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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
Aidan Turner The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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189 79
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Liam Neeson The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Schindler's List

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92 58
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Cillian Murphy The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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102 70
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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116 88
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Pierce Brosnan Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

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112 85
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Colin Farrell Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

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70 56
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Brendan Gleeson Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

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76 65
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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73 62
Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

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73 64
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Sam Neill Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

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63 53
Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Liam Cunningham Clash of the Titans, War Horse, A Little Princess

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58 50
Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Colm Meaney The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

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50 47
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Kenneth Branagh Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

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45 46
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Chris O'Dowd Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

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46 50
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Michael Gambon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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42 48
Ciarán Hinds is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Ciarán Hinds Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Frozen, There Will Be Blood

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21 21
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Sazonana added Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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37 48
Domhnall Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Domhnall Gleeson Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, True Grit

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35 46
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Stephen Rea V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game

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4 1
Jamie Dornan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Kathy Linton Christie added Jamie Dornan Marie Antoinette, Fifty Shades of Grey, X Returns

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35 48
James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
James Nesbitt The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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27 43
Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Aidan Gillen The Dark Knight Rises, Shanghai Knights, Shadow Dancer

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28 45
Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Colin O'Donoghue The Rite, Storage 24

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23 43
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run

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21 43
David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
David Kelly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

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20 44
Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Robert Michael Sheehan The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono

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18 41
Devon Murray is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Devon Murray 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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12 31
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
IanHarvey added John Lynch In the Name of the Father, The Secret Garden, Sliding Doors

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14 35
A. J. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
A. J. Buckley Happy Feet, The Forsaken, Deal of a Lifetime

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13 36
Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Patrick Bergin Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy

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13 37
Gerard McSorley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Gerard McSorley Braveheart, War Horse, The Constant Gardener

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11 34
Stuart Townsend is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Stuart Townsend The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Æon Flux, Under the Skin

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13 38
Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Graham Norton Another Gay Movie, I Could Never Be Your Woman, Eurovision Song Contest: Your Country Needs Blue

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11 35
Jason O'Mara is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Jason O'Mara Resident Evil: Extinction, Space Truckers, One for the Money

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11 37
Milo O'Shea is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Milo O'Shea Romeo and Juliet, The Purple Rose of Cairo, The Verdict

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9 33
Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Jim Norton Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Straw Dogs

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10 36
Eoin Macken is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Eoin Macken Centurion, Siren, Small Island

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10 38
Martin McCann is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Martin McCann Shadow Dancer, '71, Closing the Ring

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8 34
Damian McGinty is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Damian McGinty Celtic Thunder: Take Me Home, Celtic Thunder: Heritage, Celtic Thunder: Christmas

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8 35
Gavan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Gavan O'Herlihy

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7 34
Damian O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Damian O'Hare Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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6 33
Seán McGinley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Seán McGinley Braveheart, Gangs of New York, The General

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5 31
Peter Vollebregt is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Peter Vollebregt Earthbound, Big Swinger

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5 33
Kevin J. Ryan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Kevin J. Ryan The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Seven Songs for Amy, The Guru & the Gypsy

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5 35
Barry McEvoy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Barry McEvoy Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Gods and Generals, Veronica Guerin

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4 33
Owen Roe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Owen Roe Breakfast on Pluto, Sensation, The Shadow in the North

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3 30
Aamir Khan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
tilahun78223179 added Aamir Khan 3 idiots, Dil Chahta Hai, Like Stars on Earth

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1 27
Ali Olomi is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Robin Niazi added Ali Olomi Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Charlie Wilson's War, Eagle Eye