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 Martin Sheen

Martin Sheen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, Irish, American

 2 Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

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.

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 3 Richard Harris

Richard Harris
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
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.

 4 Robert Sheehan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish

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.

 5 Cillian Murphy

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

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.

 6 Pierce Brosnan

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish, American

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.

 7 Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish
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 8 Michael Gambon

Michael Gambon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish, British

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.

 9 Aidan Gillen

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish
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 Brendan Gleeson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

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.

 11 Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish
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.

 12 Peter O'Toole

Peter Seamus O'Toole
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British
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.

 13 Stuart Townsend

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish
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.

 14 Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish
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.

 15 Jack Gleeson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 20, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish
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.

 16 Chris O'Dowd

Chris O'Dowd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish

 17 Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish
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.

 18 Brian McFadden

Brian McFadden
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

 19 Barry Keoghan

Barry Keoghan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish

 20 Colin O’Donoghue

Colin O’Donoghue
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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: January 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Irish

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.

 21 Brian Gleeson

Brian Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish

 22 Stephen Gately

Stephen Gately
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish
Died: October 10, 2009

 23 Ruth Kearney

Ruth Kearney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish

 24 Patrick McGoohan

Patrick McGoohan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish, American
Died: January 13, 2009

 25 Jason O'Mara

Jason O'Mara
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, American

 26 Colm Meaney

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

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.

 27 Liam Cunningham

Liam Cunningham
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

 28 Paddy McGuinness

Paddy McGuinness
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Famous As: Comedians
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British

 29 Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish

 30 Conor Woodman

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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

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.

 31 Dave Allen

Dave Allen
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: July 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish
Died: March 10, 2005

 32 Art Parkinson

Art Parkinson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 2001
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish

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.

 33 Shane Filan

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 34 Adrian Dunbar

Adrian Dunbar
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, British

 35 Markus Feehily

Markus Feehily
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

 36 Ruairi O Connor

Ruairi O Connor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 37 Dylan Moran

Dylan Moran
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Famous As: Comedian, Writer, Actor
Birthdate: November 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish
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.

 38 Jamie Bamber

Jamie Bamber
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish, British, American

 39 Kian Egan

Kian Egan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 29, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish

 40 Wilfrid Brambell

Wilfrid Brambell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish
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. 

 41 Killian Scott

Killian Scott
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: July 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 42 Patrick Gibson

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

 43 Jonas Armstrong

Jonas Armstrong
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish
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 David Kelly

David Kelly
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish
Died: February 12, 2012

 45 Richard Todd

Richard Todd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish
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. 

 46 Cyril Cusack

Cyril Cusack
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish
Died: October 7, 1993

 47 Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish

 48 Emmett J. Scanlan

Emmett J. Scanlan
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Irish

 49 Paul Ronan

Paul Ronan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

 50 Frank Kelly

Frank Kelly
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 28, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish
Died: February 28, 2016