irish The Best Living Irish Actresses  

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List Rules Living female actresses from Ireland only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

Catelyn Stark might be from the North, but Michelle Fairley, who played her, is from the great country of Ireland, along with the other best living Irish actresses on this list. Just one of many fantastic and talented Irish actresses still alive today, Fairley and the other women on this list have two things in common: they're good actresses and they're Irish. Many have made their mark in Hollywood and while some of these female Irish actresses have retired, all are still living, and most are still working.

Who are the top living Irish actresses? From big names like Fionnula Flanagan to newcomers and young Irish actresses, there's a great deal of film talent from Ireland popping up in big movies and indie films across the globe.
 
This list features the greatest living Irish actresses including Susan Lynch, Fionnula Flanagan, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Sarah Bolger, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Bolger, Evanna Lynch, and Ruth Negga. Don't see your favorite living actress from Ireland? 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 still alive today.
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Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Michelle Fairley Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Philomena

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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Saoirse Ronan The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones

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Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Evanna Lynch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Sarah Greene is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Sarah Greene The Guard, My Brothers, Eden

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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Fionnula Flanagan The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood

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Katie McGrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Katie McGrath W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog

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Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Brenda Fricker Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot

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Alison Doody is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Alison Doody Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill, Major League II

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Orla Brady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Orla Brady 32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence

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Sarah Bolger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Sarah Bolger In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries

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Ruth Negga is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Ruth Negga World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Fiona Shaw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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+ - 16 11
Dominique McElligott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Dominique McElligott Moon, The Guard, Leap Year

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Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Nora-Jane Noone Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday

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Maria Doyle Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Maria Doyle Kennedy The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium

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Kerry Condon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Kerry Condon Unleashed, Angela's Ashes, Intermission

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Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Susan Lynch Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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Emma Bolger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Emma Bolger In America, Heidi

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Bríd Brennan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Bríd Brennan Excalibur, Shadow Dancer, Dancing at Lughnasa

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Eve Hewson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Eve Hewson This Must Be the Place, Blood Ties, Enough Said

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Antonia Campbell-Hughes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Antonia Campbell-Hughes Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Bright Star

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Orla Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Infidel, The Woods

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Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Bronagh Gallagher Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes

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Sinéad Cusack is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Sinéad Cusack V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty

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Patricia Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Patricia Driscoll The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Charley Moon, Woman's Temptation

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Samantha Mumba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Samantha Mumba The Time Machine, Boy Eats Girl, Cross