Irish Actors and Actressesby Sinead | created - 06 Jan 2011 | updated - 10 months ago | Public
I'm bored, so here's a list of Irish actors and actresses that you might recognise! :) i realise some of these actors may not be 100% Irish.. I am also adding actors who have a strong Irish connection and/or are widely referred to as ''Irish''. Feel free to make suggestions.. politeness is appreciated :)
Actress | Hanna
Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin with her ...
Born in New York to Irish parents, lived in Carlow since she was 3.
Actor | The Lobster
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history.
Born in Dublin.
Actor | Match Point
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family...
Born in Dublin, moved to Cork at age 1.
Actor | 28 Days Later...
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law ...
Born in Cork.
Actor | The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...
Born in Louth, lived in Meath for 12 years with his grandparents.
6. Liam Neeson
Actor | Schindler's List
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by ...
Born in Antrim.
Actor | The Usual Suspects
Byrne was the first of six children, born in Dublin, Ireland. His father was a cooper and his mother a hospital worker. He was raised Catholic and educated by the Irish Christian Brothers. He spent five years of his childhood in a seminary training to be a Catholic priest. He later said, "I spent ...
Born in Dublin.
8. Stephen Rea
Actor | The Crying Game
Stephen Rea was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He attended Belfast High School and the Queen's University, where he studied English. He later trained at the Abbey Theatre School in Dublin. In 1970s, he acted in the Focus Company in Dublin with the talented Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. After ...
Born in Belfast.
9. Ciarán Hinds
Actor | The Woman in Black
Ciaran Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciaran follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his ...
Born in Belfast.
10. Stuart Townsend
Stuart Townsend was born in 1972 in Howth, County Dublin, Ireland, to Lorna (Hogan), an Irish model, and Peter Townsend, an English professional golfer. Stuart was determined to be an actor and began his career by appearing in a number of student films, while attending the Gaiety School of Acting ...
Born in Dublin.
Actor | Shame
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...
Born in Germany to an Irish mother and German father, moved to Kerry when he was 2 years old.
12. Richard Harris
Actor | Gladiator
A genuine star of cinema on screen and a fiery hell raiser off screen, Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family. He was the son of Mildred Josephine (Harty) and Ivan John Harris, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for ...
Born in Limerick.
13. Brendan Gleeson
Actor | The Guard
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...
Born in Dublin.
14. Colm Meaney
Actor | Con Air
Colm Meaney was born on May 30, 1953 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Con Air (1997), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Layer Cake (2004). He has been married to Ines Glorian since March 15, 2007. He was previously married to Bairbre Dowling.
Born in Dublin.
15. Robert Sheehan
Robert Sheehan was born on January 7, 1988 in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland as Robert Michael Sheehan. He is an actor and producer, known for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), Misfits (2009) and Love/Hate (2010).
Born in Laois.
16. Fiona Shaw
Fiona Shaw was born July 10, 1958 in County Cork, Ireland. She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City, and later received a degree in University College Cork. She was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a contingent of actors to emerge from ...
Born in Cork.
17. Devon Murray
Devon Murray was born in County Kildare, Ireland in October 1988. His parents Michael and Fidelma Murray sent him to the Billie Barry when he was six, and within two weeks he landed a Tesco television ad. Within six months he was in his first movie, acting alongside Aidan Quinn in This Is My Father...
Born in Kildare.
18. Brenda Fricker
Actress | My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown
This Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted...
Born in Dublin.
19. Michael Gambon
Actor | Gosford Park
Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...
Born in Dublin, moved to London when he was 5.
20. James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to May, a civil servant, and James Nesbitt, a primary school headmaster. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (also the school of Brian Campbell & Brian McAlister). He originally planned to be a French teacher. It ...
Born in Antrim.
21. Evanna Lynch
Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress. Born in the town of Termonfeckin in Ireland, she is one of four children to Donal and Marguerite Lynch. Her acting career began in 2007 when she competed in an open audition against nearly 15,000 girls, and won the coveted role of Luna Lovegood in the "...
22. Daniel Day-Lewis
Actor | There Will Be Blood
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Nicholas Blake, Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing ...
23. Noel Purcell
Actor | The Blue Lagoon
Noel Purcell was born on December 23, 1900 in Dublin, Ireland as Patrick Joseph Noel Purcell. He was an actor, known for The Blue Lagoon (1949), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and Moby Dick (1956). He was married to Eileen Marmion. He died on March 3, 1985 in Dublin.
24. Cyril Cusack
Actor | Fahrenheit 451
Cyril James Cusack was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, to Alice Violet (Cole), a Cockney English actress and chorus girl, and James Walter Cusack, an Irish mounted policeman in Natal. He was brought up in Ireland. He was a child star on the Irish stage, appearing first at the age of 7. He ...
25. Peter O'Toole
Actor | Lawrence of Arabia
A leading man of prodigious talents, Peter O'Toole was raised in Leeds, Yorkshire, England, the son of Constance Jane Eliot (Ferguson), a Scottish nurse, and Patrick Joseph O'Toole, an Irish metal plater, football player and racecourse bookmaker. Upon leaving school, he decided to become a ...
26. Ray McAnally
Actor | The Mission
Although Irish character actor Ray McAnally would become one of his country's most revered stage actors, he will be forever remembered by audiences both here and abroad for a couple of films he made during the last years of his life. Born in the seaside town of Buncrana and the son of a bank ...
27. Dan O'Herlihy
Actor | RoboCop
Irish-born Dan O'Herlihy decided not to follow in his father's footsteps, forsaking the life of an architect in favour of the acting profession. The tall, distinguished-looking university graduate boasted a rich, resonant voice, which enabled him to easily find work in radio plays, as well on the ...
28. Patrick Bergin
Actor | Sleeping with the Enemy
Patrick Bergin was born on February 4, 1951 in Dublin, Ireland as Patrick Connolly Bergin. He is an actor, known for Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Patriot Games (1992) and Robin Hood (1991). He has been married to Paula Frazier since 1992. They have one child.
30. David Kelly
Born Dublin, Ireland on July 11 1929. Educated at Synge Street Catholic boys school. Started acting aged 8 in the Gaiety theatre Dublin. Playing everything from Beckett to Shakespeare, he has appeared in Theatre, TV and film constantly since 1959. Awards include, Helen Hayes for "Moon for the ...
31. Colin O'Donoghue
Actor | The Rite
O'Donoghue was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He initially attended Dundalk Grammar School, and then The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. At age 16, O'Donoghue went to Paris, France, for a month to learn the French language. Colin's early career was mainly ...
32. Kenneth Branagh
Actor | Hamlet
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...
34. Maureen O'Hara
Actress | The Quiet Man
In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made...
35. Sarah Bolger
Actress | In America
Sarah Lee Bolger (born 28 February 1991) is an Irish actress. She is best known for her roles in the films In America (2002), Stormbreaker, and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), as well as her award winning role as Lady Mary Tudor in the TV series The Tudors (2007), and for guest starring as ...
37. Stephen Boyd
Actor | Ben-Hur
Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming's on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to...
38. Alison Doody
Actress | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Alison Doody was born in Dublin in 1966, in a well-off family. She is the youngest of three children. She was educated in a convent, where she gained a passion for the arts. She later studied at the National College of Fine Arts in Dublin, but left because she lacked the motivation and thought she ...
39. Wilfrid Brambell
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
Wilfrid Brambell was born on 22 March 1912, in Dublin, Ireland. His first acting experience was when he was aged just two when he entertained wounded soldiers returning from action during the First World War. On leaving school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Irish Times and part-time as ...
40. Liam Cunningham
Actor | Hunger
Irish actor Liam Cunningham was an electrician in the mid 80's. He saw an ad for an acting school and he decided to give acting a try. His first film role was as a policeman in "Into the West." Since then, he has been involved in many films and theater productions on both sides of the Atlantic.
42. Chris O'Dowd
Actor | Bridesmaids
Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd born 9 October 1979 is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O'Dowd created and is starring in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy. He had a recurring role on the drama series Girls and starred in the ...
46. Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In ...
47. Sinéad Cusack
Actress | V for Vendetta
Sinéad Cusack was born on February 18, 1948 in Dalkey, Ireland as Jane Moira Cusack. She is an actress, known for V for Vendetta (2005), Eastern Promises (2007) and Wrath of the Titans (2012). She has been married to Jeremy Irons since March 28, 1978. They have two children.
48. Milo O'Shea
Actor | Barbarella
Milo O'Shea was born on June 2, 1926 in Dublin, Irish Free State as Milo Donal O'shea. He was an actor, known for Barbarella (1968), Romeo and Juliet (1968) and The Verdict (1982). He was married to Kitty O'Sullivan and Maureen Toal. He died on April 2, 2013 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, ...
49. Barry Fitzgerald
Actor | The Quiet Man
One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and ...
51. Richard Hayward
Actor | Devil's Rock
Richard Hayward was born on October 24, 1892 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Harold Richard Hayward. He was an actor and writer, known for Devil's Rock (1938), The Luck of the Irish (1936) and Landslide (1937). He was married to Dorothy Elizabeth Gamble and Elma Hayward. He died on October 13,...
53. Damian O'Hare
Damian O'Hare was born on August 13, 1977 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). He has been married to Georgie Hurford-Jones since December 30, 2014.
54. Sam Neill
Actor | Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Sam Neill was born in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, to army parents, an English-born mother, Priscilla Beatrice (Ingham), and a New Zealand-born father, Dermot Neill. His family moved to the South Island of New Zealand in 1954. He went to boarding schools and then attended the universities ...
56. Tony Doyle
Actor | Ballykissangel
Tony Doyle (16 January 1942 - 28 January 2000) was an Irish television and film actor. He attended Belcamp College, Dublin as a boarder before going onto University College Dublin (which he did not finish). He got his first big break playing Father Sheehy in the RTE weekly soap The Riordans (1965) ...
57. Colin Kenny
Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood
Already accomplished in his homeland, Irish actor Colin Kenny came to the US in 1917 to make his bid for film stardom. To the best of his memory, there would be over 150 of them. Silent movies were more generous in ladling out cast credit. He had steady roles from 1918 to the late 1920s. One of his...
58. Orla Brady
Actress | Fringe
Irish-born Orla Brady studied acting at the Ecole Phillippe Gaulier in Paris. Upon returning to Dublin, she won the role of Adela in the House of Bernarda Alba at the Gate Theatre. Since then, she has been working on both sides of the Atlantic with a career mix of television, film, and stage to her...
63. Kevin Ryan
Actor | Laredo
Irish actor Kevin Ryan's recent roles include 'Colin Kilgannon' on NBC's multi awarding winning series "The Blacklist", 'Prince Marias' on ABC's "Once Upon a Time" and 'Patrick Ryan' on Freeform's television series 'Guilt'. Kevin is best known for his role as 'Detective Francis Maguire' on BBC ...
Actress | Pulp Fiction
Bronagh Gallagher is an Irish-born singer and actress. Born in 1972 in Northern Ireland, Bronagh became involved in the performing arts, including music and drama during her teenage years. She later joined a local amateur drama group known as the Oakgrove Theatre Company. Bronagh made her screen ...
66. Dylan Moran
Actor | Black Books
Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So...
Actress | The Tudors
Maria Doyle Kennedy was born on September 25, 1964 in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland as Maria Josephine Doyle. She is an actress, known for The Tudors (2007), The Commitments (1991) and Orphan Black (2013). She has been married to Kieran Kennedy since 1988. They have four children.
70. Aidan Gillen
Actor | Game of Thrones
Aidan Gillen is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011), CIA operative Bill Wilson in The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk (2000), John Boy in the RTÉ Television series ...
71. Jason O'Mara
Actor | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Jason O'Mara was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Soon after graduating from Trinity College Dublin with a BA in Drama and Theatre he moved to London, England, to further pursue his acting career. Time spent in British repertory theater led to leading roles in acclaimed productions at some of ...
72. Martin McCann
Actor | The Survivalist
Martin McCann grew up with a brother and sister in the Divis Flats area of Falls Road in Belfast.
In 2006 Lord Richard Attenborough cast McCann in his film after seeing him play Alex in a stage production of A Clockwork Orange. Attenborough called Spielberg and recommended McCann. He was invited to ...
Actress | Wuthering Heights
Geraldine Fitzgerald was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier's wife and Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law, which surely qualifies her as running the gamut (if not the gauntlet, in the latter case) of A to Z for co-starring with cinema immortals. The Irish lass appeared in many ...
Actress | The Others
Fionnula Flanagan was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. From an early age she grew up speaking both English and Irish on a daily basis. Her parents weren't native Irish speakers but wanted Fionnula and her four siblings to learn the language. Her mother used to say, "A nation without a language ...
76. Eoin Macken
Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Eoin - pronounced Owen - Macken was born in Dublin on 21 February 1983 and began his interest in drama at University College, Dublin. At the age of 19,he became a highly successful model, chosen as the face of Abercrombie and Fitch, in addition to working for Ralph Lauren, Braun and GQ magazine. ...
78. Peter Vollebregt
Actor | EastEnders
Born in Dublin of Dutch parents and now living in London, Peter Vollebregt is a highly versatile actor who trained in drama at Trinity College Dublin. His theatre experience includes lead roles in all the major theatres in Ireland as well as productions from Sydney, Australia to London's West-End. ...
81. Aidan Quinn
Actor | Practical Magic
Aidan Quinn was born on March 8, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Aidan T. Quinn. He is an actor, known for Practical Magic (1998), Benny & Joon (1993) and Legends of the Fall (1994). He has been married to Elizabeth Bracco since September 1, 1987. They have two children.
82. Arthur Shields
Actor | The Quiet Man
Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in ...
Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private ...
84. Jamie Dornan
Actor | Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan was born on May 1, 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as James Dornan. He is an actor, known for Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), The Fall (2013) and Anthropoid (2016). He has been married to Amelia Warner since April 27, 2013. They have two children.
86. Adrian Dunbar
Actor | The Crying Game
Adrian Dunbar was born on August 1, 1958 in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Crying Game (1992), Hear My Song (1991) and The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008). He has been married to Anna Nygh since 1986. They have one child.
88. Siobhan McKenna
Actress | Doctor Zhivago
Siobhan McKenna was born on May 24, 1923 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Siobhan Giollamhuire Mac Cionnaith. She was an actress, known for Doctor Zhivago (1965), King of Kings (1961) and Of Human Bondage (1964). She was married to Denis O'Dea. She died on November 16, 1986 in Dublin, Ireland.
90. Gemma Craven
Gemma Craven was born on June 1, 1950 in Dublin, Ireland as Rita Gemma Gabriel. She is an actress, known for The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella (1976), The Hole (2001) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993). She was previously married to David Beamish and Frazer Hines.
91. Katie McGrath
Actress | Jurassic World
Irish actress Katie McGrath did not intend to make a career for herself in the acting profession, studying History at Trinity College, Dublin. Upon graduating, she became interested in fashion journalism and worked for lifestyle and fashion magazine, Image. After this, her mother's best friend, an ...
93. Andrew Scott
Actor | Pride
Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the middle child with two sisters, in a financially comfortable home which allowed his parents, Jim and Nora, to send him to a private Catholic school for boys. He started acting as a child when he was in commercials on Irish TV, then was chosen from his ...
94. Dermot Morgan
Actor | Father Ted
Dermot went to University College Dublin, where he studied English and Philosopy. In 1974 he took up a teaching post, but left 2 years later to persue the comedy career that he had started at university. In 1979 his first introduction to TV came with an appearance on "Live Mike" on RTE television ...
95. Colin Morgan
Actor | Merlin
Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theater and radio actor who attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and ...
Actor | Mrs. Brown's Boys
Brendan O'Carroll was born on September 15, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011), Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014) and Mrs. Brown's Boys: The Original Series (2002). He has been married to Jennifer Gibney since August 1, 2005. He was previously ...
100. Brendan Coyle
Actor | Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle was born in Corby, Northamptonshire to an Irish father and Scottish mother; his parents moved to Corby from County Tyrone, Ireland. Brendan holds Irish citizenship and has previously lived in Dublin and London. However, according to a video clip from the site for "Rockface" he resides...