Actresses The Best Living Irish Actresses  

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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.
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73 22
Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones

2
67 25
Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Philomena

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44 19
Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

4
40 19
Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Others, A Christmas Carol, Youngblood

5
36 19
Sarah Greene is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
rominafreije517 added The Guard, My Brothers, Eden

6
26 14
Katie McGrath is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
W.E., A Princess for Christmas, Freakdog

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35 23
Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot

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30 23
Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

9
22 15
Ruth Negga is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
World War Z, 12 Years a Slave, Breakfast on Pluto

10
24 18
Alison Doody is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, A View to a Kill, Major League II

11
24 18
Orla Brady is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
32A, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, The Luzhin Defence

12
21 16
Sarah Bolger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Moth Diaries

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18 13
Dominique McElligott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Moon, The Guard, Leap Year

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15 13
Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday

15
17 17
Maria Doyle Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Commitments, Jupiter Ascending, Byzantium

16
14 14
Kerry Condon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Unleashed, Angela's Ashes, Intermission

17
15 16
Emma Bolger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
In America, Heidi

18
12 13
Eve Hewson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
This Must Be the Place, Blood Ties, Enough Said

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17 19
Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age

20
10 11
Orla Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Infidel, The Woods

21
3 3
Bríd Brennan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Lilytabby added Excalibur, Shadow Dancer, Dancing at Lughnasa

22
9 13
Antonia Campbell-Hughes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Bright Star

23
11 17
Sinéad Cusack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty

24
10 16
Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes

25
7 13
Patricia Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Wackiest Ship in the Army, Charley Moon, Woman's Temptation

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10 17
Samantha Mumba is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Irish Actresses
The Time Machine, Boy Eats Girl, Cross