Ian FitzGibbon was born in Dublin and raised in Brussels, Belgium. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin where he took a degree in French and Spanish. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Ian has a long and extensive acting career principally on English television where his credits range from Prime Suspect to Father Ted.
FitzGibbon began to direct 12 years ago. Between Dreams, one of his first short films was selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. He then went on to write and direct Paths To Freedom, a multi award- winning television series for RTE. His first feature, the critically acclaimed A Film With Me In It had its North American premiere at TIFF 2008.
It was nominated for numerous Irish film awards and it went on to win the special jury prize for best international film at the Istanbul International Film Festival. Perrier’s Bounty his second feature, starring Brendan Gleeson, Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent, received its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010 prior to its UK and US release.
Death of a Superhero, his third feature, starring Andy Serkis and Thomas Brody-Sangster had its world premiere at The Toronto Film Fest and has been acquired by Tribeca Films for distribution in America. It was awarded the audience prize and the jury prize at Les Arcs European Film Festival. To date it has won over 20 international awards at European film festivals. It was also nominated for best film and best director at the Irish Film And Television Awards.
He has recently completed his second season of Threesome, a comedy series for Big Talk/Comedy Central in London as well as Moone Boy 2 starring Chris O’Dowd. for which he won an IFTA for Best Director in 2014. He also directed The Awkward Age written by and starring Dylan Moran for Sky’s Little Cracker series. He has recently finished Breakfast Wine a short film based on a story by Kevin Barry starring Dylan Moran, Pat Shortt and Ruth Bradley and Trying Again, a new comedy starring Chris Addison, which transmitted Sky Living. Ian is currently working on the series of Raised by Wolves, written by Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran, for Big Talk and Channel 4 about a family growing up on a Wolverhampton council estate.