Famous Irish Directors

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 1 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.

 2 Martin McDonagh

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Famous As: Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish, British

The director and writer of the Academy Award-winning short film, Six Shooter, Martin McDonagh is also well known as a playwright and stage director. The Beauty Queen of Leenane is one of the his noted works. The crime drama film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was another successful venture of McDonagh. He says he prefers films to plays.

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 3 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

 4 Domhnall Gleeson

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

 5 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.

 6 Liam Cunningham

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

 7 Brendan O'Carroll

Brendan O'Carroll
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish
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 8 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.

 9 Adrian Dunbar

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

 10 Roman Coppola

Roman Coppola
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish, American

 11 Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: February 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Irish

Neil Jordan is a screenwriter, film director, short-story writer, and novelist. In 1979, his book Night in Tunisia earned him the Guardian Fiction Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award. In 1992, he received an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his work in the film The Crying Game. He is also credited with creating a TV series called The Borgias.

 12 William Desmond Taylor

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: April 26, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish, American
Died: February 1, 1922
Actor-director William Desmond Taylor, a popular figure from the silent era of Hollywood, made headlines when he was found murdered in his LA bungalow. The case, which initiated a media frenzy, remains unsolved to date due to lack of evidence, in spite of a deathbed confession from actor Patricia Palmer.

 13 John Carney

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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

 14 Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish, American

 15 Daragh O Malley

Daragh O Malley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish

 16 Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

 17 Hugh O Conor

Hugh O Conor
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish

 18 Vincent Dowling

Vincent Dowling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish
Died: May 9, 2013

 19 Simon Delaney

Simon Delaney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish

 20 Andrew Connolly

Andrew Connolly
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish

 21 Matt Moore

Matt Moore
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish
Died: January 21, 1960

 22 Lumsden Hare

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish
Died: August 28, 1964

 23 Roy William Neill

Roy William Neill
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 4, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish
Died: December 14, 1946

 24 Michael J. Dolan

Michael J. Dolan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 1884 AD
Nationality: Irish
Died: October 21, 1954

 25 Herbert Brenon

Herbert Brenon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Irish
Died: June 21, 1958

 26 Jimmy Smallhorne

Jimmy Smallhorne
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Nationality: Irish

 27 Terry McMahon

Terry McMahon
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Nationality: Irish

 28 Charles Davis

Charles Davis
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Irish
Died: December 12, 2009

 29 Mary Raftery

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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Irish
Died: January 10, 2012

 30 Barry McEvoy

Barry McEvoy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 31 Douglas Gerrard

Douglas Gerrard
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish, American
Died: June 5, 1950

 32 Shelah Richards

Shelah Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 23, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish
Died: January 19, 1985

 33 Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Irish

 34 Ria Mooney

Ria Mooney
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Irish
Died: January 3, 1973

 35 Darach Mac Con Iomaire

Darach Mac Con Iomaire
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Irish

 36 Aisling Walsh

Aisling Walsh
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Nationality: Irish

 37 Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: August 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Irish

 38 Dearbhla Walsh

Dearbhla Walsh
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Irish

 39 Olwen Fouere

Olwen Fouere
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Irish

 40 Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Irish

 41 Kevin McClory

Kevin McClory
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Irish
Died: November 20, 2006

 42 Tony Lundon

Tony Lundon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Irish