Top 10 Best Irish Actors

Ireland has long been known for its rich cultural heritage, with a legacy of literature, music, and the arts that has captivated audiences around the world. One area where Ireland has truly shone is in the field of acting, producing some of the most talented and celebrated performers in history. From stage to screen, these Irish actors have brought their unique style and charisma to a wide range of roles, captivating audiences with their talent and leaving a lasting impact on the world of entertainment.

In this top ten list, let's explore the best Irish actors of all time, from legends of the golden age of Hollywood to modern-day stars who continue to dazzle audiences with their incredible performances. These actors have not only made a name for themselves in Ireland, but have also left an indelible mark on the international stage, demonstrating the enduring appeal and influence of Irish talent.
The Top Ten
1 Jonathan Rhys Myers Jonathan Rhys Meyers, born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keeffe (27 July 1977) is an Irish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Match Point (2005), Mission Impossible III (2006) and his television roles as Elvis Presley in the biographical... read more

He is just The Genius! Jonny is the only actor in the world who has such a powerful gift of reincarnation. Thank you, Ireland, for Jonathan! Sorry for terrible English, from Moscow with love.

2 Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.

Liam Neeson needs some serious recognition. He is such an epic person. Such an epic actor. Taken is epic. Schindler's List is epic. Batman is epic. This guy is just epic.

Very underrated actor! I cannot forget Schindler's List and his recent Taken. Truly entertaining to watch!

Vote for him... or he will find you.

3 Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor and film producer who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration.
4 Colin Farrell Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor. A leading man in blockbusters and independent films since the 2000s, he has received various awards and nominations, including two Golden Globe Awards and a nomination for an Academy Award.
5 Cillian Murphy Cillian Murphy is an Irish actor of stage and screen. Since making his debut in his home country in the late 1990s, Murphy has also become a presence in British and American cinemas noted by critics for his performances in a wide range of roles.

Don't even get me started. He's a brilliant, underrated actor. He can disappear into a role and wow you. A transvestite, split personality, zombie killer, psychotic doctor, terrorist (Red Eye), a scientist, a film-noir buff, an illusionist, or whatever in Red Lights.

I also love that he isn't HOLLYWOOD! You don't see scandals about him in the news, and he keeps his personal life very separate. When asked about his family, he ignores and doesn't say a thing. He plays truly dynamic characters, and no one else could play them except for him.

6 Colin Morgan

He is my favorite actor and he is the BEST. Though I am interested in acting, I am going to be a doctor, but he was, is, and always will be my idol I talk so much about. For once in a lifetime, if I'd get to meet him, that's all I ever need. I adore him a lot, and I hope you guys do too!

He's so cute, handsome, hot, sexy, and I love him. He's also really mesmerizing. And he's honestly a great guy. He has a great personality. He's kind, caring, brave, lovely, and he's all the positive words I can think of. I'm really looking forward to meeting him one day. He's really sweet too. His eyes are so hot.

Many people like those rough, tough, save-the-world kinds of men, but this guy is really more, more cool than that. Don't anybody try to blame him, alright? Because he has magic. Just kidding!

I just wanted to request you all something, please VOTE THIS NICE PERSON TO COME TO THE TOP 10!

I can praise him all day, but I think I'll stop now. At last, I just wish Colin forever-lasting peace and happiness. He deserves the best! I hope he'll get everything he wants and that he'll succeed every time!

7 Gabriel Byrne
8 Stephen Rea

I was torn between Byrne and Rea because I adore both. They have that certain something, I don't know what it is. Obviously being Spanish, I find their Irishness incredibly attractive, but there's something more.

They're both extraordinary actors. They're acting monsters. But this time I'm going to give my point to Stephen because I think he is less known and he deserves better.

9 Colin O'Donoghue
10 Stuart Townsend
The Contenders
11 Chris O'Dowd
12 Richard Harris Richard Harris was a British television writer, most active from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. He writes primarily for the crime and detective genres, having contributed episodes of series like The Avengers, The Saint, The Sweeney, Armchair Mystery Theatre, and Target.
13 Ciaran Hinds
14 Daniel Day Lewis Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has won 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor for My Left Foot, There Will be Blood, and Lincoln.
15 Brendan Gleeson
16 Niall MacGinnis
17 Peter O'Toole Peter James O'Toole was a British stage and film actor of Irish descent. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began working in the theatre, gaining recognition as a Shakespearean actor at the Bristol Old Vic and with the English Stage Company before making his film debut in 1959.
18 Michael Gambon Sir Michael John Gambon is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film.
19 Jamie Dornan James Dornan (born 1 May 1982) is an actor, model, and musician from Northern Ireland. He played Sheriff Graham Humbert in the ABC series Once Upon a Time (2011–2013), and serial killer Paul Spector in the BBC Two and RTÉ One crime drama series The Fall (2013–2016), the latter of which won him... read more
20 Paul Mescal
21 Barry Keoghan
22 Kenneth Brannagh
23 Colm Meaney
24 Mick Lally
25 Patrick Bergin Patrick Connolly Bergin (born February 4, 1951) is an Irish actor. His film appearances include Mountains of the Moon, Sleeping with the Enemy, Patriot Games, Map of the Human Heart, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, Eye of the Beholder and Ella Enchanted among many others.
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