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irish 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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Caitriona Balfe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
FansOCaitrionaB added Caitriona Balfe Super 8, Escape Plan, Lust Life

2
90 42
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Saoirse Ronan The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones

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69 28
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Maisie Williams Up on the Roof

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66 28
Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Sophie Turner Barely Lethal, The Thirteenth Tale, Mary Shelley's Monster

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35 17
Katie McGrath is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Katie McGrath W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog

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20 13
Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Michelle Fairley Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Philomena

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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Fionnula Flanagan The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood

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17 11
Ruth Negga is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Ruth Negga World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto

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20 16
Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Evanna Lynch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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20 19
Alison Doody is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Alison Doody Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill, Major League II

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Sarah Bolger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Sarah Bolger In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries

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Laura Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Tim Schild added Laura Donnelly Dread, Right Hand Drive, Insatiable

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Maria Doyle Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Maria Doyle Kennedy The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium

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Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Brenda Fricker Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot

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Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Bronagh Gallagher Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes

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10 10
Kate Mansi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Kate Mansi

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Eve Hewson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Eve Hewson This Must Be the Place, Blood Ties, Enough Said

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15 16
Orla Brady is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Orla Brady 32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence

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14 15
Danielle Wickworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Danielle Wickworth

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17 19
Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Susan Lynch Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

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13 15
Emily Rudd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Emily Rudd

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13 15
Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Fiona Shaw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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13 15
Emma Ledden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Emma Ledden

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11 13
Rosanna Davison is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Rosanna Davison

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11 13
Kereny Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Kereny Jones

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12 15
Sinéad Cusack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Sinéad Cusack V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty

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Geraldine Somerville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Juliethejarhead added Geraldine Somerville 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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Chole Act is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Chole Act

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8 11
Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Nora-Jane Noone Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday

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7 10
Valene Kane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Valene Kane Jump, The Fading Light, War Games: At the End of the Day

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11 15
Samantha Mumba is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Samantha Mumba The Time Machine, Boy Eats Girl, Cross

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10 14
Dominique McElligott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Dominique McElligott Moon, The Guard, Leap Year

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9 13
Rozana Purcell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Rozana Purcell

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8 12
Grainne Seoige is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Grainne Seoige

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7 11
Ana Matronic is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Ana Matronic

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7 12
Kerry Condon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Kerry Condon Unleashed, Angela's Ashes, Intermission

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6 11
Morgane Slemp is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Morgane Slemp Total Recall, Step Up Revolution, Hostel 3

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7 13
Orla Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Orla Fitzgerald The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Infidel, The Woods

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10 17
Georgia Salpa is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Georgia Salpa

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6 12
Aimee Richardson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
sonof100maniacs added Aimee Richardson Miss Conception

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5 11
Patricia Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Patricia Driscoll The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Charley Moon, Woman's Temptation

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Tamara Mcdonald is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Tamara Mcdonald

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6 13
Emma Bolger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Emma Bolger In America, Heidi

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6 13
Casey Hays is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Casey Hays

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7 15
Antonia Campbell-Hughes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Antonia Campbell-Hughes Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Bright Star

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7 15
Stella Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Stella Maxwell