Stephen Graham Set to Be Honored with Prestigious Award at British Independent Film Awards

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Stephen Graham, a prominent figure in U.K. television and a versatile actor in both mainstream blockbusters and independent cinema, is slated to receive the prestigious Richard Harris Award at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.

This esteemed award, named after the late actor Richard Harris, acknowledges outstanding contributions by actors to British film. Graham will join the ranks of esteemed honorees such as Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, and Riz Ahmed.

Known for his exceptional performances across various genres, Graham recently earned his inaugural BAFTA film nomination for his lead role in the acclaimed 2022 one-shot kitchen drama, Boiling Point. This project marked the debut from Graham’s production company, Matriarch Productions, established with his wife Hannah Walters, with the aim of providing opportunities for underrepresented talents. Boiling Point also evolved into a BBC miniseries in which Graham starred.

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Renowned for his versatility and ability to infuse complex emotions into even the toughest characters, Graham gained recognition in Guy Ritchie’s gangster thriller “Snatch” (2000) alongside Jason Statham. He later ventured to Hollywood for Martin Scorsese’s “Gangs of New York” (2002), collaborating with the legendary director on projects like “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Irishman,” and “The Virtues.” His impactful portrayal in Shane Meadows’ “This Is England” and its TV series solidified his status in the U.K. film industry.

While Graham’s filmography expanded with roles in notable movies like “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “Public Enemies,” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, his leading man credentials flourished on television. He delivered standout performances in acclaimed series such as “Help,” “Time,” “Little Boy Blue,” and “Line of Duty.”

His recent film appearances include “Venom: Let There Be Carnage” (2021) and “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical” (2022). Graham is currently starring in Netflix’s hit series “Bodies” and is set to lead in Disney’s “Young Woman and the Sea” and Steve McQueen’s WWII drama “Blitz.” His production company is developing “A Thousand Blows,” a Disney+ series set in Victorian London’s illegal boxing world, in which Graham will also star.

Graham’s contributions to drama earned him the Order of the British Empire in 2023.

Expressing gratitude for the Richard Harris Award, Graham humbly acknowledged the recognition bestowed upon him by BIFA and the Harris family.

The 26th British Independent Film Awards will honor Stephen Graham on December 3 at London’s Old Billingsgate.