Famous Irish Actors

For all you James Bond fans, the Bond movie franchise wouldn’t be half as appealing and interesting as it is had it not been for Pierce Brosnan, the actor who took the league of the ‘007’ movies ahead. But did you know that this Hollywood superstar is actually Irish? Don’t get stunned for this is just the beginning of lots more Irish actors who are doing wonders at the big screen. Do you know that ‘Taken’ actor Liam Neeson who starred in ‘Batman Begins’, ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Schindler’s List’ originally worked as forklift operator for Guinness? He also served as a truck driver, assistant architect and amateur boxer before finally making his footfall in theatre. Since his debut in ‘The Risen People’, there has been no looking back for Neeson. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a jewel of Ireland’s acting fraternity. Crowned as the best actor of Ireland in 2008, Meyers has been one of the most talented actors that Ireland has been served as the home of. ‘Mission Impossible III’, ‘Match Point’, ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ are some of the most prolific films of this ace actor. Check this link further to find out more about Irish actors, their life, works and profile.

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 1 Cillian Murphy

Cillian Murphy.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Douglas, Ireland

Cillian Murphy is a successful Irish actor. Some of his notable films are Intermission, Red Eye, Inception, Misterman, Dunkirk and Anna and The Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s also acted in television series like the Peaky Blinders. It’s said that he does not have a stylist or a personal publicist and he often travels without an entourage. He is also a musician.

 2 Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

One of the most celebrated actors of Hollywood, Martin Sheen has won multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. Best known to fans as Captain Benjamin Willard from Apocalypse Now, he has also been involved in countless protests against nuclear power and strongly opposes abortion, capital punishment, and euthanasia.

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 3 Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland

Irish-American actor and film producer Pierce Brosnan is best known for playing secret agent James Bond in the Bond film series. As a young man, he trained at the Drama Centre London and made his acting debut soon after. First gaining fame as a TV actor, he didn’t take long to enter films as well.

 4 Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Castleknock, Ireland

Colin Farrell is one of the most popular and celebrated Irish actors. He was ranked fifth in The Irish Times newspaper's Ireland's greatest film actors list in 2020. Known for his casanova image, Colin has also had drug addiction problems and suffers from insomnia. In 2006, he filed a lawsuit against Nicole Narain for releasing their 13-minute sex tape.

 5 Richard Harris

Richard Harris.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
Died: October 25, 2002

A multitalented personality, Richard Harris was an Irish actor, singer, director and writer. He began as a stage actor and later moved to films. His famous films include This Sporting Life, Camelot, A Man Called Horse, Gladiator and the first two Harry Potter films. He released numerous musical albums, published a poetry book and ventured into film direction with Bloomfield.

 6 Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 7 Peter O'Toole

Peter O'Toole.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Connemara
Died: December 14, 2013

Peter O'Toole was a British actor who became popular as a Shakespearean actor with the English Stage Company and at the Bristol Old Vic. O'Toole, who holds the record for receiving the most number of Oscar nominations for acting without a win, has appeared on several greatest actors list in England and Ireland.

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 8 Brendan Gleeson

Brendan Gleeson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland

One of the most talented Irish film actors of all time, Brendan Gleeson gained international attention after playing Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter movie series. He was ranked 18th in The Irish Times' Ireland's greatest film actors list in 2020. Brendan Gleeson is also credited with inspiring his sons Domhnall and Brian Gleeson to become actors.

 9 Aidan Gillen

Aidan Gillen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin
Aidan Gillen is best known as Petyr Baelish from the iconic series Game of Thrones and as Tommy Carcetti from The Wire. He has also appeared in Project Blue Book, Peaky Blinders, and the Maze Runner movies. A talented theater actor, he has earned a Drama Desk Award nomination, too.

 10 Robert Sheehan

Robert Sheehan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portlaoise, Ireland

An Irish actor who is counted among the country’s greatest actors, Robert Sheehan has received multiple Irish Film and Television Award and BAFTA Award nominations. Interested in performing from a young age, he studied film and television before beginning his career. He is known for questioning gender norms in the acting industry.

 11 Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin

Actor Michael Gambon is best known for playing Albus Dumbledore in the popular Harry Potter movie series. Not surprisingly, Gambon is one of the most recognized faces in the world and a favorite actor among Harry Potter fans. Ranked 28th in Ireland's greatest film actors list published by The Irish Times, Gambon was knighted for hisservices to drama, in 1998.

 12 Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Drimnagh, Republic of Ireland
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is best known for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of Elvis Presley in the miniseries Elvis. Fans also loved him as King Henry VIII in The Tudors and as the titular character in Dracula. The Irish Post Legend Award-winner has worked with Hope Foundation and endorsed Hugo Boss.

 13 Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clondalkin, Republic of Ireland
Aidan Turner is best known as Ross Poldark from the series Poldark and Kili from The Hobbit movie franchise. He has also played English poet Dante in Desperate Romantics. A skilled stage artist, he has also made waves in the Dublin theater scene, appearing in plays such as Titus Andronicus.

 14 Chris O'Dowd

Chris O'Dowd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland

 15 Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Howth, County Dublin, Ireland
Stuart Townsend is best known as Lestat de Lioncourt from Queen of the Damned and as Dorian Gray from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. He quit acting in 2015 and became a car garage owner in Costa Rica but later returned with the series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

 16 Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Walkinstown
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne is best known for his Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated role of Dr. Paul Weston in the series In Treatment. He has also been part of movies such as Stigmata and End of Days. He is also a seasoned theater actor and has narrated several audiobooks.

 17 Paul Mescal

Paul Mescal
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maynooth, Ireland

 18 Colin O’Donoghue

Colin O’Donoghue.
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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

Identified as the “Best New Talent” of Ireland at the age of 23, Colin Arthur O'Donoghue attracted the attention of TV viewers with his performance in the TV show Once Upon a Time aired on ABC network and went on to star in the movie, The Rite, and Netflix series, Heartstrings. The actor and musician was also a member of the Irish band The Enemies.

 19 Brian McFadden

Brian McFadden
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Artane, Dublin, Ireland

 20 Jack Gleeson

Jack Gleeson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Irish actor Jack Gleeson soared to fame with his portrayal of Joffrey Baratheon in the iconic series Game of Thrones. He later switched to independent theater and appeared in the BBC miniseries Out of Her Mind. The Trinity College alumnus later also co-established the Collapsing Horse Theatre Company.

 21 Brian Gleeson

Brian Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 22 Colm Meaney

Colm Meaney.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasnevin

Colm Meaney is an actor known for portraying Miles O'Brien in TV series, such as Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Also known for his significant film career, Meaney received the Best Actor IFTA for playing Martin McGuinness in The Journey. Meaney was named in The Irish Times' Ireland's greatest film actors list in 2020.

 23 Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: January 13, 2009

 24 Liam Cunningham

Liam Cunningham
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 25 Ruth Kearney

Ruth Kearney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 26 Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England

 27 Barry Keoghan

Barry Keoghan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland

 28 Dave Allen

Dave Allen
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 10, 2005

 29 Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, UK

 30 Ruairi O Connor

Ruairi O Connor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Howth, County Dublin, Ireland

 31 Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Finglas, Dublin, Ireland

 32 Stephen Gately

Stephen Gately
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sheriff Street Upper, Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 10, 2009

 33 Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sandycove, Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland

 34 Art Parkinson

Art Parkinson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moville, Inishowen, County Donegal, Ulster, Ireland

Although he impressed audiences as Rickon Stark in Game of Thrones, child actor Art Parkinson was not allowed to watch the series due to its adult content. The Irish actor has also appeared in films such as San Andreas and voiced a character in Kubo and the Two Strings.

 35 Conor Woodman

Conor Woodman.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway

Irish author, director, and broadcaster Conor Woodman is best known for hosting the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Starting his career as a financial analyst, he eventually became an investigative journalist. With time, he branched out into film-making as well. Also a fiction writer, he is planning to launch a novel series soon.

 36 Shane Filan

Shane Filan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

 37 Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK

 38 Markus Feehily

Markus Feehily
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

 39 Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran.
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer, Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Navan
Known for his signature disheveled hair and his love for cigarettes and wine, Dylan Moran started off as a stand-up comic, after being unemployed for a few years. At 24, he became the second-youngest recipient of the Perrier Comedy Award. He created the BAFTA-winning show Black Books.

 40 Michael McElhatton

Michael McElhatton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 41 Richard Flood

Richard Flood
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 42 Richard Todd

Richard Todd.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 3, 2009

Richard Todd was an Irish actor best remembered for his portrayal of Corporal Lachlan MacLachlan in the movie The Hasty Heart, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. One of the most bankable actors of his generation, Richard Todd was frequently listed among the most popular British stars throughout the 1950s. 

 43 Jonas Armstrong

Jonas Armstrong.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
While he gained fame as the titular character in BBC’s Robin Hood, Irish-born actor Jonas Armstrong also broke his foot while filming a fight scene for the series. Blessed with a penchant for mastering different accents, he has bagged plum roles in series such as Ripper Street and The Drowning.

 44 Wilfrid Brambell

Wilfrid Brambell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: January 18, 1985
Wilfrid Brambell is best known for teaming up with Harry H, Corbett in the sitcom Steptoe and Son. Known for his love for alcohol, Brambell was also secretly gay and was arrested for getting intimate with a man in a toilet, as homosexuality was still illegal in Britain back then. 

 45 Patrick Gibson

Patrick Gibson
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ireland

 46 Killian Scott

Killian Scott
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kilmallock, Limerick, Ireland

 47 Kian Egan

Kian Egan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sligo, Ireland

 48 Cyril Cusack

Cyril Cusack
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Durban, South Africa
Died: October 7, 1993

 49 Emmett J. Scanlan

Emmett J. Scanlan
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clontarf Dublin, Ireland

 50 Tommy Tiernan

Tommy Tiernan
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 16, 1969
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Carndonagh, Ireland