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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
Martin Sheen 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
Olivia Wilde 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
Colin O'Donoghue 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
Michael Fassbender 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
Bernadette Nolan 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
Pierce Brosnan 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
Peter O'Toole 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
Michael Gambon 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
Denis Leary 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
Mel Gibson 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
Colm Meaney 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
James Nesbitt 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
John Huston 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
Spike Milligan 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
Donal Logue 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
Cyril Cusack 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
Daniel Day-Lewis 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
Gabriel Byrne 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
Colin Farrell 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
Kim Delaney 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
Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: London, Law & Order: UK Jamie Bamber is an actor.

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Bono 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
Jonathan Rhys Meyers 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
David Kelly 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
Brendan Coyle 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

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Graham Linehan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Graham Linehan The IT Crowd, AD/BC: A Rock Opera Graham Linehan is an Irish television comedy writer and director who, often in partnership with Arthur Mathews, has written or co-written a number of popular television comedies. He is most ...more

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Richard Harris Richard St John Harris was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and ...more

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Graham Norton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Graham Norton Comic Relief, Aristocrats, Rex the Runt Graham William Walker, better known by the stage name Graham Norton, is an Irish television and radio presenter, comedian, and actor. He is the host of comedy chat show The Graham Norton Show. ...more

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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Chris O'Dowd The IT Crowd, Doc Martin, The Crimson Petal and the White Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. He has appeared in several films, including ...more

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Brendan Gleeson Into the Storm Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known performances include supporting roles in films such as Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, Troy, and the Harry Potter films and ...more

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Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Denis O'Hare True Blood, American Horror Story, Maggie Hill Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare is an American actor noted for his award-winning performances in the plays Take Me Out and Sweet Charity, as well as portraying the vampire Russell Edgington on HBO's ...more

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Aidan Gillen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Aidan Gillen Game of Thrones, The Wire, Queer as Folk Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying CIA Agent Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises, Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the ...more

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Maureen O'Hara Backstory Maureen O'Hara is an Irish film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the age of 6–17 she trained ...more

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Dervla Kirwan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Dervla Kirwan Ballykissangel, The Silence, Hearts and Bones Dervla Kirwan is an Irish television and stage actress who has had roles in British television shows which included Ballykissangel and Goodnight Sweetheart among others. She also appeared in the ...more

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Richard Todd is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Richard Todd Boy Dominic Richard Todd OBE was an Irish-born British stage and film actor and soldier.

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Dan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Dan O'Herlihy A Man Called Sloane, The Long, Hot Summer Daniel O'Herlihy was an Irish film actor, known for such roles as Conal Cochran in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, "The Old Man" in RoboCop, and Andrew Packard in Twin Peaks. He ...more

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Peter McDonald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Peter McDonald Sea of Souls, Killing Hitler, City of Vice Peter McDonald is an Irish Academy Award nominated stage and screen actor. He grew up in Mount Merrion in south County Dublin. He was educated at St. Michael's College, Dublin on Ailesbury Road ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Jimmy Carr A League of Their Own, A Comedy Roast, 8 Out of 10 Cats Uncut James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more

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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Fionnula Flanagan Brotherhood, How the West Was Won, H.E.L.P. Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan is an Irish actress and political activist.

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Pauline McLynn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Pauline McLynn Father Ted, EastEnders, Loose Women Pauline McLynn is an Irish character comedy actress and author, best known for playing roles such as Mrs Doyle in the Channel 4 sitcom Father Ted, and Libby Croker in the Channel 4 comedy drama ...more

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Fiona Shaw True Blood, Empire, Gormenghast Fiona Mary Shaw, CBE is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO ...more

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Malachy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Malachy McCourt Ryan's Hope, Search for Tomorrow Malachy Gerard McCourt is an Irish-American actor, writer, and politician. He was the 2006 Green Party candidate for governor in New York State, losing to the Democratic candidate Eliot Spitzer. ...more

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Neil Jordan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Neil Jordan Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish film director, screenwriter and novelist. He won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International ...more

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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Liam Cunningham Game of Thrones, Outcasts, Shooting the Past Liam Cunningham is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles in the films A Little Princess, Jude, Dog Soldiers, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, Centurion, Clash ...more

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Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Robert Michael Sheehan Misfits, Love/Hate, Accused Robert Michael Sheehan; is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits and Darren in Love/Hate, as well as the 2009 film Cherrybomb alongside Rupert ...more

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Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Cillian Murphy The Way We Live Now Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Since making his debut in his home country in the late 1990s, Murphy has also become a presence in British and American cinema—noted by ...more

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Elaine Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Elaine Cassidy Harper's Island, BBC Drama Fingersmith, Fingersmith Elaine Cassidy is an Irish actress and is best known for playing the lead character Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island, Felicia in Felicia's Journey opposite Bob Hoskins, ...more

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James Ellis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
James Ellis In Sickness and in Health, Z-Cars, Nightingales James "Jimmy" Ellis was a Northern Irish actor and stage director with a career stretching over sixty years. Originally a stage actor and director in Northern Ireland, he moved to ...more

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Tony Doyle is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Tony Doyle Between the Lines, Ballykissangel, 1990 Tony Doyle was an Irish television and film actor. He first came to prominence playing a liberal catholic priest - Father Sheehy - in RTÉ's iconic rural drama The Riordans. He appeared in ...more

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A. J. Buckley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
A. J. Buckley Justified, CSI: NY Alan John "A. J." Buckley is an Irish-born, Canadian television and film actor.