Jan. 1st, 1974
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Eva Birthistle (born 1 January 1974 in Bray, Co. Wicklow) is an Irish actress, best known for her role in Ae Fond Kiss.... She has won the London Film Critics Circle British Actress of the Year award for 2004 (despite not being British), and has twice won the IFTA Best Actor in a Leading Role (Film) award.
The daughter of a farmer, the family moved to Derry when she was 14. She was raised Roman Catholic. As a teenager, Eva went to Dublin to study acting at the The Gaiety School of Acting. On 31 December 2006 she married actor and musician Raife Burchell.
In 1995, she got her first TV role as Regina Crosbie in the serial Glenroe, one of Irish channel RTE's highest-rated shows. She stayed for three years until 1998. Other TV work followed, until she was offered her first feature film in 1997, All Souls' Day by Alan Gilsenan. She played a variety of roles in Irish films, including Drinking Crude (1997), co-starring Colin Farrell, and TV movie Miracle at Midnight (1998), with Mia Farrow.
In 2002, Eva appeared in two dramas about the same challenging subject, Bloody Sunday: the documentary-style TV drama Bloody Sunday, starring James Nesbitt, and Sunday, written by Jimmy McGovern.
Her arguably most prominent part so far has been the female leading part (Roisin Hanlon) in the Ken Loach movie Ae Fond Kiss... (2003/04), which won her many awards, including the 2005 London Critics Circle Film Award as "British Actress of the Year". In 2007, following objections from some Irish filmmakers and actors at being nominated for "Best British" awards, it was decided that Irish filmmakers and actors would only be eligible for awards which did not have the word "British" in the title. To that end the titles of several of the awards were amended to exclude the word British. The Attenborough Award now goes to the best British or Irish film of the year, while the two British Supporting Actor awards lost the word "British" from their title so that British (English, Welsh, Scottish, Northern Irish) or Irish actors in supporting roles all became eligible.
She appeared in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto, Ol Parker's Imagine Me & You and Save Angel Hope by Lukas Erni in 2005 and in Brian Kirk's Middletown in 2006.
Birthistle starred as human rights lawyer Jane Lavery in the TV conspiracy drama The State Within in 2006. In late 2007 she featured as Rembrandt's wife Saskia van Uylenburg in the historical drama Nightwatching by Peter Greenaway. She featured in the BBC drama The Last Enemy in early 2008 playing the role of Elaeanor Brooke, a junior minister. In 2009, she portrayed Jenette in the last episode -season 2- of the BBC hit series Ashes to Ashes
- Trained at the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin.
- 2004: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by European Film Promotion.
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