Producer, director, screenwriter and actor, Jim Sheridan is one of Ireland’s leading filmmakers, with six Oscar nominations, three BAFTA nominations and two Golden Globe nominations to his credit, among other distinctions. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he began his career in his father’s amateur theatre company, acting in and occasionally direc- ting plays when he was just 17.
Sheridan studied acting while at University College Dublin and continued on this track when he and director Neil Jordan formed the Children’s T Company in 1973, a production company by which they introduced theatre to children throughout Ireland. In 1976, he and his brother Peter, a playwright, began an association with Dublin’s Project Arts Theatre where they staged a number of plays, including The Liberty Suit (1977).
In 1981, Sheridan immigrated con su familia to New York City where he became the artistic director of the New York Irish Arts Center. He left theater in 1987 to concentrate on filmmaking, enrolling in an eight-week course at New York University in 1988. In those years he wrote the screenplay for ‘Into the West’, which Mike Newell would end up directing in 1992. He ended the 1980s moving back to Ireland and writing and directing his first feature film, ‘My Left Foot’ (1989), which was the first of three collaborations with Daniel Day-Lewis, the winner of the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film, and won Brenda Fricker the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
Sheridan collaborated again with producer Noel Pearson in the film ‘The Field’ (1990), before shooting ‘In the Name of the Father’ (1993), where he told the story of the unjust impri- sonment of the Guildford Four in a film that aroused much controversy and critical acclaim.
Sheridan has garnered numerous directing credits including ‘The Boxer’ (1997), ‘In America’ (2002), ‘Get Rich or Die Tryin’’ (2005), ‘Brothers’ (2009), ‘Dream House’ (2011), and ‘The Se- cret Scripture’ (2016). He served on the London Coordinating Committee from 2010-present. Sheridan has been a member of the DGA since 2003.