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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193 77
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
162 122
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
102 114
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
100 121
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

5
97 103
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
75 95
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
83 116
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

8
73 103
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
63 105
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

10
56 71
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

11
55 87
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

12
65 83
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

13
20 5
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
37 69
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
36 68
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
36 49
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
31 57
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Rite, Storage 24

18
10 8
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
34 69
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
34 56
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

21
6 5
Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Debby Thomas added Aidan Quinn

22
28 70
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

23
30 67
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
26 44
Andrew Scott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Saving Private Ryan, Locke, Nora

25
31 72
Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

26
30 60
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game

27
15 49
Eoin Macken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Centurion, Siren, Small Island

28
17 56
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
22 57
David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

30
20 54
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

31
13 50
Jason O'Mara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Resident Evil: Extinction, Space Truckers, One for the Money

32
11 49
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run

33
12 45
Seán McGinley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gangs of New York, The General

34
13 48
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Straw Dogs

35
14 51
Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono

36
12 47
Gerard McSorley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, War Horse, The Constant Gardener

37
12 49
Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy

38
9 50
A. J. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Happy Feet, The Forsaken, Deal of a Lifetime

39
9 50
Milo O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Romeo and Juliet, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Verdict

40
8 45
Damian O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

41
8 47
Devon Murray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

42
7 44
Kevin J. Ryan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Seven Songs for Amy, The Guru & the Gypsy

43
5 43
Owen Roe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation, The Shadow in the North

44
4 41
Jonas Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
VivianDedousi added Edge of Tomorrow, Book of Blood, Walking with the Enemy

45
4 46
Gavan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Gavan O'Herlihy

46
3 41
Peter Vollebregt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Earthbound, Big Swinger

47
3 41
Martin McCann is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Shadow Dancer, '71, Closing the Ring

48
3 43
Barry McEvoy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Gods and Generals, Veronica Guerin

49
2 46
Damian McGinty is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Irish Actors Working Today
Celtic Thunder: Take Me Home, Celtic Thunder: Heritage, Celtic Thunder: Christmas