Irish The Best Irish Actors Working Today  

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List Rules Irish actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great Irish actors throughout film history, but which male Irish actors working today are the greatest? This list of the best Irish actors working today ranks today's best Hollywood actors hailing from Ireland, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actors are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated Irish actors working today from best to worst. These great actors are all from somewhere in Ireland, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top Irish actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are handsome to boot!

The greatest Irish actors working today who are ranked on this list include Colin Farrell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Cillian Murphy, Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Rea, and Ciaran Hinds. If there’s an actor listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote him up. If the actors you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actors from Ireland who are currently working.
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190 72
Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2
155 121
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

3
94 112
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

4
95 117
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

5
72 93
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

6
90 101
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

7
70 101
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

8
79 116
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

9
62 102
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

10
54 69
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

11
61 80
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

12
51 84
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

13
36 66
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

14
14 3
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Rebert added Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns

15
33 65
Ciarán Hinds is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen, There Will Be Blood

16
34 46
Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit

17
30 53
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Rite, Storage 24

18
8 4
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Legends of the Fall, Practical Magic, The Mission

19
32 66
James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

20
32 54
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

21
27 68
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

22
29 65
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer

23
31 70
Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

24
4 4
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Aidan Quinn

25
22 42
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

26
29 58
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game

27
15 47
Eoin Macken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Centurion, Siren, Small Island

28
16 54
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Another Gay Movie, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Eurovision Song Contest: Your Country Needs Blue

29
22 55
David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

30
13 48
Jason O'Mara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Resident Evil: Extinction, Space Truckers, One for the Money

31
19 52
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

32
11 47
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run

33
12 43
Seán McGinley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gangs of New York, The General

34
13 46
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Straw Dogs

35
14 49
Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono

36
12 45
Gerard McSorley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, War Horse, The Constant Gardener

37
9 48
A. J. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Happy Feet, The Forsaken, Deal of a Lifetime

38
9 48
Milo O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Romeo and Juliet, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Verdict

39
11 48
Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy

40
8 43
Damian O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

41
8 45
Devon Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

42
7 43
Kevin J. Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Seven Songs for Amy, The Guru & the Gypsy

43
5 41
Owen Roe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation, The Shadow in the North

44
4 39
Jonas Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Edge of Tomorrow, Book of Blood, Walking with the Enemy

45
4 44
Gavan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gavan O'Herlihy

46
3 39
Peter Vollebregt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Earthbound, Big Swinger

47
3 39
Martin McCann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Shadow Dancer, '71, Closing the Ring

48
3 41
Barry McEvoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Gods and Generals, Veronica Guerin

49
2 43
Damian McGinty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Celtic Thunder: Take Me Home, Celtic Thunder: Heritage, Celtic Thunder: Christmas