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Famous TV Actors from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 24.1k views381 items

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.
  • Martin Sheen1

    Martin Sheen

    The Simpsons, The West Wing

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, USA

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

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  • Olivia Wilde2

    Olivia Wilde

    House, The Black Donnellys

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist....  more

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  • Colin O'Donoghue3

    Colin O'Donoghue

    Once Upon a Time

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Colin Arthur O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician, best known for...  more

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  • Michael Fassbender4

    Michael Fassbender

    Band of Brothers, Hex

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, Germany

    Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in...  more

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  • Bernadette Nolan5

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland


    Bernadette Therese Nolan (17 October 1960 – 4 July 2013) was an English-Irish actress, singer...  more
  • Pierce Brosnan6

    Pierce Brosnan

    Remington Steele, Bag of Bones

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer,...  more

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  • Peter O'Toole7

    Peter O'Toole

    The Tudors, Masada

    BirthplaceConnemara, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, England

    Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British stage and film actor...  more

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  • Michael Gambon8

    Michael Gambon

    Luck, Angels in America

    BirthplaceCabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Sir Michael John Gambon (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born British character actor and...  more

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  • Denis Leary9

    Denis Leary

    Rescue Me, Crank Yankers

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Denis Colin O'Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and...  more

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  • Mel Gibson10

    Mel Gibson


    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is...  more

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  • Colm Meaney11

    Colm Meaney

    Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Colm J. Meaney (; Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor known for...  more
  • James Nesbitt12

    James Nesbitt

    Jekyll, Monroe

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom


    William James Nesbitt, (born 15 January 1965) is an actor and presenter from Northern...  more

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  • John Huston13

    John Huston

    The Return of the King, The Rhinemann Exchange

    BirthplaceNevada, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director,...  more

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  • Spike Milligan14

    Spike Milligan

    Gormenghast, Q

    BirthplaceAhmednagar, India

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Terence Alan Milligan (16 April 1918 – 27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a...  more

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  • Donal Logue15

    Donal Logue

    Sons of Anarchy, Vikings

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada, Ireland

    Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1965 or 1966) (sources vary) is an Irish-Canadian film...  more
  • Cyril Cusack16

    Cyril Cusack

    Jesus of Nazareth, The Golden Bowl

    BirthplaceDurban, South Africa

    NationalityIreland, United Kingdom, South Africa

    Cyril James Cusack (26 November 1910 – 7 October 1993) was an Irish actor, who appeared in...  more
  • Daniel Day-Lewis17

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Shoestring, Artemis 81

    BirthplaceGreenwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, United Kingdom

    Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is a retired English actor who holds...  more

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  • Gabriel Byrne18

    Gabriel Byrne

    Vikings, In Treatment

    BirthplaceWalkinstown, Republic of Ireland


    Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer,...  more

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  • Colin Farrell19

    Colin Farrell

    True Detective, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK)

    BirthplaceCastleknock, Republic of Ireland


    Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama...  more

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  • Kim Delaney20

    Kim Delaney

    CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1961) is an American actress known for her starring role as...  more

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  • Jamie Bamber21

    Jamie Bamber

    Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: London

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom


    Jamie St John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973) is an English/Irish/American actor, known...  more

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  • Bono22
    Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish...  more

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  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers23

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Dracula, The Tudors

    BirthplaceDrimnagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor....  more

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  • David Kelly24

    David Kelly

    Scarlett, Whoops Apocalypse

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    David Kelly (11 July 1929 – 12 February 2012) was an Irish actor who had regular roles in...  more
  • Brendan Coyle25

    Brendan Coyle

    Downton Abbey, North and South

    BirthplaceCorby, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland, England

    Brendan Coyle (born David Coyle; 2 December 1963) is an English-Irish actor. He won the...  more