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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.