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The Best Irish Actresses Working Today 

Ranker Film
Updated June 14, 2019 2.9k votes 653 voters 21.6k views 46 items

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.
list ordered by
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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones
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Katie McGrath is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog
3
Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Barely Lethal, The Thirteenth Tale, Mary Shelley's Monster
4
Maisie Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
ghost00 added Up on the Roof
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Caitriona Balfe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
FansOCaitrionaB added Super 8, Escape Plan, Lust Life
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Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood
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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
Laura Donnelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Tim Schild added Dread, Right Hand Drive, Insatiable
10
Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Philomena
11
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
Maria Doyle Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium
13
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
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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
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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Orla Brady is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence
17
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
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Danielle Wickworth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Danielle Wickworth
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Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday
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Sinéad Cusack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty
21
Rosanna Davison is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Rosanna Davison
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Chole Act is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Chole Act
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Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age
24
Emma Ledden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Emma Ledden
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Kerry Condon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Irish Actresses Working Today
Unleashed, Angela's Ashes, Intermission