Watchworthy
23.7k readers

Famous TV Actors from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 23.7k 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.
Photo:
...more
  • 1
    Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    The Simpsons, The West Wing

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Olivia Wilde

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Olivia Wilde 

    The Best Olivia Wilde Movies#314 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • 3
    Colin O'Donoghue

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Colin O'Donoghue 

    #136 of 234 The Hottest Men Of 2020, Ranked#16 of 48 The Best Irish Actors Working Today

  • 4
    Michael Fassbender

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Michael Fassbender 

    The Best Michael Fassbender MoviesThe Best Michael Fassbender Characters

  • 5
    Bernadette Nolan

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Bernadette Therese Nolan (17 October 1960 – 4 July 2013) was an English-Irish actress, singer... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    Remington Steele, Bag of Bones

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Drogheda

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    The Tudors, Masada

    BirthplaceConnemara, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

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

    More Peter O'Toole 

    The Best Peter O'Toole Movies#293 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • 8
    Michael Gambon

    Michael Gambon

    Luck, Angels in America

    BirthplaceCabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United Kingdom

    Sir Michael John Gambon (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born British character actor and... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Denis Leary

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Denis Leary 

    #64 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#220 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 10
    Mel Gibson

    Mel Gibson

    Punishment

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Mel Gibson 

    The Best Mel Gibson Movies#45 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • 11
    Colm Meaney

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    James Nesbitt

    James Nesbitt

    Jekyll, Monroe

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland

    William James Nesbitt, (born 15 January 1965) is an actor and presenter from Northern... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    John Huston

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Spike Milligan

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Spike Milligan 

    #65 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History#16 of 173 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

  • 15
    Donal Logue

    Donal Logue

    Sons of Anarchy, Vikings

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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

    More Donal Logue 

    #207 of 258 The Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever#33 of 50 50+ Actors You Forgot Were In Comic Book Movies

  • 16
    Cyril Cusack

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Shoestring, Artemis 81

    BirthplaceGreenwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ireland

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

    More Daniel Day-Lewis 

    13 Daniel Day-Lewis Performances That Prove The Mad Genius Of His Notorious Method#69 of 273 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • 18
    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne

    Vikings, In Treatment

    BirthplaceWalkinstown, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

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

    More Gabriel Byrne 

    #244 of 1,019 The Best Actors in Film History#117 of 238 Actors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book

  • 19
    Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell

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

    BirthplaceCastleknock, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Kim Delaney

    Kim Delaney

    CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

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

    More Kim Delaney 

    #1224 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History#303 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time

  • 21
    Jamie Bamber

    Jamie Bamber

    Battlestar Galactica, Law & Order: London

    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom

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

    More Jamie Bamber 

    #38 of 45 The Top Casting Choices for the Next James Bond Actor#156 of 370 340+ Uncircumcised Celebrities

  • 22
    Bono
    Paul David Hewson, KBE OL (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono (), is an Irish... more on Wikipedia

    More Bono 

    15 Fascinating Things You Didn't Know About Bono#109 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

  • 23
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Dracula, The Tudors

    BirthplaceDrimnagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    David Kelly

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Brendan Coyle

    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 on Wikipedia