He has during later years had important roles in the Hugo Blick TV series The Shadow Line and The Honourable Woman, for which he won a BAFTA Award. In the late 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney.
He also starts seeing Dil, who knows nothing about Fergus' IRA background.
In addition to his work on the screen, Rea formed the Field Day Theatre Company with playwrights Brian Friel and Seamus Heaney, bringing theatre to rural communities across Ireland.
In 1992, Rea was introduced to international audiences with his role as an IRA "volunteer" in The Crying Game.
“You kind of scroll back through your life and wonder what you’ve done that allows them to, without embarrassment, offer you this thing. I sort of feel it has nothing to do with me,” said Rea, who is due in Lithuania on Wednesday to film scenes for the BBC’s . To the outside everything seems like seamless progress, but for you it’s just how do you get through the next day, how do you get through the next job and does it all make any sense.
“You know, of course, that nobody ever really feels successful . “If you do start to wallow in some sense of being successful, then you’re dead.