Actor Dunbar discusses Life Story at Magee

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One of Ireland’s most popular and critically acclaimed actors will discuss his career at a special event in Derry this week.

Enniskillen born Adrian Dunbar, best known for roles in movies including My Left Foot and The Crying Game, will join Professor Paul Moore in conversation at Magee’s Great Hall on Thursday night.

Dunbar has strong links with Derry having starred in and co-wrote the Josef Locke based movie Hear My Song - the actor received a BAFTA nomination in the process.

The actor’s Derry appearance is the latest in the popular ‘Life Stories’ series of interviews with distinguished honorary graduates of the University of Ulster.

In June 2009 the University of Ulster awarded Adrian Dunbar the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) for services to acting.

A university spokesman says the diversity of the Fermanagh actor’s career makes him a great subject for the Life Stories series.

“At the age of 17 he was playing country music and working in a factory. At 18 he got involved with a local amateur drama group and joined a cabaret Elvis impersonator band.

“Then he auditioned for and was accepted into the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he completed his training.

“Among his many television appearances there have been roles in the first episode of ‘Cracker’‚ and the last two episodes of ‘A Touch of Frost’, as well as in numerous other well-known programmes including ‘Inspector Morse’‚ ‘Murder in Mind‚ ‘Murphy’s Law’, and ‘Ashes to Ashes’.

“Recently he starred in the TV drama ‘Mo’‚ in the role of First Minister of Northern Ireland, David Trimble

“His stage career is prolific and diverse, demonstrating a remarkable range. He has acted in the classics as well as the contemporary British and Irish repertoire. In recent years he has performed in Joyce’s ‘Exiles’‚ at the National Theatre and in the farce ‘Boeing Boeing’‚ in the West End.

“He made his stage directing debut with a critically acclaimed production of Brian Friel’s ‘Philadelphia, Here I Come.’“

Admission to ‘Adrian Dunbar in Conversation with Paul Moore’‚ is free and everyone is welcome – but reservations are required.

For further information or to reserve a seat please phone 028 7167 5456 or email: gm.farren@ulster.ac.uk