Honor Swinton Byrne

Honor Swinton Byrne (born 6 October 1997)[1] is a British actress and daughter of playwright John Byrne and actress Tilda Swinton. Swinton Byrne had a cameo role in the 2009 film I Am Love, and stars in the Joanna Hogg films The Souvenir (2019) and its sequel The Souvenir Part II.

Honor Swinton Byrne
Honor Swinton Byrne by Patrick Lovell, January 2020 (cropped).jpg
Swinton Byrne in January 2020
Born (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 25)
London, England
EducationDrumduan School, Forres
Years active2009–present
Parent(s)John Byrne
Tilda Swinton

Early lifeEdit

Swinton Byrne was born in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, on 6 October 1997. Her father is the Scottish playwright John Byrne, and her mother is the actress Tilda Swinton.[2] She has a twin brother, Xavier. She also has two other half-siblings from her father's previous marriage.[3]

Swinton Byrne and her brother were raised in the Scottish Highlands and attended Drumduan School, Forres, an independent alternative education school based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner co-founded by her mother in 2013.[2][4]

Swinton Byrne's first film role was a non-speaking cameo in her mother's 2009 film I Am Love as a younger version of her mother's character, Emma.[5] Her first starring role is in The Souvenir, a semi-autobiographical film directed by Joanna Hogg in which she stars as Julie, a film school student who embarks on a relationship with an older man.[citation needed]

As of March 2011, Swinton Byrne lived in Nairn, overlooking the Moray Firth in the Highland region of Scotland, with her brother, mother and her mother's partner Sandro Kopp, a German painter.[3]


Year Title Role Director Notes
2009 I Am Love Young Emma Recchi Luca Guadagnino Credited as Honor Byrne
2019 The Souvenir Julie Joanna Hogg
2021 The Souvenir Part II

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2019 British Independent Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer The Souvenir Nominated
Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Pauline Kael Breakout Award Nominated
2020 Columbus Film Critics Association Breakthrough Film Artist Nominated
London Critics Circle Film Awards Young British/Irish Performer of the Year Won
National Film Awards UK Best Newcomer Nominated
Newport Beach Film Festival Brit to Watch Won


  1. ^ Sawer, Patrick (22 August 2009). "Father of Tilda Swinton's children denies ménage a trois with her boyfriend". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b Eckardt, Stephanie (14 May 2019). "How Honor Swinton Byrne's Breakthrough Debut in The Souvenir Became a Family Affair". W Magazine. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b Graeme Thomson (19 March 2011). "theartsdesk Q&A: Artist/Dramatist John Byrne". Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Hollywood actress Tilda Swinton appeals to Scottish Government to save school". pressandjournal.co.uk. 7 January 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Swinton overlooked daughter at first for starring film role". france24.com. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.

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