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17 Irish Actors And Actresses

This list shows the talent pouring out from the Emerald Isle.

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1. Liam Neeson

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Born: Ballymena, County Antrim

Best Known For: Love Actually, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Gangs of New York and Taken.

2. Pierce Brosnan

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Born: Drogheda, County Louth

Best Known For: Remington Steele, The Thomas Crown Affair, playing James Bond in a couple of films and unfortunately, Mamma Mia.

3. Colin Farrell

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Born: Dublin, County Dublin

Best Known For: Ballykissangel, S.W.A.T., Miami Vice and Horrible Bosses.

4. Kenneth Branagh

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Born: Belfast, County Antrim

Best Known For: Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart) and My Week With Marilyn.

5. Evanna Lynch

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Born: Termonfeckin, County Louth

Best Known For: Playing Luna Lovegood in the "Harry Potter" series.

6. Peter O'Toole

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Born: Connemara, County Galway

Died: December 2013


Best Known For:
Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter and My Favourite Year.

7. Stuart Townsend

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Born: Howth, County Dublin

Best Known For: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, About Adam and Betrayal.

8. Saoirse Ronan

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Born: New York City (both parents are Irish, moved to County Carlow at 3 years old)

Best Known For: The Lovely Bones, Hanna, The Host and Atonement.

9. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

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Born: Dublin, County Dublin

Best Known For: Bend It Like Beckham, Vanity Fair, Match Point, The Tudors and Dracula.

10. Michael Fassbender

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Born: Hiedelberg, West Germany (mother from County Antrim, moved to Killarney, Co. Kerry at 2 years old)

Best Known For: Band of Brothers, 300, Inglorious Basterds and 12 Years A Slave.

11. Daniel Day-Lewis

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Born: London, England (has Irish citizenship, father was Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis)

Best Known For: The Last Of The Mohicans, The Boxer, Gangs Of New York, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.

12. Maureen O'Hara

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Born: Ranelagh, County Dublin

Best Known For: Miracle On 34th Street, The Parent Trap, The Quiet Man and How Green Was My Valley.

13. Michael Gambon

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Born: Dublin, County Dublin

Best Known For: Sleepy Hollow, Wives And Daughters, Endgame, Gosford Park, The King's Speech and Dumbledore in Harry Potter movies 3-8.

14. Robert Sheehan

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Born: Portlaoise, County Laois

Best Known For: Misfits, Cherrybomb, Season Of The Witch, and The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.

15. Sarah Bolger

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Born: Dublin, County Dublin

Best Known For: In America, The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Tudors and Once Upon A Time.

16. Brendan Gleeson

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Born: Dublin, County Dublin

Best Known For: Troy, Braveheart, Gangs Of New York and Harry Potter series (Professor 'MadEye' Moody).

17. Cillian Murphy

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Born: Douglas, County Cork

Best Known For: Cold Mountain, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception and Red Eye.

BONUS: Jamie Dornan

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Born: Belfast, County Antrim

Best Known For: Marie Antoinette, Shadows In The Sun, Once Upon A Time and soon to be 50 Shades Of Grey.

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