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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176 59
Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Aidan Turner The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2
130 118
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Liam Neeson The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

3
73 109
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Colin Farrell Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

4
71 108
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

5
70 109
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Pierce Brosnan Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

6
73 95
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Cillian Murphy The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

7
54 90
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Brendan Gleeson Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

8
53 99
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Sam Neill Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

9
56 98
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

10
43 80
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Kenneth Branagh Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

11
45 67
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Richard Harris Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

12
51 78
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

13
33 64
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Michael Gambon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

14
29 62
Ciarán Hinds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Ciarán Hinds Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen, There Will Be Blood

The Best American Actresses Working Today

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24 50
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Colin O'Donoghue The Rite, Storage 24

16
29 66
Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Colm Meaney The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

17
24 63
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Liam Cunningham Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

18
27 62
James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
James Nesbitt The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

19
2 0
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Rebert added Jamie Dornan Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns

20
26 61
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Aidan Gillen The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer

21
2 1
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Aidan Quinn Legends of the Fall, Practical Magic, The Mission

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27 53
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Chris O'Dowd Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

23
28 56
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Stephen Rea V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game

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1 2
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Aidan Quinn

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22 45
Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Domhnall Gleeson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit

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18 41
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Andrew Scott Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

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13 45
Eoin Macken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Eoin Macken Centurion, Siren, Small Island

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15 52
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Graham Norton Another Gay Movie, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Eurovision Song Contest: Your Country Needs Blue

The Best American Actors Working Today

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21 53
David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
David Kelly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

30
12 46
Jason O'Mara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jason O'Mara Resident Evil: Extinction, Space Truckers, One for the Money

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17 49
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Stuart Townsend The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

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13 45
Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Robert Michael Sheehan The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono

33
12 44
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jim Norton Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Straw Dogs

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11 42
Seán McGinley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Seán McGinley Braveheart, Gangs of New York, The General

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11 43
Gerard McSorley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gerard McSorley Braveheart, War Horse, The Constant Gardener

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9 45
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run

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9 47
A. J. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
A. J. Buckley Happy Feet, The Forsaken, Deal of a Lifetime

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9 47
Milo O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Milo O'Shea Romeo and Juliet, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Verdict

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11 47
Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Patrick Bergin Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy

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7 42
Damian O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Damian O'Hare Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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7 44
Devon Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Devon Murray Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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6 42
Kevin J. Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Kevin J. Ryan The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Seven Songs for Amy, The Guru & the Gypsy

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4 40
Owen Roe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Owen Roe Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation, The Shadow in the North

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4 43
Gavan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gavan O'Herlihy

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3 38
Jonas Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Jonas Armstrong Edge of Tomorrow, Book of Blood, Walking with the Enemy

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3 38
Peter Vollebregt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Peter Vollebregt Earthbound, Big Swinger

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3 38
Martin McCann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Martin McCann Shadow Dancer, '71, Closing the Ring

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3 40
Barry McEvoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Barry McEvoy Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Gods and Generals, Veronica Guerin

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1 42
Damian McGinty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Damian McGinty Celtic Thunder: Take Me Home, Celtic Thunder: Heritage, Celtic Thunder: Christmas