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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

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, Ireland

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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

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America

Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series ...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

Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Colin Arthur O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician, best known for portraying Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time. He appeared in ...more

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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

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Nationality: Ireland, Germany

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2007) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage ...more

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Bernadette Nolan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Brookside

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Bernadette Therese Nolan (17 October 1960 – 4 July 2013) was an English-Irish actress, singer and television personality, formerly lead vocalist of the girl group the Nolans. She was the second ...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

Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: United States of America, Ireland

Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer, activist, architect and environmentalist. Born in Ireland, Brosnan became a naturalised American citizen. ...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

Birthplace: Connemara, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, England

Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, ...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

Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Sir Michael John Gambon (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born British character actor and private pilot who has worked in theatre, television, and film. He is also known as The Great Gambon as ...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

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Denis Colin O'Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and producer. Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season ...more

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Punishment

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America

Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, particularly his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first ...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

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin

Nationality: Ireland

Colm J. Meaney (; Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ...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

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

William James Nesbitt, (born 15 January 1965) is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane before ...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)

Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, United States of America

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United States of America

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. ...more

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Gormenghast, Q, Q...

Birthplace: Ahmednagar, India

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Terence Alan Milligan (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a British-Irish comedian, writer, poet, playwright and actor. The son of an Irish father and an English ...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

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Ottawa Valley, Ottawa, Americas

Nationality: Canada, Ireland

Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1965 or 1966) (sources vary) is an Irish-Canadian film and television actor, producer and writer. His roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve, ...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

Birthplace: Durban, South Africa

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa

Cyril James Cusack (26 November 1910 – 7 October 1993) was an Irish actor, who appeared in numerous films and television productions in a career lasting more than 70 years.
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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

Birthplace: Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is a retired English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely ...more

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Ireland
Vikings, In Treatment, Strangers

Birthplace: Walkinstown, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he ...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?

Birthplace: Castleknock, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, 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

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1961) is an American actress known for her starring role as Detective Diane Russell on the ABC drama television series NYPD Blue, for which she won an Emmy Award. ...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

Birthplace: London, England

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom

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

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best known as ...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

Birthplace: Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match ...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

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

David Kelly (11 July 1929 – 12 February 2012) 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 ...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

Birthplace: Corby, United Kingdom

Nationality: Ireland, England

Brendan Coyle (born David Coyle; 2 December 1963) is an English-Irish actor. He won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for The Weir in 1999. He also played Nicholas ...more