Irish actors on the silver screen

For such a small country, Ireland has produced a surprising number of leading Hollywood actors who’ve appeared in numerous Oscar winning films. Here is a small selection of them:


Photo Copyright - Siebbi CC3Pierce Brosnan


James Bond actor from Drogheda.


Gabriel Byrne. Photo Copyright Ian Smith CC2Gabriel Byrne


Star of Millar’s Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Spider and End of Days.


Colin Farrell. Photo Copyright - Tabercil CC2Colin Farrell


Star of Phone Booth, Minority Report, In Bruges, Miami Vice.


Brenda Fricker. Photo Copyright - Alan Light CC2Brenda Fricker


Stumbled into an acting career before winning an Oscar.


Richard HarrisRichard Harris


Well known as a fast-living, fun-loving man – living life to the full.


Cillian Murphy. Photo Copyright - Tom Sorensen CC3Cillian Murphy


Star of 28 Days Later, Inception, Batman Begins, Breakfast in Pluto.


Liam Neeson. Photo Copyright - Karen Seto CC2Liam Neeson


Star of Schindler’s List, Gangs of New York, Taken, Michael Collins.


Maureen O'HaraMaureen O’Hara


Star of The Quiet Man and Irish national treasure.


Saoirse Ronan. Photo copyright - gdcgraphics CC2Saoirse Ronan


Star of Atonement, The Lovely Bones, The Way Back, Hanna.

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