Entertainment The Best Irish Actresses Working Today  

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List Rules Irish actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great Irish actresses throughout film history, but which female Irish actresses working today are the greatest? This list of the best Irish actresses working today ranks today's best Hollywood actresses hailing from Ireland, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated Irish actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in Ireland, but are popular actresses all over the world. Today's top Irish actresses go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are gorgeous to boot!

The greatest Irish actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, Chole Act, Danielle Wickworth, Stella Maxwell, Emma Ledden, Fiona Shaw, and Brenda Fricker. If there’s an actress listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses 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 actresses from Ireland who are currently working.
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136 58
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones
2
106 40
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Up on the Roof
3
77 22
Katie McGrath is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog
4
102 40
Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Barely Lethal, The Thirteenth Tale, Mary Shelley's Monster
5
106 69
Caitriona Balfe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
FansOCaitrionaB added Super 8, Escape Plan, Lust Life
6
37 12
Laura Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Tim Schild added Dread, Right Hand Drive, Insatiable
7
45 21
Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Philomena
8
40 17
Ruth Negga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto
9
45 22
Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
10
56 33
Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood
11
37 24
Sarah Bolger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries
12
29 17
Maria Doyle Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium
13
29 22
Alison Doody is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill, Major League II
14
29 24
Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot
15
24 19
Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
16
21 18
Danielle Wickworth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Danielle Wickworth
17
18 15
Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes
18
16 13
Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday
19
21 19
Orla Brady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence
20
21 20
Eve Hewson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
This Must Be the Place, Blood Ties, Enough Said
21
17 16
Rosanna Davison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Rosanna Davison
22
15 14
Kate Mansi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Kate Mansi
23
8 6
Geraldine Somerville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Juliethejarhead added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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21 22
Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
25
18 19
Emma Ledden is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Emma Ledden