Hot Irish actors

by danielwilkin | created - 05 Sep 2011 | updated - 04 Jan 2016 | Public

A list of the the hottest Irish actors taking the world by storm with their brooding good looks and enormous talent

1. Colin Farrell

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.

Farrell ...

2. Barry Keoghan

Actor | The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Barry Keoghan is an actor, known for The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), Dunkirk (2017) and '71 (2014).

3. Domhnall Gleeson

Actor | Ex Machina

Domhnall Gleeson was born on May 12, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Ex Machina (2014), Frank (2014) and About Time (2013).

4. Aidan Turner

Actor | The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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 ...

5. Michael Fassbender

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. ...

6. Jack Reynor

Actor | Glassland

Jack Reynor was born on 23 January, 1992, in Longmont, Colorado, to an Irish mother. He moved to County Wicklow, Ireland, when he was two, and was raised there. In early 2010, Jack was cast in Kirsten Sheridan's Dollhouse (2012) which debuted at Berlinale 2012. In late 2011 he played the title role...

7. Saoirse Ronan

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 ...

8. Allen Leech

Actor | The Imitation Game

Allen Leech was born on May 18, 1981 in Killiney, County Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Imitation Game (2014), Downton Abbey (2010) and Love Is the Drug (2004).

9. Emma Eliza Regan

Actress | Hexing

Emma Eliza Regan is an actress and director, known for Hexing (2017), Death of a Superhero (2011) and Darkness on the Edge of Town (2014).

10. Sarah Greene

Actress | Burnt

Sarah is originally from Cork and trained in Dublin where she graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2006.

Sarah played Helen McCormick (Slippy Helen) opposite Daniel Radcliffe as Billy Claven in Martin McDonaghs's The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Michael Grandage at the Cort Theatre on ...

11. 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 ...

12. Dominique McElligott

Actress | House of Cards

Dominique McElligott was born on May 3, 1986 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for House of Cards (2013), The Guard (2011) and Moon (2009).

13. Eve Hewson

Actress | Bridge of Spies

Eve Hewson was born on July 7, 1991 in Ireland as Memphis Eve Hewson. She is an actress, known for Bridge of Spies (2015), Enough Said (2013) and Blood Ties (2013).

14. 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 ...

15. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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...

16. Cillian Murphy

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 ...

17. Adam Weafer

Actor | Tranzient

Adam Weafer, Born 11th of June 1990 from Co. Dublin, Ireland. Adam as a youth worked on many productions more behind the scenes as an assistant director, learning the ropes so to speak on Sweeney Todd and Penny Dreadful but has recently progressed in acting after succeeding in getting the role of ...

18. Brian Gleeson

Actor | Snow White and the Huntsman

Brian Gleeson was born on November 14, 1987 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Logan Lucky (2017) and Assassin's Creed (2016).

19. Gemma-Leah Devereux

Actress | Get Up and Go

Gemma-Leah Devereux is known for her work on Get Up and Go (2014), Striking Out (2017) and The Tudors (2007).

20. 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. ...

21. Ruth Bradley

Actress | Grabbers

Ruth Bradley was born on January 24, 1987 in Dublin, Ireland. She is known for her work on Grabbers (2012), Flyboys (2006) and Pursuit (2015).

22. Robert Sheehan

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Robert Sheehan is an Irish actor. He was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, son of of Joe and Maria Sheehan. His father was a member of the Garda Síochána, the police force of the Republic of Ireland.

As a child, Sheehan was interested in performing music. He learned how to play the banjo, the ...

23. Amy Huberman

Actress | Striking Out

Amy Huberman was born on March 20, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Striking Out (2017), Threesome (2011) and Moone Boy (2012). She has been married to Brian O'Driscoll since July 2, 2010. They have two children.

24. Darren Cahill

Actor | Vikings

Darren Cahill is an actor, known for Vikings (2013) and Red Rock (2015).

25. Valene Kane

Actress | Rogue One

Valene Kane was born on January 30, 1987 in Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland. She is an actress, known for Rogue One (2016), The Fall (2013) and '71 (2014).

26. Evanna Lynch

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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 "...

27. 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 ...

28. 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 ...

29. Stuart Townsend

Actor | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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 ...

30. Liam Cunningham

Actor | The Guard

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.

31. Eve Macklin

Actress | Brooklyn

Eve was born in the republic of Ireland and is also a United States citizen. She trained in dance, music and drama and lives between Dublin and Los Angeles. She has a Bachelors Degree from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Besides acting she works as a session singer, singing teacher and voice ...

32. Tara Leniston

Actress | The Medallion

Tara is the oldest of 4 and spent most of her childhood traveling around the world with her family. At the age of 18, Tara was spotted by Jackie Chan while she was working at Channel V in Hong Kong. The martial arts actor signed Tara to his agency and became the first female westerner he ever took ...

33. Laura Donnelly

Actress | Outlander

Laura Donnelly was born in 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is an actress, known for Outlander (2014), The Fall (2013) and The Program (2015).

34. Seán T. Ó Meallaigh

Actor | Vikings

Seán T. Ó Meallaigh was born on February 15, 1983 in Donegal, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Vikings (2013), Love is a Sting (2015) and An Klondike (2015).

35. 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 ...

36. Eva Birthistle

Actress | Imagine Me & You

Eva Birthistle was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Imagine Me & You (2005), Brooklyn (2015) and Ae Fond Kiss... (2004).

37. 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...

38. Samantha Mumba

Actress | The Time Machine

Samantha Mumba was born on January 18, 1983 in Dublin, Ireland as Samantha Tamanya Anne Cecelia Mumba. She has been married to Torray Scales since February 24, 2012. They have one child.

39. Rory Keenan

Actor | The Guard

Irish actor Rory Keenan has worked extensively in theatre and film. He performed leading roles on the London stage, he has also appeared in TV and film projects such as Peaky Blinders, War & Peace, Birdsong, The Guard, and soon Versailles. Rory resides in London, England where he continues to work ...

40. Hugh O'Conor

Actor | Chocolat

A young dramatic actor of film and TV who has appeared in several dark big-screen dramas, the Irish-born O'Conor (not to be confused with the late American actor Hugh O'Connor) began acting at the age of eight. O'Conor was still a relative unknown pre-teen when he co-starred with Liam Neeson in the...

41. Colin Morgan

Actor | Legend

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 ...

42. Kerry Condon

Actress | Rome

Kerry Condon was born on January 4, 1983 in Tipperary, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Rome (2005), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Better Call Saul (2015).

43. Emmett J Scanlan

Actor | Hollyoaks

Emmett J Scanlan was born on January 31, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and producer, known for Hollyoaks (1995), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Charlie Casanova (2011). He has been married to Claire Cooper since December 31, 2015.

44. Maria Doyle Kennedy

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.

45. 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 ...

46. Gabriel Byrne

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 ...

47. David Murray

Actor | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

David Murray was born on February 7, 1970 in Cork, Ireland. He is an actor, known for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Batman Begins (2005) and King Arthur (2004).

48. Michael McElhatton

Actor | Game of Thrones

Michael McElhatton was born in 1963 in Terenure, Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Game of Thrones (2011), The Fall (2013) and Genius (2017).

49. Glen Hansard

Soundtrack | Once

Glen Hansard was born on April 21, 1970 in Dublin, Ireland.

50. Bronagh Gallagher

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 ...

51. Victoria Smurfit

Actress | Bulletproof Monk

Victoria Smurfit was born on March 31, 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress and producer, known for Bulletproof Monk (2003), About a Boy (2002) and The Beach (2000). She was previously married to Douglas Baxter.

52. Nika McGuigan

Actress | Philomena

Nika McGuigan is an actress, known for Philomena (2013), The Secret Scripture (2016) and Traders (2015).

53. 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.

54. 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 ...

55. 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 ...