Actors Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Northern Ireland, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Northern 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 Northern Irish screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Northern Ireland and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

This list features film actors like Paul McLoone and Eamonn Holmes.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Northern Irish actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Northern Ireland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Northern Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Northern Irish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List Liam John Neeson, OBE is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson ...more

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chariots of Fire, Henry V Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's ...more

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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October, Jurassic Park III Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill, DCNZM, OBE is a British-born New Zealand actor who first achieved leading roles in films such as Omen III: The Final Conflict and Dead Calm and on ...more

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Ciarán Hinds is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, There Will Be Blood, Road to Perdition Ciarán Hinds is a Northern Irish film, television and stage actor. He has built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The ...more

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Stephen Rea is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
V for Vendetta, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, The Crying Game Stephen Rea is an Irish film and stage actor. Rea has appeared in high profile films such as V for Vendetta, Michael Collins, Interview with the Vampire and Breakfast on Pluto. Rea was nominated ...more

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Susan Lynch is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, From Hell, Elizabeth: The Golden Age Susan Lynch is an actor from Northern Ireland.

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James Greene is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Sherlock Holmes, Empire of the Sun, Les Misérables James Greene is an actor who has appeared in numerous plays and series on United Kingdom television over a 40-year period. He has often played lawyers, clergymen, army officers and latterly ...more

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Bronagh Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Pulp Fiction, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Sherlock Holmes Bronagh Gallagher is a singer and actress from Derry, Northern Ireland. During her teens she got involved, through school, in drama and music activities, and joined a local amateur dramatics ...more

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James McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
American Splendor, Hide and Seek, Max Payne James G. McCaffrey is an actor best known for his role as Max Payne in the Max Payne video game series.

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Patrick Magee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
A Clockwork Orange, Chariots of Fire, Barry Lyndon Patrick Magee was an actor.

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Ray Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Other Guys George Raymond "Ray" Stevenson is a British film and television actor. He is known for playing Titus Pullo in the BBC/HBO television series Rome and in film as Dagonet in King Arthur. ...more

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Van Morrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin, Gaelic Spirit: Bringing Together the Best in Irish Music, Jerry Lee Lewis & Friends George Ivan "Van" Morrison, OBE is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his ...more

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Mark Ryder is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Robin Hood, Five Minutes of Heaven, Small Island Mark Ryder is an actor from Northern Ireland who was educated at Methodist College Belfast. He is most noted for his television role as Cesare Borgia in the historical drama series Borgia.

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Colin Blakely is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
A Man for All Seasons, Murder on the Orient Express, The Pink Panther Strikes Again Colin George Blakely was a Northern Irish character actor.

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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
In the Name of the Father, The Secret Garden, Sliding Doors John Lynch is an Irish actor and novelist.

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Michelle Fairley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Others, Hideous Kinky Michelle Fairley is a Northern Irish actress, best known for her roles as Catelyn Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Dr. Ava Hessington in multiple episodes of USA Network series Suits, ...more

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Warren Christie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Apollo 18, This Means War, Malibu Shark Attack Hans Warren Christie is a Northern Irish-born Canadian television and film actor known for his roles as Ray Cataldo on the ABC drama October Road and as Aidan "Greggy" Stiviletto on ...more

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Ian McElhinney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Boxer, Leap Year, City of Ember Ian McElhinney is a Northern Irish actor and director. He has appeared in many television series in a career spanning more than thirty years, notable appearances include Taggart, Hornblower, ...more

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Gary Moore is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Trial, The Strat Pack: Live in Concert, Gary Moore and the Midnight Blues: Live at Montreux 1990-1997 Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and virtuoso guitarist. In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with musicians including ...more

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Gerard McSorley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Braveheart, The Constant Gardener, War Horse Gerard McSorley is an Irish theatre, television and film actor.

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Robert McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Duel in the Sun, My Little Chickadee, In Old California Robert McKenzie was an Irish film actor. He appeared in more than 310 films between 1915 and 1946. McKenzie was married to actress Eva McKenzie until his death from a heart attack in 1949. The ...more

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John Hallam is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Flash Gordon, The Wicker Man, Dragonslayer John William Francis Hallam was a Northern Irish character actor, who was well known in the United Kingdom for playing hard men or military types.

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Adrian Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Crying Game, My Left Foot, Richard III Adrian Dunbar is an actor from Northern Ireland, best known for his television and theatre work. Dunbar co-wrote and starred in the 1991 film, Hear My Song, nominated for Best Original ...more

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Stuart Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hunger, Shadow Dancer Stuart Graham is an actor.

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Michael Smiley is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Shaun of the Dead, The World's End, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Michael Smiley is a comic and actor from Northern Ireland currently living in London.

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Siobhán McKenna is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Doctor Zhivago, King of Kings, Philadelphia Siobhán McKenna was an Irish stage and screen actress.

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Shane Brolly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Shane R. Brolly is an Northern Irish actor, writer, and director, most known for his role as Kraven in the Underworld franchise.

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Bríd Brennan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Excalibur, Shadow Dancer, Dancing at Lughnasa Bríd Brennan is a Northern Irish actress of film, stage and television, best known for her theatre work. She originated the role of Agnes in critically acclaimed performances of Brian ...more

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Conleth Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Whatever Works, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Shore Conleth Hill is a Northern Irish film, stage and television actor. He has performed on stage in productions in the United Kingdom and the United States. He won the 2001 Laurence Olivier Award ...more

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Jonathan Harden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Ghost Machine, Five Minutes of Heaven, Dreams of a Life Jonathan Harden is a Northern Irish actor, born in Belfast in 1979. He is best known as Walter Hill in Titanic: Blood and Steel and as Newman Noggs in "Nick Nickleby", a modern TV ...more

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Antonia Campbell-Hughes is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Albert Nobbs, Breakfast on Pluto, Bright Star Antonia Campbell-Hughes is a Northern Irish actress of English and Irish descent, best known for appearing in Jack Dee's sitcom Lead Balloon. After the success of series one of Lead Balloon, ...more

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Roma Downey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Bible, Borrowed Hearts, Come Dance at My Wedding Roma Downey is an Irish actress and Emmy nominated producer from Northern Ireland. She played kind-hearted angel Monica on the American TV series Touched by an Angel, alongside Della Reese; they ...more

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Gerard Murphy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Batman Begins, The King of Comedy, Waterworld Eamon Gerard Murphy was an Irish film, television and theatre actor.

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Eamonn Holmes is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Three and Out, The All Star Impressions Show Eamonn Holmes is an Irish journalist and broadcaster, best known for presenting Sky News, Songs of Praise and This Morning. Holmes co-presented GMTV for twelve years between 1993 and 2005, ...more

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Harry Towb is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Patton, Barry Lyndon, The Blue Max Harry Towb was a Northern Irish actor.

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Andrew Simpson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Notes on a Scandal, Inherent Vice, Song for a Raggy Boy Andrew Gerard Simpson is a Northern Irish actor, from Derry, but raised in Inishowen in County Donegal. He was spotted while performing in a festival by talent scout Patrick Duncan, who was ...more

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Joseph Tomelty is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Moby Dick, Hobson's Choice, Hell Is a City Joseph Tomelty was a Northern Irish character actor and playwright. He worked in film, television, radio and on the stage, starring in Sam Thompson's 1960 play Over the Bridge.

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Geraldine Hughes is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Gran Torino, Rocky Balboa, Duplex Geraldine Hughes is a Northern Irish actress. She has appeared in films such as Duplex, Rocky Balboa and Gran Torino. She also played Mary Todd Lincoln in Killing Lincoln.

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Noel Willman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Doctor Zhivago, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Kiss of the Vampire Noel Willman was an Northern Irish actor and theatre director. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, Willman died aged 70 in New York City, United States. Willman's films included The Man Who Knew ...more

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Declan Mulholland is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Time Bandits, War of the Buttons, Brannigan Thomas Declan Mulholland was a Northern Irish character actor of film and television. Born in Belfast, his first role was in H.M.S. Defiant as Morrison. He also played Jabba the Hutt in a ...more

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Eleanor Methven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Boxer, Becoming Jane, The Snapper Eleanor Methven is an actress.

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Flora Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Basic Instinct 2, Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor, The Daisy Chain Flora Anne Selina Montgomery is a Northern Irish actress.

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Frances Tomelty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Chéri, The Field, Bullshot Frances Tomelty is a Northern Irish actress.

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Peter Dickson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman, The All Star Impressions Show Peter Dickson is a voice actor.

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Diane Craig is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Ned Kelly, In Her Skin, Travelling North Diane Mary Craig is an actress born in County Down, Northern Ireland but who is best known for her performances on Australian television. She is married to Australian actor and comedian Garry ...more

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Marie Jones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
In the Name of the Father, Whole Lotta Sole, You Sarah Marie Jones OBE is a Belfast-based actress and playwright. Born into a working-class Protestant family, Jones was an actress for several years before turning her hand to writing. Her plays ...more

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Richard Dormer is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Mrs Henderson Presents, My Boy Jack, '71 Richard Dormer is a Northern Irish actor, playwright and screenwriter.

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Amanda Burton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Bronson, The Commander: Virus, The Commander: Blackdog Amanda Burton is a Northern Irish actress, active from 1981. During her career, Burton was best known for her television roles as Heather Black in the Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, Beth Glover ...more

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Patricia Quinn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, The Lords of Salem Patricia Quinn, Lady Stephens is a Northern Irish actress and singer best known for her role as Magenta in the film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and the original stage play from which it was ...more

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Pat Bishop is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Northern Ireland
Don's Party, The Right Hand Man Pat Bishop was an Northern Irish actress noted for her performances in Australian theatre, film and television.