Northern Irish

Find out more about the greatest Northern Irish people, including Saint Patrick, George Best, Paula Malcomson, Conleth Hill and John Stewart Bell.

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 1 Liam Neeson

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballymena, Northern Ireland

The recipient of multiple awards, actor Liam Neeson has been ranked among  the '100 Sexiest Stars in Film History'. One of the highest-grossing actors of all time, he first rose to prominence in the 1990s with his title role in the epic drama film Schindler's List. Since then, he has appeared in many other critically acclaimed films.

 2 Saint Patrick

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: 0385 AD
Birthplace: Britannia
Died: March 17, 0461

Saint Patrick was a Romano-British bishop and Christian missionary in Ireland. Widely regarded as the main patron saint of Ireland, Patrick is often referred to as the Apostle of Ireland. According to early medieval tradition, Patrick is credited with popularizing Christianity in Ireland. His life and work inspired the 2000 TV historical drama film, St. Patrick: The Irish Legend.

 3 Van Morrison

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bloomfield, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish singer, Van Morrison, garnered recognition in the 1960s while playing with the band, Them, and then later as a solo singer with the 1967 song Brown Eyed Girl. Over the years, he has released more than 40 albums. Astral Weeks, Moondance, Wavelength, Down the Road and Keep It Simple are some of his acclaimed and commercially successful albums.

 4 George Best

George Best.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Footballer
Birthdate: May 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast
Died: November 25, 2005
Manchester United winger/midfielder George Best was the 1968 European Footballer of the Year and was placed sixth on the FIFA Player of the Century list. A skilled dribbler, the Northern Irish player was also known for his stunning good looks and his affinity for women and alcohol. 

 5 Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 6 Jamie Dornan

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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland

One of the most popular model-turned-actors from Northern Ireland, Jamie Dornan was named by Vogue in its list of 25 Biggest Male Models of All Time. He earned international recognition after portraying Sheriff Graham Humbert in Once Upon a Time. Known for his looks and acting skills, Dornan is regarded as one of the greatest film actors of Ireland.

 7 Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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 8 Eve Hewson

Eve Hewson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ireland

 9 Colin Morgan

Colin Morgan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Armagh
Colin Morgan is best known for his multiple-award-winning performance in Merlin. He made waves with his theater performances and has also narrated several audiobooks and documentaries. He was seen in the series Humans and The Fall, and the movies Benjamin and Island. He hates social media and practices ethical consumerism.

 10 Ciarán Hinds

Ciarán Hinds.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ciarán Hinds is an Irish actor who is popular for playing villainous roles, Ciarán Hinds has contributed immensely across all three major acting mediums: films, television and theatre. In 2020, Ciarán Hinds was ranked 31st on The Irish Times newspaper's Ireland's greatest film actors list.

 11 Glenn Quinn

Glenn Quinn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 3, 2002

 12 Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

 13 Clive Standen

Clive Standen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: County Down, Northern Ireland, UK

 14 Ronan Keating

Ronan Keating
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Swords, Dublin, Ireland

 15 Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coleraine, United Kingdom
Northern Irish actor Michelle Fairley soared to fame as Catelyn Stark in the iconic series Game of Thrones. She is also known for her roles in Suits and 24: Live Another Day. She is an Olivier Award-nominated theater actor, too, and has appeared in films such as The Others.

 16 Brendan Rodgers

Brendan Rodgers
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football coach
Birthdate: January 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Carnlough, Antrim, Northern Ireland

 17 Stephen Rea

Stephen Rea.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belfast
Stephen Rea is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role of Fergus in The Crying Game. He has also appeared in films such as V for Vendetta and Interview with the Vampire. He won a BAFTA for The Honourable Woman and was nominated for one for The Shadow Line.

 18 Conleth Hill

Conleth Hill.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Irish actor Conleth Hill is best known for playing Varys in the HBO series Game of Thrones. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he made his Broadway debut in the play Stones in His Pockets. An accomplished stage actor, he is the recipient of two Laurence Olivier Awards. He also acts in TV shows and films. 

 19 Paula Malcomson

Paula Malcomson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belfast

Paula Malcomson is a Northern Irish actress best known for playing Abby Donovan in the American crime drama TV series, Ray Donovan. Despite being a Northern Irish, Malcomson has worked in many American TV series and films. She portrayed the role of Mrs. Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series and has appeared in popular American TV series like ER.

 20 Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 20, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland

 21 Alison Doody

Alison Doody
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 22 Ray Stevenson

Ray Stevenson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lisburn, United Kingdom
Ray Stevenson is best known as Dagonet from the film King Arthur and as Titus Pullo from the series Rome. He has also played the Marvel characters Frank Castle/The Punisher in Punisher: War Zone and Volstagg in the Thor franchise. He voiced Gar Saxon in two Star Wars series.

 23 James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 15, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coleraine, Northern Ireland, UK

 24 Eoin Morgan

Eoin Morgan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Cricketer
Birthdate: September 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 25 Alex Higgins

Alex Higgins.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Snooker Player
Birthdate: March 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: July 24, 2010

Alex Higgins was a Northern Irish snooker player. Renowned for his fast play, which earned him the nickname Hurricane Higgins, Alex was one of the most iconic snooker players of his generation. Thanks to his popularity, he was also called the People's Champion and is credited with popularizing the game of snooker.

 26 Amanda Burton

Amanda Burton.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Londonderry, United Kingdom

North Irish actress Amanda Burton is best known for playing Beth Glover in the TV series Peak Practice. As a teenager, she studied drama at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre. She began her career with roles in stage productions and eventually branched out into TV as well. Besides acting, she is an ambassador for the charity The Children's Trust.

 27 Eamonn Holmes

Eamonn Holmes
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Famous As: Journalists
Birthdate: December 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

 28 Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Songwriter
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 29 Graham Linehan

Graham Linehan
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 30 Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glengormley, Northern Ireland, UK
Died: June 2, 1977

 31 Dermot Morgan

Dermot Morgan
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 28, 1998

 32 Frances Tomelty

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast, United Kingdom
Daughter of actor Joseph Tomelty, Irish actor Frances Tomelty amazed audiences playing a blind woman in the series Death in Paradise. She met her former husband, singer Sting of The Police fame, at the rock musical Rock Nativity, and they got married a couple of years later. 

 33 Kyle Lafferty

Kyle Lafferty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: September 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enniskillen

 34 Orla Brady

Orla Brady
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 35 Richard Dormer

Richard Dormer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK

 36 Niamh Cusack

Niamh Cusack
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 20, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 37 Samantha Mumba

Samantha Mumba
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 38 Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 39 Patrick Bergin

Patrick Bergin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 40 Johnny McDaid

Johnny McDaid.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Londonderry
Indie rock/pop singer, songwriter, and producer John McDaid has been part of bands such as Snow Patrol and Vega4. He is also known for his collaborations with popular artists, mostly with Ed Sheeran. He co-wrote Sheeran’s chartbusting track Shape of You and co-produced his platinum album X.

 41 Feargal Sharkey

Feargal Sharkey.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Londonderry, Northern Ireland

Feargal Sharkey is a Northern Irish singer best known for his association with the popular rock band The Undertones where he was the lead vocalist. Also known for his contribution to the UK's commercial music industry, Sharkey was appointed OBE for services to music during the 2019 Birthday Honours. A fly fisherman, Sharkey also campaigns against the pollution of rivers.

 42 Elaine Cassidy

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland

 43 Gloria Hunniford

Gloria Hunniford.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland

Octogenarian Gloria Hunniford is still young at heart and wishes to get a tattoo after getting her COVID-19 vaccine. The Northern Irish TV/radio presenter, famous for shows such as Loose Women, became involved with cancer charities after her daughter’s death due to the disease. She is also a chakra-meditation enthusiast.

 44 Allen Leech

Allen Leech
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 18, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland

 45 Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 46 Steven Davis

Steven Davis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 1, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ballymena

 47 Nauheed Cyrusi

Nauheed Cyrusi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Nauheed Cyrusi is an Indian model, actress, and VJ. Cyrusi is best known for appearing in TV commercials for well-known brands like Head & Shoulders, Britannia, and Himalaya. Over the years, Cyrusi has become a household name in India, thanks to her acting skills and visibility across the country.

 48 Ardal O'Hanlon

Ardal O'Hanlon
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: October 8, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland

 49 Joey Dunlop

Joey Dunlop
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Motorcycle racer
Birthdate: February 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Armoy, Northern Ireland
Died: July 2, 2000

 50 Christy Brown

Christy Brown
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 7, 1981