Stephen Rea to star in loyalist drama at Royal Court
Belfast-born Bafta-winning actor Stephen Rea is set to make a return to the stage, it emerged last night.
He is set to lead the cast of David Ireland's Cyprus Avenue at the Royal Court next year.
Rea, who was previously married to Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price, will be playing a loyalist character in the production which will run from April 5 to May 7 in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs.
The play follows the story of Belfast loyalist Eric Miller who believes his five-week old granddaughter is Gerry Adams.
Mr Rea is no stranger to the Royal Court's stage having appeared in a host of shows at the venue including Ashes To Ashes, Captain Oates Left Stock and Endgame.
However, the Belfast man is best known for his film work including the 1992 film The Crying Game for which he was nominated for an Academy Award, as well as important roles in V For Vendetta and Breakfast On Pluto.
His television credits are also distinguished and include The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman - for which he won a Bafta last year.
One of his first, and most memorable, jobs was being hired to speak the words of Gerry Adams when Sinn Fein was under a 1988-94 broadcasting ban.
It emerged last month that Rea will play Bleak House's Inspector Bucket in a new BBC series introducing viewers to the finest works of Charles Dickens
Dickensian, a 20-part series of half-hour episodes, brings together some of literature's most famous characters.