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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?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Republic of Ireland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Republic of 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 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