Gabriel Byrne talks about starting out in theatre, moving to television and getting parts in cinema.

British political thriller 'Defence of the Realm' opens in Dublin tomorrow starring Irish actor Gabriel Byrne.

Gabriel Byrne has been receiving rave reviews in the press.

Gabriel Byrne became a familiar face on Irish television screens when he starred as Pat Barry in ’The Riordans’ and subsequently ‘Bracken’ and has now made the leap to the big screen.

He recalls starting out in television having previously worked as a theatre actor at The Project Theatre in Dublin. His time on 'The Riordans' was as a great experience where he learnt a lot.

The Riordans was the first opportunity that I had to work in front of a camera.

Although appreciative of the experience of working on Irish television, Gabriel Byrne had his sights set on other roles and made the move to England. Looking to give himself the best opportunity, he embarked on voice training in order to show his flexibility as an actor in different roles.  

This episode of ‘TV GAGA’ was broadcast on 9 January 1986. The presenter is Barbara Lee.

'TV Gaga' ran for two series in 1985 and 1986. Each programme was presented with a live studio audience and contained a mixture of film reports, live music and studio discussion.