The Best Irish Actresses of All Time

List Rules
Female actresses from Ireland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

From the silent film era to modern Hollywood blockbusters, Ireland has a long legacy of fantastic Irish actresses who have made names for themselves and their country in the film industry. Ranked here are best Irish actresses of all time, the female actresses and movie stars who, whether playing Irish characters or not, have turned in many memorable performances and given life to iconic characters in many films.

Who are the best Irish actresses of all time? Young stars like Saoirse Ronan are giving older established Irish actresses like Fionnula Flanagan a run for their money, but who deserves to be at the top of this Irish actresses list? Great Irish actresses are all over Hollywood films, so it's time to decide who is the best of the best.

This list features the top Irish actresses of all time including Maureen O’Hara, Eileen Percy, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, Danielle Wickworth, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Emma Ledden, Maureen O’Sullivan, and Fiona Shaw. Don't see your favorite actress from the Eire? Add her below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best Irish actresses to have ever graced the screen.
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  • Maureen O'Hara
    Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley
    269 votes
    • Birthplace: Ranelagh, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland, United States of America
    Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish and American actress and singer. O'Hara was a famous redhead who was known for playing fiercely passionate but ...more
  • Saoirse Ronan
    The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones
    280 votes
    • Birthplace: Woodlawn, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America
    Saoirse Una Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an Irish and American actress. Primarily noted for her work in period dramas since a teenager, she has received several awards, including a Golden Globe ...more
  • Maureen O'Sullivan
    Hannah and Her Sisters, Peggy Sue Got Married, Pride and Prejudice
    115 votes
    • Birthplace: Boyle, County Roscommon, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: United States of America
    Maureen Paula O'Sullivan (17 May 1911 – 23 June 1998) was an Irish-American actress best known for playing Jane in the Tarzan series of films starring Johnny Weissmuller.
  • Brenda Fricker
    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot
    128 votes
    • Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Nationality: Ireland
    Brenda Fricker (born 17 February 1945) is an Irish actress of stage and screen. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1990, she became the first Irish actress to win an ...more