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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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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
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
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
4
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
5
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses
6
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
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye
8
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Rebert added Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns
9
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
10
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World
11
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III
12
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State
13
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
14
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
Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
Ciarán Hinds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen, There Will Be Blood
17
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Rite, Storage 24
18
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked
19
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
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
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora
22
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Legends of the Fall, Practical Magic, The Mission
23
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer
24
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
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 25 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