Hilton Edwards was an English-born Irish actor and theatrical producer. His first meeting took place in the Athenaeum,Enniscorthy, Co Wexford with his partner Micheal Mac Liammoir. Deciding to remain in Dublin, the pair assisted with the inaugural production of Galway’s Irish language theatre, An Taibhdhearc. Mac Liammoir and Edwards then threw themselves into their own venture, co-founding the Gate Theatre in Dublin in 1928. The Gate became a showcase for modern plays and design. Edwards was primarily known for his theatre work; he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for Best Director of a Drama for Philadelphia, Here I Come! Edwards became the first Head of Drama at Telefis Eireann and, a year later, he won a Jacob’s Award for his television series, Self Portrait.

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