1960 – He was born on the 10th day of December this year in Belfast, Northern Ireland; he was educated at Grove Primary School.
1989 – He is probably best known for his film adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare, beginning with Henry V in this year.
1990 – He is a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from Queen's University of Belfast this year. Also at age 30, he authored an autobiography, which he entitled “Beginning.”
1992 – He was nominated in the Academy Award for Best Director for the movie “Swan Song.”
1994 – He declined an appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1996 - His film version of Hamlet was the first ever to include the complete unabridged text of the play with over four hours and four thousand lines of dialogue.
1999 – He was nominated for “worst” supporting actor this year for his performance in the film “Wild Wild West.”
2001 – He receive an Emmy award for his performance in this year TV Conspiracy, a depiction of the Wannsee Conference, where Nazi officials conceived the Final Solution.
2003 – He starred in the Royal National Theatre's production of David Mamet's Edmond.
2005 – He has also been involved in several made-for-TV films. Among his most acclaimed portrayals is that of US President Franklin D. Roosevelt in this year film “Warm Springs.”
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