British actor Stephen Graham is set to be honored with the prestigious Richard Harris Award at the upcoming British Independent Film Awards (BIFA). The accolade recognizes his remarkable contribution to the British film industry over an illustrious career spanning four decades. The BIFA, an annual event that celebrates and promotes British independent cinema, has selected Graham as the recipient for his outstanding achievements and significant impact on the craft of acting.
A Storied Career
Stephen Graham's film and television career boasts an array of acclaimed performances in hits such as 'This Is England,' 'Snatch,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Rocketman,' 'Venom: Let There Be Carnage,' 'The Virtues,' and 'Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical.' His ability to portray complex and intense characters has established him as one of the UK's most versatile actors.
From Actor to Producer
In 2020, the multiple BAFTA nominee extended his influence to production. Graham co-founded Matriarch Productions with his wife and fellow actor Hannah Walters. The production company's inaugural project was Phillip Barantini’s 2021 BIFA-winning movie 'Boiling Point,' which subsequently led to a TV series. Matriarch Productions is currently collaborating with Disney+ on the project 'A Thousand Blows.' Stephen Graham's acting prowess continues to be on display in Netflix’s 'Bodies' and soon in Disney’s 'Young Woman and the Sea' with Daisy Ridley and Steve McQueen’s London-set WWII drama 'Blitz' with Saoirse Ronan.
The Richard Harris Award
The Richard Harris Award, named after the late veteran actor, is a distinguished honor bestowed upon an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the British film industry. Stephen Graham will receive this honor at the 26th British Independent Film Awards, scheduled to take place on Sunday, 3 December, at Old Billingsgate in London.