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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217 84
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
179 129
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
110 121
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
116 132
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

5
122 108
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

6
84 99
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

7
95 122
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

8
78 106
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

9
64 89
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

10
71 109
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

11
74 88
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
62 74
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

13
29 11
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Rebert added Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns

14
40 72
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
40 71
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
44 52
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
35 59
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Rite, Storage 24

18
12 10
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
38 72
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
33 72
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

21
39 60
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

22
30 47
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

23
8 7
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Aidan Quinn

24
33 75
Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

25
31 72
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer