Famous Irish Directors

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 1 Stuart Townsend

Stuart Townsend.
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Famous As: Actor
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.

 2 Martin McDonagh

Martin McDonagh.
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Famous As: Playwright, Screenwriter, Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell

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
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: January 13, 2009

 4 Liam Cunningham

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

 5 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

 6 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.

 7 Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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 8 Brendan O'Carroll

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

 9 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.

 10 Roman Coppola

Roman Coppola
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France

 11 William Desmond Taylor

William Desmond Taylor.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: April 26, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlow
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.

 12 John Carney

John Carney
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland Ireland

 13 Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: February 25, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rosses Point, Ireland

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.

 14 Stephen McKinley Henderson

Stephen McKinley Henderson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, USA

 15 Lisa Dwan

Lisa Dwan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 25, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coosan, Ireland

 16 Daragh O Malley

Daragh O Malley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 17 Hugh O Conor

Hugh O Conor
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: April 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 18 Vincent Dowling

Vincent Dowling
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: May 9, 2013

 19 Kevin McClory

Kevin McClory
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Famous As: Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire, Ireland
Died: November 20, 2006

 20 Simon Delaney

Simon Delaney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Raheny, Dublin, Ireland

 21 Conor McPherson

Conor McPherson
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: August 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 22 Olwen Fouere

Olwen Fouere
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland

 23 Tony Lundon

Tony Lundon
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway, Ireland

 24 Nora Twomey

Nora Twomey
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Famous As: Animator
Birthdate: October 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland

 25 Aisling Walsh

Aisling Walsh
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1958 AD
Birthplace: Derval O'Rourke

 26 Dearbhla Walsh

Dearbhla Walsh
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

 27 Andrew Connolly

Andrew Connolly
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 28 Matt Moore

Matt Moore
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1888
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kells, County Meath, Ireland
Died: January 21, 1960

 29 Lumsden Hare

Lumsden Hare
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cashel, County Tipperary, Ireland
Died: August 28, 1964

 30 Roy William Neill

Roy William Neill
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: September 4, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 14, 1946

 31 Michael J. Dolan

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

 32 Herbert Brenon

Herbert Brenon
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dún Laoghaire Kingstown, Ireland
Died: June 21, 1958

 33 Jimmy Smallhorne

Jimmy Smallhorne
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 34 Terry McMahon

Terry McMahon
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: 1969 AD
Birthplace: Mullingar, Ireland

 35 Éamon de Buitléar

Éamon de Buitléar
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Famous As: Writer, Film director
Birthdate: January 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bray, Ireland
Died: January 27, 2013

 36 Douglas Gerrard

Douglas Gerrard
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 5, 1950

 37 Charles Davis

Charles Davis
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 12, 2009

 38 Mary Raftery

Mary Raftery
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: December 21, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 10, 2012

 39 Barry McEvoy

Barry McEvoy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

 40 Shelah Richards

Shelah Richards
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 23, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 19, 1985

 41 Ciara Elizabeth Smyth

Ciara Elizabeth Smyth
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: July 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ireland

 42 Ria Mooney

Ria Mooney
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland
Died: January 3, 1973

 43 Darach Mac Con Iomaire

Darach Mac Con Iomaire
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Ireland