The Best Irish Actors Working Today

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.
Ranked by
  • Cillian Murphy
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
  • Liam Neeson
    The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List
  • Michael Fassbender
    Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Colin Farrell
    Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses
  • Pierce Brosnan
    Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye
  • Brendan Gleeson
    Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York
  • Richard Harris
    Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Kenneth Branagh
    Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World
  • Domhnall Gleeson
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit
  • Gabriel Byrne
    The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State
  • Aidan Turner
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Jamie Dornan
    Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns
  • Michael Gambon
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Sam Neill
    Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III
  • Chris O'Dowd
    Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers
    Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Colm Meaney
    The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air
  • Andrew Scott
    Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora
  • Ciarán Hinds
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen, There Will Be Blood
  • Aidan Gillen
    The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer
  • James Nesbitt
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Liam Cunningham
    Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess
  • Aidan Quinn
    Legends of the Fall, Practical Magic, The Mission
  • Stephen Rea
    V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game
  • Stuart Townsend
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin