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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.
  • Mel Gibson1

    Mel Gibson

    Braveheart, Lethal Weapon

    BirthplacePeekskill, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America


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

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  • Martin Sheen2

    Martin Sheen

    Apocalypse Now, The Amazing Spider-Man

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio, USA

    NationalityIreland, United States of America


    Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is...  more

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  • Richard Harris3

    Richard Harris

    Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland



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

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  • Peter O'Toole4

    Peter O'Toole

    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille

    BirthplaceConnemara, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland


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

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  • Pierce Brosnan5

    Pierce Brosnan

    Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United States of America


    Pierce Brendan Brosnan (; born 16 May 1953) is an Irish–American actor, film producer,...  more

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  • Colin Farrell6

    Colin Farrell

    Daredevil, Minority Report

    BirthplaceCastleknock, Republic of Ireland



    Colin Farrell (born 31 May 1976) is an Irish actor. Farrell appeared in the BBC drama...  more

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  • Daniel Day-Lewis7

    Daniel Day-Lewis

    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans

    BirthplaceGreenwich, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Ireland


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

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  • Michael Gambon8

    Michael Gambon

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

    BirthplaceCabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland


    Sir Michael John Gambon (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born British character actor and...  more

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  • Brendan Gleeson9

    Brendan Gleeson

    Braveheart, Gangs of New York

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Dublin



    Brendan Gleeson (born 29 March 1955) is an Irish actor and film director. He is the recipient...  more

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  • Denis Leary10

    Denis Leary

    The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, United States of America

    NationalityIreland, United States of America


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

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  • Olivia Wilde11

    Olivia Wilde

    Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America


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

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  • Gabriel Byrne12

    Gabriel Byrne

    The Usual Suspects, Excalibur

    BirthplaceWalkinstown, Republic of Ireland



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

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  • Maureen O'Hara13

    Maureen O'Hara

    Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man

    BirthplaceRanelagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityIreland, United States of America


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

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  • Donal Logue14

    Donal Logue

    Blade, Jerry Maguire

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada, Ireland


    Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1965 or 1966) (sources vary) is an Irish-Canadian film...  more
  • Jonathan Rhys Meyers15

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham

    BirthplaceDrimnagh, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland


    Jonathan Rhys Meyers (born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe; 27 July 1977) is an Irish actor....  more

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  • Fionnula Flanagan16

    Fionnula Flanagan

    The Others, A Christmas Carol

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland



    Fionnghuala Manon "Fionnula" Flanagan (born 10 December 1941) is an Irish actress. For her...  more
  • Colin O'Donoghue17

    Colin O'Donoghue

    The Rite, Storage 24

    BirthplaceDrogheda, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland


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

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  • Colm Meaney18

    Colm Meaney

    The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2

    BirthplaceDublin, Republic of Ireland

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland


    Colm J. Meaney (; Irish: Colm Ó Maonaigh; born 30 May 1953) is an Irish actor known for...  more
  • Denis O'Hare19

    Denis O'Hare

    Garden State, Charlie Wilson's War

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, USA

    NationalityIreland, United States of America


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  • Michael Fassbender20

    Michael Fassbender

    Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, Germany


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

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  • Liam Cunningham21

    Liam Cunningham

    Clash of the Titans, War Horse

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, East Wall, Dublin



    Liam Cunningham (born 2 June 1961) is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is known for playing...  more
  • John Huston22

    John Huston

    Chinatown, The Black Cauldron

    BirthplaceNevada, Missouri, United States of America

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, United States of America


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

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  • Dan O'Herlihy23

    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
  • James Nesbitt24

    James Nesbitt

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom



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

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  • Patrick Bergin25

    Patrick Bergin

    Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games

    BirthplaceRepublic of Ireland, Dublin



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