Irish & British Actresses and Actors

by Filmisaroundtheworld | created - 20 Apr 2013 | updated - 13 Feb 2015 | Public

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

Born in Dublin.

3. 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...

Born in Dublin, moved to Cork at age 1.

4. 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 ...

Born in Cork.

5. Pierce Brosnan

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 | Kinsey

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.

7. 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 ...

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

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 ...

Born in Dublin.

11. 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. ...

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 and producer, known for Con Air (1997), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Under Siege (1992). He has been married to Ines Glorian since March 15, 2007. He was previously married to Bairbre Dowling.

Born in Dublin.

15. Robert Sheehan

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Robert Sheehan is an Irish actor. He was born in Portlaoise, County Laois, the son 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 ...

Born in Laois.

16. Devon Murray

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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.

17. Maria Anastacia Keogh

Actress | Feinmharu

Maria Anastacia Keogh was was born in Lewisham, Greater London. Her family the Thomas clan moved back to the west coast of Mayo, Ireland. As a youth she went to drama classes directed by the Irish playwright, RTE director and actor John Breen. During this time she studied Arts at the National ...

18. Brenda Fricker

Actress | My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown

Irish character actress Brenda Fricker was born in Dublin, and gained experience in Irish theatre and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the ...

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

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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

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 "...

22. 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 back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...

Born in New York to Irish parents, lived in Carlow since she was 3.

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 The Crimson Pirate (1952). 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. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

29. 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. Domhnall Gleeson

Actor | Ex Machina

Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor and writer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise (2010-2011), About Time (2013), Ex Machina (2015) and The Revenant (2015).

He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, alongside whom he has appeared in several films and ...

31. David Kelly

Actor | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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 ...

32. 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 ...

33. Kenneth Branagh

Actor | Henry V

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. Gavan O'Herlihy

Actor | Willow

Gavan O'Herlihy was born on April 29, 1954 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Willow (1988), Never Say Never Again (1983) and The Descent: Part 2 (2009).

35. 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...

36. 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. 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 ...

39. 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 ...

40. 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 ...

41. 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. Sean McGinley

Actor | On a Clear Day

Sean McGinley was born in 1956 in Gaoth Dobhair, Donegal, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for On a Clear Day (2005), Braveheart (1995) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Marie Mullen since 1990. They have two children.

43. 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 ...

44. Ruth Negga

Actress | Loving

Ruth Negga was born on January 7, 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is an actress, known for Loving (2016), Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013) and World War Z (2013).

45. Owen Roe

Actor | Michael Collins

Owen Roe was born on May 30, 1959. He is an actor, known for Michael Collins (1996), Intermission (2003) and Any Time Now (2002). He has been married to Michele Forbes since 1984. They have two children.

46. Jim Norton

Actor | The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

Jim Norton was born on January 4, 1938 in Dublin, Ireland as James Norton. He is an actor, known for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Straw Dogs (1971) and Water for Elephants (2011). He is married to Mary Larkin.

47. 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 ...

48. 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.

49. 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, ...

50. 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. Gerard McSorley

Actor | Michael Collins

Gerard McSorley was born in 1950 in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for Michael Collins (1996), Omagh (2004) and Anton (2008).

52. Emma Bolger

Actress | In America

Emma Bolger was born on January 5, 1996 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for In America (2002), Heidi (2005) and Intermission (2003).

53. Richard Hayward

Actor | Irish and Proud of It

Richard Hayward was born on October 24, 1892 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Harold Richard Hayward. He was an actor and writer, known for Irish and Proud of It (1938), Devil's Rock (1938) and The Luck of the Irish (1936). He was married to Dorothy Elizabeth Gamble and Elma Hayward. He died on...

54. Brefni O'Rorke

Actor | Perfect Strangers

Brefni O'Rorke was born on June 26, 1889 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor, known for Vacation from Marriage (1945), The Next of Kin (1942) and Don't Take It to Heart! (1944). He died on November 11, 1946 in Ireland.

55. Damian O'Hare

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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.

56. Barry McEvoy

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Barry McEvoy was born in 1967 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), An Everlasting Piece (2000) and Titanic: Blood and Steel (2012).

57. 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) ...

58. 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...

59. Matt Moore

Actor | Rain

Matt Moore was born on January 8, 1888 in County Meath, Ireland as Matthew Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Rain (1932), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) and The Unholy Three (1925). He died on January 20, 1960 in Hollywood, California, USA.

60. 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 ...

61. Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Actress | 3096 Tage

Antonia Campbell-Hughes was born in 1982 in Northern Ireland. She is an actress and writer, known for 3096 Tage (2013), Bright Star (2009) and Albert Nobbs (2011).

62. Damian McGinty

Actor | Glee

Damian McGinty was born on September 9, 1992 in Derry, Northern Ireland as Damian Joseph McGinty Jr. He is an actor, known for Glee (2009), The Glee Project (2011) and Celtic Thunder: Storm (2011).

63. 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...

64. 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 ...

65. 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).

66. 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.

67. 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 ...

68. 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...

69. Graham Norton

Actor | Another Gay Movie

Graham Norton was born on April 4, 1963 in County Cork, Ireland as Graham Walker. He is an actor and writer, known for Another Gay Movie (2006), So Graham Norton (1998) and Father Ted (1995).

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 (1999), 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. Geraldine Fitzgerald

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 ...

73. 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 ...

74. 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. ...

75. 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).

76. Fionnula Flanagan

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 ...

77. Orla Fitzgerald

Actress | The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Orla Fitzgerald was born in 1978 in Cork, Ireland. She is an actress, known for The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006), Love Is the Drug (2004) and The Young Offenders (2018).

78. Susan Lynch

Actress | From Hell

Susan Lynch was born on June 5, 1971 in Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland. She is an actress, known for From Hell (2001), Waking Ned Devine (1998) and Nora (2000). She is married to Craig Parkinson. They have one child.

79. 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.

80. 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. Fiona Shaw

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Irish theater, television and film actress, Fiona Shaw was an already-formidable stage actress before she first dipped into on-screen acting making consecutive appearances in television. It wasn't until the mid '80s that director Jim Sheridan awarded the actress with a role in his film, My Left Foot...

Born in Cork.

82. Pierce Brosnan

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...

83. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

84. Daniel Craig

Actor | Casino Royale

One of the British theatre's most famous faces, Daniel Craig, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, has gone on to star as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and Bond 25 (2019).

He was born Daniel ...

James Bond

85. 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...

86. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

Legend of the Cinematography

87. Ian McKellen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (...

Gandalf and a dedicated activist

88. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

89. Daniel Radcliffe

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham (née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, ...

Harry Potter and just a talented actor

90. Josh Wood

A History of Violence

Josh Wood is a British actor and film producer. Born Joshua Edward Dylan Wood, he is the elder son of Susan Jane Wood and John Curle. His maternal blue-blooded family tree descends from Earls, Viscounts, Baronets and diplomats. Joshua is the third great-grandson of Charles Lindley Wood, 2nd ...

also a Producer

91. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to British parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years,...

92. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

Sean Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables (1987). His film career also includes such films as Marnie (1964), The Name of ...

James Bond

93. Roger Moore

Actor | Moonraker

Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.

Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...

James Bond

94. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

The Queen and one of the extraordinary actresses of all time

95. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

96. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

97. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

98. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

American dream

99. 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 ...

100. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actress | Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are ...



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