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Popular Film Actors from Ireland

Updated June 14, 2019 15.5k views833 items

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

    Mel Gibson

    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    Height5'9"

    Mel Colmcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. He is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, United States of America

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Height5'6"

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

    Richard Harris

    Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.85

    Richard St. John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He... more on Wikipedia

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    Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole

    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille

    BirthplaceConnemara, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, England

    Height6'2"

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

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  • 5
    Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Drogheda

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Height1.88

    Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell

    Daredevil, Minority Report

    BirthplaceCastleknock, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Height5'10"

    Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans

    BirthplaceGreenwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ireland

    Height6'1"

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

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  • 8
    Michael Gambon

    Michael Gambon

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    BirthplaceCabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United Kingdom

    Height1.83

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

    Brendan Gleeson

    Braveheart, Gangs of New York

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height6'2"

    Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Denis Leary

    Denis Leary

    The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Height6'2"

    Denis Colin O'Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, singer, writer and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Olivia Wilde

    Olivia Wilde

    Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    Height5'7"

    Olivia Wilde (born March 10, 1984), is an American actress, producer, director, and activist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne

    The Usual Suspects, Excalibur

    BirthplaceWalkinstown, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height5'10"

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

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  • 13
    Maureen O'Hara

    Maureen O'Hara

    Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man

    BirthplaceRanelagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Height5'8"

    Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish and... more on Wikipedia

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    Donal Logue

    Donal Logue

    Blade, Jerry Maguire

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

    Height1.78

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

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  • 15
    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham

    BirthplaceDrimnagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.78

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Fionnula Flanagan

    Fionnula Flanagan

    The Others, A Christmas Carol

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.57

    Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress. For her... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Colin O'Donoghue

    Colin O'Donoghue

    The Rite, Storage 24

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Height5'10"

    Colin Arthur O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician, best known for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Colm Meaney

    Colm Meaney

    The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland

    Height5'10"

    Colm J. Meaney (; Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Denis O'Hare

    Denis O'Hare

    Garden State, Charlie Wilson's War

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityIreland, United States of America

    Height1.73

    Denis Patrick Seamus O'Hare (born January 17, 1962) is an American actor noted for his... more on Wikipedia

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    Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender

    Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, Germany

    Height6'0"

    Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Liam Cunningham

    Liam Cunningham

    Clash of the Titans, War Horse

    BirthplaceEast Wall, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.85

    Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is known for playing... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    John Huston

    John Huston

    Chinatown, The Black Cauldron

    BirthplaceNevada, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America

    Height6'2"

    John Marcellus Huston (; August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 23
    Dan O'Herlihy

    Dan O'Herlihy

    RoboCop, RoboCop 2

    BirthplaceWexford, Republic of Ireland

    Daniel Peter O'Herlihy (May 1, 1919 – February 17, 2005) was an Irish film actor, known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    James Nesbitt

    James Nesbitt

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.82

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

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    Patrick Bergin

    Patrick Bergin

    Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Dublin

    NationalityIreland

    Height1.9

    Patrick Connolly Bergin (born 4 February 1951) is an Irish actor and singer perhaps best known... more on Wikipedia