Irish Actors & Directors

by Patrickmind | created - 01 Feb 2015 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

1. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym 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 ...

2. 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 Trapped (2008).

3. 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 ...

4. Colin Farrell

Actor | The Lobster

Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's biggest stars in Hollywood and abroad. 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 was born on ...

5. Ciarán Hinds

Actor | The Woman in Black

Ciarán 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 Ciarán 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 ...

6. Anabel Sweeney

Actress | Calvary

Anabel Sweeney is an actress, known for Calvary (2014), The Legend of Longwood (2014) and Nelly & Nora (2015).

7. Bob Quinn

Director | Poitín

Bob Quinn was born in 1939 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a director and writer, known for Poitín (1978), The Bishop's Story (1994) and Budawanny (1987).

8. Moe Dunford

Actor | Vikings

Moe Dunford is an actor, known for Vikings (2013), Patrick's Day (2014) and The Dig (2018).

9. 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 Speed Dating (2007).

10. Fiona Glascott

Actress | Resident Evil

Fiona Glascott was born on November 22, 1982 in Waterford, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Resident Evil (2002), Brooklyn (2015) and This Is My Father (1998).

11. 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 ...

12. 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).

13. Catherine Walker

Actress | A Dark Song

Catherine Walker was born in 1975 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for A Dark Song (2016), Leap Year (2010) and Patrick's Day (2014).

14. 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. ...

15. 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.

16. Pádraic Delaney

Actor | The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Pádraic was born on November 6th 1977 in County Wexford, Ireland. He studied at Trinity College Dublin and graduated in 2001. His first film, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006. He is also known for The Tudors (2008), Blackthorn (2011) and ...

17. William Ruane

Actor | Sweet Sixteen

William was given his breakthrough at 16 years old by award-winning British director Ken Loach in Sweet Sixteen where he plays Pinball. Ruane has gone on to work with Loach in 3 other films, Tickets, The Wind That Shakes The Barley (winner of the 2006 palme d'or) and The Angels' Share, (winner of ...

18. Aidan Quinn

Actor | Benny & Joon

Aidan Quinn was born on March 8, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Aidan T. Quinn. He is an actor, known for Benny & Joon (1993), Practical Magic (1998) and Flipped (2010). He has been married to Elizabeth Bracco since September 1, 1987. They have two children.

19. Anne-Marie Duff

Actress | Nowhere Boy

Anne-Marie Duff is an English actress, born on 8 October 1970 in Southall, London. Her parents, Brendan and Mary (née Doherty), are from Donegal, Ireland. Her father worked as a painter and decorator and her mother worked in a shoe shop.

She first came to the attention of the British public for her ...

20. 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 ...

21. John Lynch

Actor | The Secret Garden

John Lynch was born on December 26, 1961 in Corrinshego, Newry, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Secret Garden (1993), Black Death (2010) and Best (2000). He was previously married to Mary McGuckian.

22. Donal McCann

Actor | The Dead

Donal McCann was born on May 7, 1943 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Dead (1987), Stealing Beauty (1996) and Out of Africa (1985). He died on July 17, 1999 in Dublin.

23. Ken Loach

Director | I, Daniel Blake

Unlike virtually all his contemporaries, Ken Loach has never succumbed to the siren call of Hollywood, and it's virtually impossible to imagine his particular brand of British socialist realism translating well to that context. After studying law at St. Peter's College, Oxford, he branched out into...

24. Ardal O'Hanlon

Actor | Father Ted

Ardal O'Hanlon was born on October 8, 1965 in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Father Ted (1995), My Hero (2000) and Val Falvey TD (2009). He is married to Melanie. They have three children.

25. Jimmy Keogh

Actor | Far and Away

Jimmy Keogh was an actor, known for Far and Away (1992), Braveheart (1995) and Bloom (2003). He died in 2003 in Ireland.

26. Neil Jordan

Writer | The Crying Game

Neil Jordan was born on February 25, 1950 in Sligo, Ireland. He is a writer and producer, known for The Crying Game (1992), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Brenda Rawn since June 30, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Vivienne ...

27. Kerry Condon

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Kerry Condon was born on January 4, 1983 in Tipperary, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Better Call Saul (2015).

28. 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.

29. Tara Lee

Tara Lee is an actress, known for A Date for Mad Mary (2016), Moon Dogs (2016) and The Fall (2013).

30. Seána Kerslake

Actress | Can't Cope, Won't Cope

Seána Kerslake is an actress, known for Can't Cope, Won't Cope (2016), A Date for Mad Mary (2016) and Dollhouse (2012).

31. Alex Murphy

Actor | The Young Offenders

Alex Murphy is an actor, known for The Young Offenders (2016) and The Young Offenders (2018).

32. Chris Walley

Actor | The Young Offenders

Chris Walley is an actor, known for The Young Offenders (2016), The Young Offenders (2018) and 1917 (2019).

33. Pat Shortt

Actor | Killinaskully

Pat Shortt was born on December 12, 1966 in Co. Tipperary, Ireland as Patrick Shortt. He is an actor and writer, known for Killinaskully (2003), The Guard (2011) and Garage (2007). He is married to Caroline Shortt. They have two children.

34. Tina Kellegher

Actress | Ballykissangel

Tina Kellegher was born in 1967 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Ballykissangel (1996), In the Name of the Father (1993) and Showbands (2005). She has been married to Gordon Wycherley since November 1997. They have two children.

35. 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), Layer Cake (2004) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). He has been married to Ines Glorian since March 15, 2007. He was previously married to Bairbre Dowling.

36. 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 ...

37. Jessica Paré

Actress | Wicker Park

Jessica Paré first turned heads in Stardom (2000), broke our hearts in Lost and Delirious (2001), played the catalyst for karmic intervention in Bollywood/Hollywood (2002) and, somehow, pulled off being a secret villain in Posers (2002). She then went onto made-for-TV movies, starting with a small ...

38. Dara Devaney

Actor | An Klondike

Dara Devaney is an actor, known for An Klondike (2015), An Bronntanas (2014) and Corp & Anam (2011).



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