Film Actors Popular Film Actors from Ireland

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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
Braveheart, Lethal Weapon, Pocahontas 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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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Departed 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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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 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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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus 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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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye 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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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Daredevil, Minority Report, Horrible Bosses 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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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood 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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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire 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 Leary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life, Ice Age 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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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog 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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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State 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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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley 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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Donal Logue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Blade, Jerry Maguire, The Patriot 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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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 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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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Others, A Christmas Carol, Tears of the Sun Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan is an Irish actress and political activist.

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Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Rite, Storage 24 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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Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air 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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Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Garden State, Charlie Wilson's War, The Proposal 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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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300 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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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Clash of the Titans, War Horse, Hunger 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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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Chinatown, The Black Cauldron, Annie 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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Dan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
RoboCop, RoboCop 2, Fail Safe 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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James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, Coriolanus 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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Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy Patrick Connolly Bergin is an Irish actor and singer.

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

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Lorelei Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
She's Out of My League, Leno's Last Kiss, Escape The Fate Lorelei Mahoney is an American musician and actress turned screenwriter who has played roles in major films such as Hollywood & Wine and She's Out of My League as well as starring in ...more

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

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 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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Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises 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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Geraldine Somerville is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Geraldine Margaret Agnew-Somerville is an Irish born British actress best known for her roles as Detective Sergeant Jane Penhaligon in Cracker, and Lily Potter in the Harry Potter film series.

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George Brent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Jezebel, Dark Victory, 42nd Street George Brent was an Irish stage, film, and television actor in American cinema.

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Richard Lynch is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Halloween, The Seven-Ups, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Richard Hugh Lynch was an American actor best known for portraying villains in films and television. His film credits included The Sword and the Sorcerer, Invasion USA, The Seven-Ups, Scarecrow, ...more

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Cathy Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Raging Bull, Kindergarten Cop, Casper Cathy Moriarty is an American actress whose career spans over thirty years. Her role as Jake LaMotta's wife in Raging Bull, directed by Martin Scorsese, earned her an Oscar nomination for Best ...more

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Malachy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Other Guys, Gods and Generals, The Bonfire of the Vanities 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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Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot Brenda Fricker is an Irish actress of theatre, film and television. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1989, she became the first Irish actress to win an Oscar, ...more

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Masks and Faces George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

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Creighton Hale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard Creighton Hale was an Irish-American theatre, film and television actor whose career extended more than a half-century, from the early 1900s to the end of the 1950s.

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Life of Brian, Dot and the Kangaroo, The Last Remake of Beau Geste 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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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones Saoirse Úna Ronan is an Irish actress. She came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring as Briony Tallis in the film Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, for ...more

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Tom Dugan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
On the Town, To Be or Not to Be, The Fighting 69th Tom Dugan was an Irish film actor. He appeared in more than 260 films between 1927 and 1955. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and died in Redlands, California.

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Kim Delaney is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Mission to Mars, The Delta Force, 10.5 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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Richard Todd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Longest Day, The Sword and the Rose, The Big Sleep Richard Todd OBE was an Irish-born British stage and film actor and soldier.

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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, Dinner for Schmucks 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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David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned 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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Sean Power is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Cowboys & Angels, 360, Life with Mikey Sean Power is an American actor, writer and director. Power has resided in Canada, the United States, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He is probably best known for his role as Marty in the BBC ...more

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Liam Redmond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Barry Lyndon, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Liam Redmond was an Irish actor known for his stage, film and television roles.

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

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Sheamus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
The Escapist, Over the Limit 2011 Pay-Per-View, Extreme Rules Stephen Farrelly is an Irish professional wrestler. He is signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Sheamus. Prior to joining WWE, ...more

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Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress and model. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four films and their tie-in video ...more