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The Best Irish Actors Working Today

Updated June 14, 2019 7.2k votes 922 voters 18.3k views48 items

List RulesIrish 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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  • Robert Michael Sheehan26
    49
    56

    Robert Michael Sheehan

    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch
  • Ciarán Hinds27
    46
    85

    Ciarán Hinds

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen
  • David Kelly28
    50
    60

    David Kelly

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust
  • Aidan Gillen29
    40
    76

    Aidan Gillen

    The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights
  • Dylan Moran30
    18
    53

    Dylan Moran

    Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill
  • Stephen Rea31
    35
    65

    Stephen Rea

    V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • Damian McGinty32
    12
    46

    Damian McGinty

    Celtic Thunder: Take Me Home, Celtic Thunder: Heritage
  • Milo O'Shea33
    11
    52

    Milo O'Shea

    Romeo and Juliet, The Purple Rose of Cairo
  • Stuart Townsend34
    27
    56

    Stuart Townsend

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux
  • A. J. Buckley35
    15
    128

    A. J. Buckley

    Happy Feet, The Forsaken
  • Gerard McSorley36
    16
    49

    Gerard McSorley

    Braveheart, War Horse
  • Seán McGinley37
    15
    48

    Seán McGinley

    Braveheart, Gangs of New York
  • Patrick Bergin38
    15
    51

    Patrick Bergin

    Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games
  • Devon Murray39
    10
    47

    Devon Murray

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Martin McCann40
    9
    43

    Martin McCann

    Shadow Dancer, '71
  • Jim Norton41
    18
    125

    Jim Norton

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • Kevin J. Ryan42
    14
    110

    Kevin J. Ryan

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Seven Songs for Amy
  • Jonas Armstrong43
    10
    105

    Jonas Armstrong

    Edge of Tomorrow, Book of Blood
  • Owen Roe44
    9
    108

    Owen Roe

    Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation
  • Damian O'Hare45
    9
    113

    Damian O'Hare

    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Barry McEvoy46
    7
    108

    Barry McEvoy

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Gods and Generals
  • Peter Vollebregt47
    5
    104

    Peter Vollebregt

    Earthbound, Big Swinger
  • Gavan O'Herlihy48
    5
    115

    Gavan O'Herlihy