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Famous Actors from Ireland

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List of film actors and actresses from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Ireland has produced some very talented actors and actresses in the last century, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These Irish actors specialize in film, television or even theater, so they're not all necessarily movie stars. These are some of the best Irish actors the country has ever seen, so if you're a native of Ireland and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

This list features actors like Proinsias Mac Aonghusa and Elisha Scott.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Irish actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Irish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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    Andrea Jane Corr MBE is an Irish musician, songwriter, and actress. Corr debuted in 1990 as the lead singer of the Celtic folk rock and pop rock group The Corrs along with her three elder siblings Caroline, Sharon, and Jim. Aside from singing lead vocals Corr plays the tin whistle and the piano. With ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Dundalk, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
    • Characters: Kayley, Perón's Mistress, Sharon Rabbitte
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    Cecelia Ahern
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    Cecelia Ahern is an Irish novelist since 2004. She has published several novels and contributed a number of short stories to various anthologies. Ahern also created and produced the ABC comedy Samantha Who? starring Christina Applegate. She is a face of Littlewoods Ireland.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
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    Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was discovered by Hollywood when Joel Schumacher cast him in the lead in his war drama Tigerland. He then starred in ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Castleknock, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
    • Characters: Danny Byrne
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    Cyril Cusack
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    Cyril Cusack was an actor.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1910-1993)
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
    • Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa
    • Characters: Barkis, Dr. Maitland, Grumio, The Captain, Bill Hopkins, + more
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    Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Despite his traditional ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Characters: Kafka, Archie Hughes-Forret
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    Daniella Masterson
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    Dani Masterson is an Irish actress. Born in Galway, she lived in London for eight years and is now living in Dublin. She has also lived in Spain and Dubai. Masterson trained in Thames Valley University in Acting for Stage & Media. Credits include feature film WC and TV series Great War Diaries, Podge & ...more

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    • Birthplace: County Galway, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
    • Characters: Kelly
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    • Birthplace: London Borough of Enfield, London, England
    • Nationality: Ireland
    • Characters: Cohn's Assistant
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    Eileen Pollock is a Northern Irish actress.more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Northern Ireland
    • Characters: Deedee O'Donnell
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    Elisha Scott
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    Elisha Scott was an Irish football goalkeeper who most notably played for Liverpool from 1912 to 1934.more

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    • Age: Died at 66 (1893-1959)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Ireland, Northern Ireland
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    Harry Baird was a Northern Irish footballer who played for, among others, Linfield, Manchester United, Huddersfield Town and Ipswich Town. He was born in Belfast, at the time part of the country of Ireland. As an international, Baird was also called up by both Ireland teams – FAI XI and the IFA XI – but ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1913-1973)
    • Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland
    • Characters: Bud
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    Jack O'Shea is a former Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football at various times with his local clubs St. Mary's in Kerry and Leixlip in Kildare. He was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1976 until 1992. O'Shea is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time. He is ...more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Cahersiveen, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
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    James J. Braddock
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    James Walter "Cinderella Man" Braddock was an American boxer who was the world heavyweight champion from 1935 to 1937. Fighting under the name James J. Braddock, he was known for his powerful right hand, solid chin and comeback from a floundering career. He had lost several bouts due to chronic hand ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1905-1974)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: Ireland, United States of America
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    Jimmy Carr
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    James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. He is also a writer, actor and presenter of radio and television. Carr moved to a career in comedy in 2000 and has ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Hounslow, London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Characters: Presenter
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    Kevin Edward Doyle is an Irish international footballer who plays as a forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers. With his contract with Wolves expiring at the conclusion of the current season, Doyle has signed a pre-contract agreement to join the Major League Soccer club Colorado Rapids from 1 July 2015. He ...more

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    • Age: age 32
    • Birthplace: Adamstown, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland
    • Characters: Keane
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    Olivia Wilde
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    Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha Dog, The Death and Life of Bobby Z, Year One, Tron: Legacy, The Change-Up, In Time, People Like Us, Her, and has ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America
    • Characters: Alex Kelly, Thirteen, Jenny Reilly, Jewel Goldman
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    Proinsias Mac Aonghusa

    Proinsias Mac Aonghusa was a vice-chairman of Ireland's Labour Party. He edited and wrote an introduction to Corish Speaks, a collection of speeches by Brendan Corish, who was then Leader of the party. He was expelled from the Labour Party on the 12 January 1967 for "activities injurious" to the party.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1933-2003)
    • Birthplace: Galway, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland
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    William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues-rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader. Born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, and raised in Cork, Gallagher recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s, after forming the band Taste during the late 1960s. He was a talented guitarist known ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1948-1995)
    • Birthplace: Ballyshannon, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
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    Sir Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor of Irish and English parentage and Irish nationality. His early life was spent in India where he was born. The majority of his working life was spent in the United Kingdom. He disliked his first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1918-2002)
    • Birthplace: India, Ahmednagar
    • Nationality: Ireland
    • Characters: Man on Train
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