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List of famous film actors and actresses from Ireland, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Ireland has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Irish screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Ireland and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Film actors here include everything from Stuart Dunne to Des Keogh.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Irish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Mel Gibson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Mel Gibson Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas

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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Martin Sheen Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Departed

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Richard Harris Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus

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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Pierce Brosnan Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye

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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Colin Farrell Daredevil, Minority Report, Horrible Bosses

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Michael Gambon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Brendan Gleeson Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Denis Leary The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life, Ice Age

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Olivia Wilde Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Gabriel Byrne The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Maureen O'Hara Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley

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Donal Logue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Donal Logue Blade, Jerry Maguire, The Patriot

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Fionnula Flanagan The Others, A Christmas Carol, Tears of the Sun

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Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Colin O'Donoghue The Rite, Storage 24

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Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Colm Meaney The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air

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Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Denis O'Hare Garden State, Charlie Wilson's War, The Proposal

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300

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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Liam Cunningham Clash of the Titans, War Horse, Hunger

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
John Huston Chinatown, The Black Cauldron, Annie

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Dan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Dan O'Herlihy RoboCop, RoboCop 2, Fail Safe

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James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
James Nesbitt The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, Coriolanus

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Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Patrick Bergin Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy

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Christopher Casson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Christopher Casson Educating Rita, Johnny Nobody, The Sleep of Death

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Lorelei Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Lorelei Mahoney She's Out of My League, Leno's Last Kiss, Escape The Fate

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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Cyril Cusack Harold and Maude, My Left Foot, The Day of the Jackal

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Fiona Shaw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Cillian Murphy The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises

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Geraldine Somerville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Geraldine Somerville Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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George Brent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
George Brent Jezebel, Dark Victory, 42nd Street

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Richard Lynch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Richard Lynch Halloween, The Seven-Ups, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge

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Cathy Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Cathy Moriarty Raging Bull, Kindergarten Cop, Casper

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Malachy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Malachy McCourt The Other Guys, Gods and Generals, The Bonfire of the Vanities

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Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Brenda Fricker Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
George Bernard Shaw Masks and Faces

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Creighton Hale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Creighton Hale Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Spike Milligan Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste

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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Saoirse Ronan The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones

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Tom Dugan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Tom Dugan On the Town, To Be or Not to Be, The Fighting 69th

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Kim Delaney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Kim Delaney Mission to Mars, The Delta Force, 10.5

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Richard Todd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Richard Todd The Longest Day, The Sword and the Rose, The Big Sleep

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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Chris O'Dowd Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, Dinner for Schmucks

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David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
David Kelly Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned

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Sean Power is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Sean Power Cowboys & Angels, 360, Life with Mikey

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Liam Redmond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Liam Redmond Barry Lyndon, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin

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Geraldine Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Geraldine Fitzgerald Arthur, Wuthering Heights, Poltergeist II: The Other Side

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Sheamus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Sheamus The Escapist, Over the Limit 2011 Pay-Per-View, Extreme Rules

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Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Evanna Lynch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix