Road as new Head Teacher, Karen Fisher, but she departed the show in 2011.
- She has two daughers - Phoebe (born 1989) and Brid (born 1991) - from her marriage to Swedish Photographer Sven Arnstein (1989-2004)
- Ciaran was born in 1975 in Enniskillen, county Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, and now lives in South London. He gained a Baccalaureate Degree from the Roayl Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1998.
- He has appeared on various BBC and ITV programmes, including playing Cedric Crackenthorpe in 4:50 from Paddington, an episode of Marple (starring Geraldine McEwan), and in the Channel 4 comedy series, The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star. He has also appeared in ITB series The Golden Hour, and had a guest appearance in Jonathan Creek.
- His movie credits include the 2001 to End All Wards and the award winning the Last Confession of Alexander pearce (2008).
- In 2010 he took a lead role as Matt Anderson in the popular science fiction show Primeval.
- Ciaran has completed the film Made in Belfast in which he plays the part of an author returned to the city for a funeral. Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has a production credit for this film which opened the 13th Belfast Film Festival.
- Michelle was born in Coleraine in 1964 and grew up in the town of Ballycastle, she now resides in London.
- Her stage credits include Scenes from the Big Picture (Broadwasy), Dancing at Lughnasa (Old Vic), and Othella (Donmar Warehouse), for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award.
- Her TV appearances include a wide range of British television shows, among them The Bill, Holby City, Heartbeat, Inspector Morse, Silent Witness, and Midsomer Murders. She also played the role of George Best's mother in the TV film His Mother's Son.
- Film credits include the role of Mrs Granger in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollow films.
- Michelle is currently appearing on screens around the world in the role of Catelyn Stark in the successful HBo Series Game of Throne.
- In 2013 she completed a lead role in the British film production , Ironclad: Battle for Blood.
- Colin was born in Armagh on 1 January 1986. He attended integrated College Dungannon, where he won the Denis Rooney Associates Cup for best overall student in the third year. He went on to gain a National Diploma in Performing Arts at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004., and then to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotlan where he graduated in 2007.
- Between 2007 and 2012 Colin took roles in a number of productions at the Old Vic Theatre in London, including All About My Mother (2007) and Private Life (2011).
- Colin also has a number of TV credits including appearances on the Catherine Tate Show and Doctor Who.
- In 2008 Colin got the lead role of Merlin in the children's TV series Merlin, which ran until 2012, when he received a National Television Award for this role.
- 2013 projects will see him appearing on stage in the role of Prospero in The Tempest, and in the television production Quirke, which is set in Dublin, and which stars Gabriel Byrne.
Screen Writer - Terry George
- Terry was born in Belfast on 20 December 1952. He and his wife Rita moved to New York in 1981 with their infant daughter. His wife and daughter later became US citizens but he faced deportation proceedings. Following a lobbying campaign by Irish-American supporters, he was allowed to stay in the US, where his wife gave birth to their son.
- In 1993, he made his debut as screenwriter and assistant director on the film In The Name of The Father, which starred Daniel Day-lewis, and was directed and co-written by Jim Sheridan. The film was nominated for seven academy awards including best adapted screenplay for George and Sheridan.
- Terry was named Young European Director of the Year in 1996 for his screenplay of the film, Some Mother's Son which he directed, and which starred Helen Mirren and Fionnula Flanaghan.
- In 2004 he received a second Academy Award nomination for best original screenplay for Hotel Rwanda which starred Don Cheadle, which he co-wrote, and also produced and directed.
- Terry directed Reservation Road in 2007, and wrote and directed short film The Shore in 2010, which won Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film in 2012. The shore was filmed over six days outside his home in County Down in Northern ireland. In 2011, he wrote, directed and produced the feature film, Whole Lotta Sole starring Brendan Fraser and Colm Meaney.
Andrew Eaton - Film Producer
- Andrew was born in Derry~Londondery on 7 December 1959.
- He was educated at Campbell College in Belfast, and Churchill College in Cambridge where he graduated with a BA in 1982.
- After their award-winning collaboration on the BBC drama Family, he co-founded Revolution Films with Michael Winterbottom in 1994.
- Among the awards that he has received is the British Independent Film Award for Producer of the Year in 2000.
- In 2004 his film In This World was awarded the BAFTA for Best Film Not in The English Language.
- Other film credits include Code 46 (2003), starring Tim Robbins and Samantha Morton, 24 Hour Party People, starring steve Coogan (2004), The Killer Inside Me, with Casey Afflec and Kate Hudson (2010).
- Most recent credits include Good Vibrations (2012), which tells the story of Terri Hooley, the record-store owner instrumental in in developing Belfast's punk-rock scene. The look Of Love (2013) is a biography of Paul Raymond, the contreversial entrepreneur who became Britain's richest man.
Kenneth Branagh - Film Director
- Kenneth was born on the 10 December 1960 in Belfast.
- As well as being famous for his acting abilities, he is well renowned for his directorial skills. He was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Director for Shakespeare's Henry V (1989).
- Other director credits include Frankenstein (1994), thriller Sleuth (2007, which was a remake of the 1972 film of the same name, and Thor (2011), based on the Marvel superhero.
- December 2013 will see the release of Jack Ryan, an action thriller, baed on the character Jack Ryan, created by writer Tom Clancy, and starring Chris Pine. This role has previously been played by Alex Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Afflect.