The ceremony was followed by a gala dinner, with Irons seated next to his Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, the president of the Marrakech film festival foundation.
“Dear Jeremy Irons,” Casta began during the tribute: “You follow in the great tradition of British acting, of talent without frontiers. They say that the British are the best actors in the world, and you follow in the footsteps of great British actors such as Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Cary Grant, who conquered Hollywood.”
Casta emphasized the fact that Irons has brought his talent to auteur films and blockbusters, and has also brought stage plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company to Broadway.
She then named some of the many great directors with whom he has worked including Barbet Schroeder,