Born and raised in Dublin, Stephen Burke studied film at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His first feature film was Happy Ever Afters, starring Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins. His directing work for television includes the TV film Anner House, based on a story by Maeve Binchy; and the award winning state of the nation series No Tears, which won Best Drama Series at the MonteCarlo TV festival. He began his writing and directing career making multi-award winning short films about the conflict in Northern Ireland - After '68 and 81. A father of three children, he lives and works between Ireland and Italy.