Belfast actor Ciaran HInds honoured at Ulster Tatler awards

Ciaran Hinds, the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ulster Tatler Awards at Belfast City Hall. Picture by Stephen Davison/ Pacemaker

GAME of Thrones star Ciaran Hinds had been honoured with a lifetime achievement accolade at a Belfast awards ceremony.

The Belfast-born actor was praised for a "truly extraordinary career" at the Ulster Tatler Awards at City Hall on Thursday.

Organisers of the event said Mr Hinds had been chosen for the prestigious accolade for his "impressive Hollywood and theatrical career, which is recognised all across the world".

The event, attended by more than 400 guests, also saw world superbike champion Jonathan Rea and Pamela Ballantine among the winners.

But the biggest award of the night went to Mr Hinds, who is regarded as one of the north's most successful actors.

A star of stage and screen, appearing in films such as Harry Potter and Road to Perdition, as well as becoming a familiar face on Game of Thrones, his film debut came in 1981 with 'Excalibur', when he starred alongside Helen Mirren, Gabriel Byrne and life-long friend, Liam Neeson.

Ulster Tatler editor Chris Sherry said Mr Hinds was an "extremely worthy winner" of the award.

"I have huge admiration for Ciaran as a Belfast-bred Hollywood success," he said Chris.

"He is one of the most respected stage and screen actors in the business, and the list of films that he has starred in, along with the actors and directors that he has worked with, reflects a truly extraordinary career.

"Importantly, Ciaran is also a marvellous ambassador for Northern Ireland and someone who, in every way, represents the essence of what our lifetime achievement award is all about."

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