The Best Living Irish Actresses

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

Catelyn Stark might be from the North, but Michelle Fairley, who played her, is from the great country of Ireland, along with the other best living Irish actresses on this list. Just one of many fantastic and talented Irish actresses still alive today, Fairley and the other women on this list have two things in common: they're good actresses and they're Irish. Many have made their mark in Hollywood and while some of these female Irish actresses have retired, all are still living, and most are still working.

Who are the top living Irish actresses? From big names like Fionnula Flanagan to newcomers and young Irish actresses, there's a great deal of film talent from Ireland popping up in big movies and indie films across the globe.

This list features the greatest living Irish actresses including Susan Lynch, Fionnula Flanagan, Brenda Fricker, Fiona Shaw, Sarah Bolger, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Bolger, Evanna Lynch, and Ruth Negga. Don't see your favorite living actress from Ireland? Add her 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 actresses still alive today.
Ranked by
  • Saoirse Ronan
    1
    111 votes
    The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones
  • Katie McGrath
    2
    63 votes
    W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog
  • Ruth Negga
    3
    47 votes
    World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto
  • Sarah Bolger
    4
    42 votes
    In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries
  • Fiona Shaw
    5
    55 votes

    Fiona Shaw

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Dominique McElligott
    6
    36 votes
    Moon, The Guard, Leap Year