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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
Age 63, Credits: Braveheart, Lethal Weapon & Pocahontas

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 5'9"

Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his action hero roles, particularly his breakout role as Max Rockatansky in the first ...more

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Martin Sheen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 78, Credits: Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man & The Departed

Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 5'6"

Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor who first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was ...more

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002), Credits: Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Birthplace: Limerick, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Republic of Ireland

Height: 6'0"

Richard St. John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, for which he ...more

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#578 of 1,042 The Best Singers of All Time #13 of 48 The Best Irish Actors Working Today

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Dec. at 81 (1932-2013), Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille & Prometheus

Birthplace: Connemara, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, England

Height: 1.91

Peter Seamus O'Toole (; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, ...more

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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 65, Credits: Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire & GoldenEye

Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 1.88

Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer, activist, architect and environmentalist. Born in Ireland, Brosnan became a naturalised American citizen. ...more

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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 42, Credits: Daredevil, Minority Report & Horrible Bosses

Birthplace: Castleknock, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 1.78

Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone in 1999, and was ...more

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#172 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #99 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever The Best Colin Farrell Movies

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 61, Credits: Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans & There Will Be Blood

Birthplace: London, England

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Height: 1.87

Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is a retired English actor who holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has been hailed by many as one of the greatest and most widely ...more

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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 78, Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, United Kingdom

Height: 1.83

Sir Michael John Gambon (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born British character actor and private pilot who has worked in theatre, television, and film. He is also known as The Great Gambon as ...more

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 63, Credits: Braveheart, Gangs of New York & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 1.85

Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient of three IFTA Awards, two BIFA Awards, and an Emmy Award and has been nominated twice for a BAFTA ...more

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 61, Credits: The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life & Ice Age

Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 6'2"

Denis Colin O'Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and producer. Leary was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season ...more

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 34, Credits: Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door & Alpha Dog

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 5'7"

Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist. She is known for her role as Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on the medical-drama television series ...more

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 68, Credits: The Usual Suspects, Excalibur & Enemy of the State

Birthplace: Walkinstown, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 5'10"

Gabriel James Byrne (born 12 May 1950) is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he ...more

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#243 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #12 of 48 The Best Irish Actors Working Today

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Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 98, Credits: Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man & How Green Was My Valley

Birthplace: Ranelagh, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 5'8"

Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish and American actress and singer. O'Hara was a famous redhead who was known for playing fiercely passionate ...more

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Donal Logue is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 52, Credits: Blade, Jerry Maguire & The Patriot

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Nationality: Canada, Ireland

Height: 5'10"

Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1965 or 1966) (sources vary) is an Irish-Canadian film and television actor, producer and writer. His roles include starring in the film The Tao of Steve, ...more

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 41, Credits: Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham & The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Birthplace: Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 5'10"

Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match ...more

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Fionnula Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 77, Credits: The Others, A Christmas Carol & Tears of the Sun

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 1.57

Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress. For her contributions to the entertainment industry, she was given the IFTA Lifetime Achievement ...more
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Colin O'Donoghue is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 38, Credits: The Rite and Storage 24

Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Colin Arthur O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician, best known for portraying Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time. He appeared in ...more

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Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 65, Credits: The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2 & Con Air

Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 5'10"

Colm J. Meaney (; Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ...more

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Denis O'Hare is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 57, Credits: Garden State, Charlie Wilson's War & The Proposal

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 1.73

Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare (born January 17, 1962) is an American actor noted for his award-winning performances in the plays Take Me Out and Sweet Charity, as well as portraying vampire king ...more

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 41, Credits: Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class & 300

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Nationality: Republic of Ireland, Germany

Height: 6'0"

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2007) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage ...more

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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 57, Credits: Clash of the Titans, War Horse & Hunger

Birthplace: East Wall, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 1.85

Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Davos Seaworth in the HBO epic-fantasy series Game of Thrones.Cunningham has been nominated for the ...more

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John Huston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Dec. at 81 (1906-1987), Credits: Chinatown, The Black Cauldron & Annie

Birthplace: Nevada, Missouri, USA

Nationality: Ireland, United States of America

Height: 1.88

John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director, screenwriter, and actor. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. ...more

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Dan O'Herlihy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Dec. at 86 (1919-2005), Credits: RoboCop, RoboCop 2 & Fail Safe

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Wexford

Nationality: Ireland

Daniel Peter O'Herlihy (May 1, 1919 – February 17, 2005) was an Irish film actor, known for such roles as Brigadier General Warren A. "Blackie" Black in Fail Safe, Conal Cochran in ...more
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James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 54, Credits: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point & Coriolanus

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 5'11"

William James Nesbitt, (born 15 January 1965) is an actor and presenter from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane before ...more

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Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Ireland
Age 68, Credits: Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games & Sleeping with the Enemy

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Dublin

Nationality: Ireland

Height: 1.9

Patrick Connolly Bergin (born 4 February 1951) is an Irish actor and singer perhaps best known for his leading role opposite Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and for his stint ...more

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