The Best Irish Actresses of All Time

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List Criteria: Female actresses from Ireland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

From the silent film era to modern Hollywood blockbusters, Ireland has a long legacy of fantastic Irish actresses who have made names for themselves and their country in the film industry. Ranked here are best Irish actresses of all time, the female actresses and movie stars who, whether playing Irish characters or not, have turned in many memorable performances and given life to iconic characters in many films.

Who are the best Irish actresses of all time? Young stars like Saoirse Ronan are giving older established Irish actresses like Fionnula Flanagan a run for their money, but who deserves to be at the top of this Irish actresses list? Great Irish actresses are all over Hollywood films, so it's time to decide who is the best of the best.

This list features the top Irish actresses of all time including Maureen O’Hara, Eileen Percy, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, Danielle Wickworth, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emma Ledden, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Fiona Shaw. Don't see your favorite actress from the Eire? Add her below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best Irish actresses to have ever graced the screen.
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    Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley

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    The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood

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    The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium

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    The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot

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    Hannah and Her Sisters, Peggy Sue Got Married, Pride and Prejudice

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    Arthur, Wuthering Heights, Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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    V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty

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    In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries

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    Gun Crazy, Night of the Demon, Green Grass of Wyoming

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    32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence

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    Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill, Major League II

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    World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto

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    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: ...

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    Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes

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    Kitty McShane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actresses of All Time

    Kitty McShane Old Mother Riley's Circus, Old Mother Riley, Old Mother Riley in Paris

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    W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog

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    War of the Buttons, Ondine, School for Seduction

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    Danielle Wickworth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actresses of All Time

    Danielle Wickworth

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    In America, Heidi

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    Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Bright Star

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    Unleashed, Angela's Ashes, Intermission

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    The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Charley Moon, Woman's Temptation

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    Jump, The Fading Light, War Games: At the End of the Day

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    The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Infidel, The Woods

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    Wild and Woolly, The Third Eye, Within the Law

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    Emma Ledden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Actresses of All Time

    Emma Ledden

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    Moon, The Guard, Leap Year

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    The Time Machine, Boy Eats Girl, Cross

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