Entertainment 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 on television in ...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.