LONDON – Long-standing star of the stage and screen Fionnula Flanagan is to be honored with this year’s Irish Film & Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The top honor will be dished out during the ninth annual Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin on Feb. 11, 2012.
Flanagan, with a career spaning almost 50 years in front of the camera, boasts turns in The Others and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.
Flanagan joked that she had checked the previous recipients of the Irish Academy’s honor and was “encouraged to find that their work lives continue, some even flourishing, so that if I learn my lines and hit my marks and don’t bump into the furniture, my own career might just continue on also.”
IFTA chief executive Áine Moriarty described Flanagan as a contribution as “a wonderful representative internationally, of Ireland’s film and television industry.”
Born in Dublin 1941, Flanagan trained at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre and London’s Old Vic, beginning her career in 1965 working on stage productions in Ireland and the U.K. before turning out for audiences in New York and Los Angeles.
Her movie debut was 1967’s Ulysses, based on James Joyce’s famous work, alongside Milo O’Sea and TP McKenna.