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Famous TV Actors from Ireland

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List of famous TV actors from Ireland, listed alphabetically with photos of the actors when available. Ireland has given birth to a lot of talented television actors who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and more. These are some of the funniest and most talented Irish TV stars that have ever lived, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from Ireland this list should contain many of your idols. If you're looking for a particular popular actor or actress from Ireland then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list has everything from Paul Brennan to Peter McDonald.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Irish TV actors?" and "Which television actors are from Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary TV stars of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a TV junkie use this list of talented Irish actresses to find some new TV stars that you haven't already heard of.
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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
The Simpsons, The West Wing, Captain Planet and the Planeteers
Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez, better known by his stage name Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first achieved fame with roles in the films Badlands and Apocalypse Now. Other ...more
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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
House, The Black Donnellys, Entertainment Tonight
Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more
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Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Once Upon a Time
Colin O'Donoghue is an Irish actor and musician known for his role as Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time, and his role as Michael Kovak in The Rite.
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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Band of Brothers, Hex, The Devil's Whore
Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He ...more
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Bernadette Nolan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Brookside
Bernadette Therese Nolan was an Irish born actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of the girl group The Nolans. She was the second youngest of sisters Anne, Denise, ...more
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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Remington Steele, Bag of Bones, Around the World in 80 Days
Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went ...more
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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
The Tudors, Masada, Gulliver's Travels
Peter Seamus O'Toole was a British-Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at ...more
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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Luck, Angels in America, Emma
Sir Michael John Gambon CBE is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. Gambon has played Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial The Singing Detective, ...more
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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Rescue Me, Crank Yankers, The Job
Denis Colin Leary is an actor and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, ...more
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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Punishment
Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series and Max ...more
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Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Hell on Wheels
Colm J. Meaney is an Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in ...more
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James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Jekyll, Monroe, Murphy's Law
James Nesbitt is an actor, presenter and comedian from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, ...more
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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
The Return of the King, The Rhinemann Exchange, The Word (US)
John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter and actor. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: ...more
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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Gormenghast, Q, Q...
Sir Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor of Irish and English parentage and Irish nationality. His early life was ...more
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Donal Logue is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, Gotham
Donal Francis Logue is a film & television actor, producer and writer. His notable roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve, Sons of Anarchy, Vikings, the sitcom Grounded for ...more
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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Jesus of Nazareth, The Golden Bowl, Strumpet City
Cyril Cusack was an actor.
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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Shoestring, Artemis 81, Thank You
Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being ...more
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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Vikings, In Treatment, Strangers
Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's ...more
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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
True Detective, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK), Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was ...more
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Kim Delaney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue, Army Wives
Kim Delaney is an American actress best known for her starring role as Detective Diane Russell on the ABC drama television series, NYPD Blue, for which she has won an Emmy Award. Early in her ...more
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Jamie Bamber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: London, Law & Order: UK
Jamie St John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973) is an English/Irish/American actor, known for his roles as Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin in the ITV ...more
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Bono is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the ...more
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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Dracula, The Tudors, Elvis
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis ...more
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David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Scarlett, Whoops Apocalypse, Me Mammy
David Kelly was an Irish actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. One of the most recognisable voices and faces of Irish stage and screen, Kelly ...more
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Brendan Coyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Downton Abbey, North and South, North & South
Brendan Coyle is an English actor. He is well known to television audiences for playing Nicholas Higgins in the miniseries North & South, Robert Timmins in the first three series of Lark ...more