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The Best Living Irish Actors  

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List Rules Living male actors from Ireland only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

Though many great Irish actors and film stars have passed on, Hollywood is full of excellent Irish acting talent who are still alive today. Among the best living actors from Ireland are action film stars, Irish leading men, and even a few excellent Irish character actors and film stars who have played creepy villains. In short, there is some true Irish talent still alive today, whether these top actors from the Land of Erin are still working or have already retired from the film industry.

Who are the top living Irish actors? More than a few members of the Game of Thrones cast hail from Ireland and there are lots of other Irish actors in Hollywood as well. From a James Bond to young up and comers, and multiple handsome Irish heartthrobs (hi there, Michael Fassbender and Colin Farrell).

This list features the greatest living Irish actors and includes Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Ciaran Hinds, Sam Neill, Robert Michael Sheehan, and Devon Murray. Don't see your favorite living actor from Ireland? Add him 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 actors still alive today.
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Aidan Turner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
2
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List
3
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
4
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
5
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses
6
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye
7
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
8
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State
9
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York
10
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III
11
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World
12
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game