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

2
238 582
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

3
147 591
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

4
134 592
Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Pierce Brosnan Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

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137 591
Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Colin Farrell Minority Report, Daredevil, Horrible Bosses

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124 564
Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Cillian Murphy The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

7
100 550
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

8
85 517
Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Sam Neill Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III

9
83 506
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

10
82 498
Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Brendan Gleeson Braveheart, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gangs of New York

11
62 411
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Kenneth Branagh Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

12
43 369
Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 12 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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29 325
Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Irish Actors
Dylan Moran Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run