THE END OF THE AFFAIR
END OF THE AFFAIR is STEPHEN REA's eighth film with director Neil Jordan and his
seventh film with producer Stephen Woolley.
Born in Belfast and educated at Queen's University, Rea began his acting
career at Dublin's Abbey Theatre before making an equally good impression on the
London stage. He formed his own acting company, the Field Day Theatre Company,
with Irish playwright Brian Friel in 1980 and over the next decade spent five
months a year working with the company, acting in every production except THREE
SISTERS, which he directed.
His theatre work represents a hugely impressive range of classical and modern
plays in Ireland and in London (mainly at the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal
National Theatre). Rea's performance in the Hampstead Theatre's production of
SOMEONE WHO'LL WATCH OVER ME eventually moved to Broadway and earned Rea a Tony
Award nomination for Best Actor.
His first leading film role was Neil Jordan's debut, ANGEL (1982). Jordan's
THE CRYING GAME (1992) provided Rea's major breakthrough, for which he received
an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and The National Society of Film
Critics Award. Rea's films have been many and varied, among them Mike Leigh's
LIFE IS SWEET, Robert Altman's PRET A PORTER, TROJAN EDDIE and CITIZEN X. Rea's
performance in HBO's CRIME OF THE CENTURY garnered him a Golden Globe nomination
in 1996. In addition, Rea completed four more films for Neil Jordan-INTERVIEW
WITH THE VAMPIRE, MICHAEL COLLINS, THE BUTCHER BOY and IN DREAMS.
Recently, Rea gave a critically acclaimed performance opposite Sarah Polley
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