Famous Irish Actresses

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Angela Lansbury
(Actress Whose Career Spanned Over 80 Years)

Angela Lansbury
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Birthdate: October 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Angela Lansbury played a key role in shaping the Golden Age of Hollywood. Recognized as one of the few stars still alive from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, Angela Lansbury has received accolades, such as an Honorary Oscar. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

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Saoirse Ronan
(Known for Her Work in Period Dramas)

Saoirse Ronan
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Birthdate: April 12, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Saoirse Ronan is noted for her roles in period dramas since she was in her teens. Her breakthrough came when in 2007 she played a precocious teenager in the film Atonement. Since then she has acted in several successful movies. She’s also a stage artist and was featured by Forbes in two of their 30 Under 30 lists in 2016.

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Evanna Lynch
(Actress)

Evanna Lynch
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Birthdate: August 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Termonfeckin, Ireland
Evanna Lynch is best known as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter-themed video games, and the musical A Very Potter Senior Year. An avid animal rights activist, she has launched a vegan-themed podcast titled The ChickPeeps and a cruelty-free make-up box named Kinder Beauty Box.
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Maureen O’Hara
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Birthdate: August 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 24, 2015

Maureen O'Hara was an Irish singer and actress. Dubbed The Queen of Technicolor due to her long and successful career throughout the 1940s and 1950s, Maureen O'Hara was popular for playing passionate, but sensible characters. In 2014, she received an Honorary Academy Award. In 2020, she was ranked first on Ireland's greatest film actors list published by The Irish Times.

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Katie McGrath
(Actress)

Katie McGrath
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Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashford, Ireland

Katie McGrath is an Irish actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series like Merlin, Dracula, Supergirl, and Frontier. Her journey from being a wardrobe assistant on the set of a television series titled The Tudors to becoming an actress after being advised to try her hand at acting is quite inspirational.

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Aisling Bea
(Comedian, Actress)

Aisling Bea
4
Birthdate: March 16, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kildare, Ireland

Aisling Bea is an Irish actor, screenwriter, and comedian who has been serving as a team captain on the popular British comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats since 2016. Apart from being a comedian and actor, Aisling Bea is also an activist; she campaigned successfully for the introduction of legal abortion and same-sex marriage legislation in Ireland.

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Ruth Negga
(Actress Known for Her Role as 'Mildred Loving' in the 2016 Historical Drama 'Loving')

Ruth Negga
4
Birthdate: January 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Born to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father, Ruth Negga didn’t look back after grabbing a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for the Best Newcomer, with her performance in the play Duck. She also played both Ophelia and Prince Hamlet in two different productions of the play.

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Jessie Buckley
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Birthdate: December 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Killarney, Ireland

One of the most popular actresses from Ireland, Jessie Buckley was ranked 38th on Ireland's greatest film actors list published by The Irish Times in 2020. Also known for her singing abilities, Jessie Buckley is a member of the Tipperary Millennium Orchestra. She can also play the piano, clarinet, and harp.

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Sarah Bolger
(Actress)

Sarah Bolger
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Birthdate: February 28, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Sarah Bolger is best known for her roles in movies such as Stormbreaker, The Lazarus Effect, and The Spiderwick Chronicles. She is also known for her IFTA Award-winning performance as Princess Mary Tudor in the series The Tudors and for her role as Princess Aurora in Once Upon a Time.

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Sinéad Cusack
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Birthdate: February 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dalkey, Ireland

Sinéad Cusack is an Irish actress best known for her contribution to British and Irish theatre. Over the years, she has received nominations for prestigious awards, such as the Tony Award and Olivier Award. In 2020, Sinéad Cusack was named in Ireland's greatest film actors list published by The Irish Times.

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Vogue Williams
(Television presenter)

Vogue Williams
4
Birthdate: October 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Reality TV star Vogue Williams soared to fame with the show Fade Street. Initially a DJ, Vogue had also worked for Stellar magazine. She later won Bear Grylls: Mission Survive. She also once launched her own fitness bootcamp. Vogue is married to TV personality Spencer Matthews.

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Nicola Coughlan
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Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland

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Maureen O'Sullivan
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Birthdate: May 17, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Died: June 23, 1998

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Nadine Coyle
(Pop Singer and a Member of the Girl Group ‘Girls Aloud')

Nadine Coyle
4
Birthdate: June 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland

Part of the award-winning girl band Girls Aloud, Irish singer-actor Nadine Coyle began her career with the show Popstars and later launched a solo career, with songs such as Go To Work. She has also been a model and has launched an Irish pub, which was later run by her family.

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Amybeth McNulty
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Birthdate: November 7, 2001
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Letterkenny, Ireland

Irish-Canadian actor Amybeth McNulty is best known for her performances as Anne Shirley in the CBC/Netflix series Anne with an E, an adaptation of the 1908 Lucy Maud Montgomery novel Anne of Green Gables. She will be seen in a lead role in the thriller Maternal. She is openly bisexual.

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Sharon Horgan
(Known for the Comedy Series 'Pulling' and 'Catastrophe')

Sharon Horgan
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Birthdate: July 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hackney, London, England

London-born Irish actor and writer Sharon Horgan is best known for her BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated writing for the series Catastrophe. She has also won awards for her acting in the sitcom Pulling and established the production company Merman. She is the sister of former rugby player Shane Horgan.

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Dominique McElligott
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Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Irish actor Dominique McElligott is best known for her appearances in Hell on Wheels, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Boys, and the Netflix series House of Cards. She began her career with On Home Ground, in her teens. Her character in The Philanthropist was dropped before the series started airing.

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Charlie Murphy
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Birthdate: April 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland

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Niamh Algar
(Actress)

Niamh Algar
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Birthdate: June 28, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ireland

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Sarah Greene
(Actress)

Sarah Greene
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Birthdate: July 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

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Maria Doyle Kennedy
(Actress Known for Playing Catherine of Aragon on the Series 'The Tudors')

Maria Doyle Kennedy
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Birthdate: September 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

Irish singer and actor Maria Doyle Kennedy is best known for her role as Catherine of Aragon in The Tudors. She has also been part of films such as The Conjuring 2 and The Commitments. Once part of the Black Velvet Band, she has also released several solo albums.

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Ali Hewson
(Activist and Co-founder of the Fashion Line "EDUN" and Skincare Products Company "Nude")

Ali Hewson
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Birthdate: March 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ali Hewson is an Irish businesswoman and activist. In the 1990s, Hewson joined the anti-nuclear movement and started working with activists like Adi Roche. In 2002, she played a key role in organizing campaigns against the Sellafield nuclear facility in England. As a businesswoman, Hewson has co-founded a skincare company and a fashion label called Nude skincare and EDUN respectively.

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Dervla Kirwan
(Actress)

Dervla Kirwan
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Birthdate: October 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Churchtown, Ireland
Irish actor Dervla Kirwan gained fame as Assumpta Fitzgerald in the series Ballykissangel. She was also seen in Goodnight Sweetheart and in The Next Doctor, a Christmas special episode of Doctor Who. A skilled stage actor, too, she has appeared in plays such as a production of Harold Pinter's Betrayal.

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Kerry Condon
(Actress)

Kerry Condon
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Birthdate: January 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tipperary, Ireland

Irish actress Kerry Condon is popularly known for playing the role of Octavia of the Julii in the TV series Rome. Also active in theater, she is the youngest actress ever to play Ophelia in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Hamlet. She has appeared in numerous movies as well and received acclaim for her performance in Intermission. 

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Sorcha Cusack
(Actress)

Sorcha Cusack
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Birthdate: April 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Sorcha Cusack is an Irish actress known for her association with popular theatre companies, such as the Royal Exchange, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. Born into a family of actors, Sorcha Cusack followed in the footsteps of her parents to establish herself as an actress. 

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Aisling Franciosi
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Birthdate: June 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Irish actor Aisling Franciosi is best known as Katie Benedetto from the series The Fall and as Kate Crawford from the TNT series Legends. She was also seen as Lyanna Stark in Game of Thrones and as Clare Carroll in The Nightingale, and won an AACTA award for the latter.

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Andrea Corr
(Singer-songwriter)

Andrea Corr
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Birthdate: May 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dundalk, Ireland

Andrea Corr is an Irish singer, musician, songwriter, actress, and author. She is part of the popular Celtic pop-rock and folk-rock group The Corrs, where she plays the ukulele, piano, and tin whistle apart from being the lead singer. Also a humanitarian, Andrea Corr takes part in several charitable activities to raise money for various causes.

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Brenda Fricker
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Birthdate: February 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Genevieve O'Reilly
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Birthdate: January 6, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Louisa Harland
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Birthdate: 1994 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Siobhan McSweeney
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Birthdate: December 27, 0000
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Cork, Ireland

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Fionnula Flanagan
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Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Valerie Hobson
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Birthdate: April 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Larne, County Antrim, Ireland
Died: November 13, 1998

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Jennifer Gibney
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Birthdate: July 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Camille O'Sullivan
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Birthdate: December 30, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England

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Denise Gough
(Actress)

Denise Gough
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Birthdate: February 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ennis, County Clare, Ireland

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Fiona Glascott
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Birthdate: November 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland

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Lola Montez
(Stage dancer)

Lola Montez
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Birthdate: February 17, 1821
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grange, Ireland
Died: January 17, 1861

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Geraldine Fitzgerald
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Birthdate: November 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greystones, County Wicklow, Ireland
Died: July 17, 2005

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Bernie Nolan
(Actress)

Bernie Nolan
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Birthdate: October 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 4, 2013

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Danielle Galligan
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Birthdate: December 1, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

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Ruth Bradley
(Actress)

Ruth Bradley
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Birthdate: January 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

Ruth Bradley was not new to the entertainment world when she stepped into a career in films, being the daughter of actor Charlotte Bradley. The Irish actor has won rave reviews for her role in the Australian drama In Her Skin and later won IFTA awards for Stardust and Grabbers.

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Amy Huberman
(Actress)

Amy Huberman
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Birthdate: March 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cabinteely, Ireland

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Eva Birthistle
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Birthdate: February 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland

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Angeline Ball
(Actress)

Angeline Ball
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Birthdate: June 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cabra, Dublin, Ireland

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Charlene McKenna
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Birthdate: March 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glaslough, Ireland

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Danika McGuigan
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Birthdate: January 4, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: July 23, 2019

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Nora-Jane Noone
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Birthdate: March 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland

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Valene Kane
(Actress)

Valene Kane
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Birthdate: January 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newry, Northern Ireland

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Bronagh Gallagher
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Birthdate: April 26, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland

Irish singer and actress Bronagh Gallagher has been active in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. Becoming involved in drama and music activities as a teenager, she initially worked as a hairdresser and a singer with a local band before making it big. Her career as an actress eventually took off and she has since appeared in many films.