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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different film actors, including Dervla Kirwan and Ruth Bradley.

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

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of 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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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Richard St John Harris was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and ...more

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus Peter Seamus O'Toole was a British-Irish stage and film actor. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at ...more

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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire, GoldenEye Pierce Brendan Brosnan, is an Irish-American actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went ...more

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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Daredevil, Minority Report, Horrible Bosses Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. He first appeared on the BBC's TV drama Ballykissangel in 1998, made his film debut in the Tim Roth-directed drama The War Zone a year later and was ...more

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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sir Michael John Gambon CBE is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. Gambon has played Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial The Singing Detective, ...more

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Brendan Gleeson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Brendan Gleeson is an Irish actor. His best-known performances include supporting roles in films such as Braveheart, Gangs of New York, 28 Days Later, Troy, and the Harry Potter films and ...more

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Denis Leary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Amazing Spider-Man, A Bug's Life, Ice Age Denis Colin Leary is an actor and comedian. He was the star and co-creator of Rescue Me, which ended its seventh and final season on September 7, 2011. Leary has starred in many motion pictures, ...more

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Olivia Wilde is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Tron: Legacy, The Girl Next Door, Alpha Dog Olivia Wilde is an American actress, producer, and model. She has appeared in several television series including The O.C., The Black Donnellys and House. She has appeared in the films Alpha ...more

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Aidan Quinn is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Legends of the Fall, Practical Magic, The Mission Aidan Quinn is an Irish-American actor. He made his film debut in 1984 in Reckless. His films include Desperately Seeking Susan, The Mission, Stakeout, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, ...more

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Gabriel Byrne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, Enemy of the State Gabriel James Byrne is an Irish actor, film director, film producer, writer, cultural ambassador and audiobook narrator. His acting career began in the Focus Theatre before he joined London's ...more

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Mission: Impossible III, Bend It like Beckham, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine, Mission Impossible III, Bend It Like Beckham, Match Point and his television roles as Elvis ...more

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Colm Meaney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Last of the Mohicans, Die Hard 2, Con Air Colm J. Meaney is an Irish actor widely known for playing Miles O'Brien in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He is second only to Michael Dorn in most appearances in ...more

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300 Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He ...more

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Liam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Clash of the Titans, War Horse, Hunger Liam Cunningham is an Irish stage and screen actor. He is best known for his roles in the films A Little Princess, Jude, Dog Soldiers, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Hunger, Centurion, Clash ...more

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James Nesbitt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Match Point, Coriolanus James Nesbitt is an actor, presenter and comedian from Northern Ireland. Born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Nesbitt grew up in the nearby village of Broughshane, before moving to Coleraine, ...more

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Patrick Bergin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Ella Enchanted, Patriot Games, Sleeping with the Enemy Patrick Connolly Bergin is an Irish actor and singer.

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Cyril Cusack is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harold and Maude, My Left Foot, The Day of the Jackal Cyril Cusack was an actor.

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Fiona Shaw is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Fiona Mary Shaw, CBE is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and her role portraying Marnie Stonebrook in the HBO ...more

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Cillian Murphy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Since making his debut in his home country in the late 1990s, Murphy has also become a presence in British and American cinema—noted by ...more

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Patrick McGoohan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Braveheart, A Time to Kill, Treasure Planet Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an American-born actor, writer and director who was brought up in Ireland and Britain, where he established an extensive stage and film career. His most notable roles ...more

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George Brent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Jezebel, Dark Victory, 42nd Street George Brent was an Irish stage, film, and television actor in American cinema.

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Malachy McCourt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Other Guys, Gods and Generals, The Bonfire of the Vanities Malachy Gerard McCourt is an Irish-American actor, writer, and politician. He was the 2006 Green Party candidate for governor in New York State, losing to the Democratic candidate Eliot Spitzer. ...more

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Brenda Fricker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, A Time to Kill, My Left Foot Brenda Fricker is an Irish actress of theatre, film and television. She has appeared in more than 30 films and television roles. In 1989, she became the first Irish actress to win an Oscar, ...more

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George Bernard Shaw is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Masks and Faces George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote ...more

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Creighton Hale is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Sunset Boulevard Creighton Hale was an Irish-American theatre, film and television actor whose career extended more than a half-century, from the early 1900s to the end of the 1950s.

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Saoirse Ronan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Atonement, The Lovely Bones Saoirse Úna Ronan is an Irish actress. She came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring as Briony Tallis in the film Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, for ...more

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David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust, Waking Ned David Kelly was an Irish actor, who had regular roles in several film and television works from the 1950s onwards. One of the most recognisable voices and faces of Irish stage and screen, Kelly ...more

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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, Dinner for Schmucks Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. He has appeared in several films, including ...more

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Maureen O'Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Hannah and Her Sisters, Peggy Sue Got Married, Pride and Prejudice Maureen O'Sullivan Cushing was an actress and a theater producer.

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Evanna Lynch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress and model. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four films and their tie-in video ...more

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Sheamus is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Escapist, Over the Limit 2011 Pay-Per-View, Extreme Rules Stephen Farrelly is an Irish professional wrestler. He is signed to the American professional wrestling promotion WWE, where he performs under the ring name Sheamus. Prior to joining WWE, ...more

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Sinéad O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, The Butcher Boy, Roger Waters: The Wall: Live in Berlin Sinéad Marie Bernadette O'Connor is an Irish singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 1980s with her debut album The Lion and the Cobra. O'Connor achieved worldwide success in 1990 ...more

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Niall MacGinnis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Jason and the Argonauts, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Hamlet Niall MacGinnis was an Irish actor who made 80 screen appearances.

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Peter McDonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Damned United, Felicia's Journey, Blow Dry Peter McDonald is an Irish Academy Award nominated stage and screen actor. He grew up in Mount Merrion in south County Dublin. He was educated at St. Michael's College, Dublin on Ailesbury Road ...more

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Bono is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Across the Universe, Brüno, The Million Dollar Hotel Paul David Hewson, known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the ...more

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Una O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Bride of Frankenstein, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Witness for the Prosecution Una O'Connor was an Irish actress who worked extensively in theatre before becoming a character actress in films. She often portrayed comical wives, housekeepers and servants.

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William Butler Yeats is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
William Butler Yeats was an Irish poet and one of the foremost figures of 20th century literature. A pillar of both the Irish and British literary establishments, in his later years he served as ...more

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Sinéad Cusack is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
V for Vendetta, Eastern Promises, Stealing Beauty Sinéad Moira Cusack is an Irish stage, television and film actress. Her first acting roles were at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to London in 1975 to join the Royal ...more

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Brían F. O'Byrne is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Million Dollar Baby, Season of the Witch, The New World Brían Francis O'Byrne is an Irish actor, best known for his work in the United States.

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
I Want Candy, Alien Autopsy, Stormbreaker James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more

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Matt Moore is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
An Affair to Remember, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Designing Woman Matthew Moore was an Irish-born American actor and director. He appeared in at least 221 motion pictures from 1912 to 1958.

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Jim Norton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Straw Dogs Jim Norton is an Irish character actor.

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Lumsden Hare is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Rebecca, The Life of Emile Zola, Julius Caesar Lumsden Hare was an Irish born film and theatre actor. He was also a theatre director and theatrical producer. Born Francis Lumsden Hare in Tipperary, Ireland, he appeared in more than ...more

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Ryan Alosio is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Knife Fight, Denial, After Dusk They Come Ryan Alosio is an American/Irish film, television, and stage actor.

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Devon Murray is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Devon Michael Murray is an Irish actor best known for playing Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter film series. Before Harry Potter, Murray had played Christy in This is My Father, Malachy in ...more

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Dylan Moran is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Shaun of the Dead, Notting Hill, Run Fatboy Run Dylan Moran is an Irish comedian, writer, actor and filmmaker. He is best known for his sardonic observational comedy, the UK television sitcom Black Books, and his work with Simon Pegg in Shaun ...more

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Nora-Jane Noone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Descent, Ella Enchanted, Doomsday Nora-Jane Noone is an Irish film and television actress best known for her role in The Magdalene Sisters, where she played Bernadette.

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Robert Michael Sheehan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Season of the Witch, Killing Bono Robert Michael Sheehan; is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits and Darren in Love/Hate, as well as the 2009 film Cherrybomb alongside Rupert ...more

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Kevin Breznahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Republic of Ireland
Superbad, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia Kevin Breznahan is an actor.