Irish Celebrities

by redzerrules07 | created - 18 Apr 2015 | updated - 15 Apr 2017 | Public

A list of the celebrities that come from Ireland

1. Liam Neeson

Actor | Kinsey

Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. He was raised in a Catholic household. During his early years, Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, a truck driver, an assistant architect and an ...

Oscar Nominee "Best Actor"for his role as Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List (1993). He also starred in Stars Wars Episode 1(1999) , Batman Begins (2005) and for the Taken Trilogy.

2. 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 ...

Golden Globe winner for his role in In Bruges (2009). His known for his role in S.W.A.T (2003), Total Recall (2012), Horrible Bosses (2011) , Miami Vice (2006) and Saving Mr.Banks (2013).

Set to appear in HBO'S tv show True Detective

3. 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 ...

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes for his roles In Bruges (2009), Into the Storm (2010) and "The Guard (2012)

His has also appeared in movies such as Harry Potter, Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Troy (2004), Gangs of New York (2002) and Brave heart (1995).

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 ...

Golden Globe Nominee for his role in Breakfast on Pluto (2006). Known for his roles in Inception (2010), Dark Knight (2008) , Batman Begins (2005) and 28 Weeks Later (2002).

5. 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. ...

Oscar Nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in 12 Years a Slave (2013).

Also known for his roles in Inglorious Basterds (2009), Promentheus (2012), X-Men: First Class (2011) and 12 Years a Slave (2013)

6. 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 ...

Oscar nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in Atonement (2007)

Also known for her roles in Hanna (2011), The Grand Budapest (2014) and The Lovely Bones (2009)

7. Ruth Negga

Actress | Loving

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

Known for her roles in World War Z (2013) and Breakfast In Pluto (2006).

Is also starring in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Raina

8. 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 ...

Known for her roles In America (2002), The Spider wick Chronicles (2008), Stormbreaker (2006) staring as Aurora in ABC'S Once Upon A Time.

9. 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 ...

Known for his role in About Time (2013), Harry Potter, Unbroken (2014) and True Grit (2010).

Son Of Brendan Gleeson

10. Jack Gleeson

Actor | Game of Thrones

Jack Gleeson was born on May 20, 1992 in Cork, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Game of Thrones (2011), Batman Begins (2005) and A Shine of Rainbows (2009).

Known for his role In HBO'S Game of Thrones as Joffrey Baratheon

11. Jamie Dornan

Actor | The Fall

Jamie Dornan was born on May 1, 1982 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as James Dornan. He is an actor, known for The Fall (2013), A Private War (2018) and Anthropoid (2016). He has been married to Amelia Warner since April 27, 2013. They have three children.

BAFTA Nominee for his role in the Tv Series The Fall. Also known for his role as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015), Marie Antoinette (2006) and for his role in ABC'S Once Upon a Time as Sheriff Graham.

12. Colin O'Donoghue

Actor | The Rite

O'Donoghue was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, 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 ...

Known for his role in The Rite (2011) and for his Role in ABC'S Once Upon a Time as Captain Hook.

13. 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 ...

BAFTA Nominee for his role in Queer as Folk(TV series 1999-2000). Also known for his role in The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and for his role in HBO'S The Game of Thrones .

14. Michelle Fairley

Actress | Game of Thrones

Michelle was born in July 1965, the second child of publican Brian and nurse Theresa Fairley. As a teenager she attended the Ulster Youth Theatre before moving to Belfast , where she was a member of Fringe Benefit, a repertory company where she acted alongside Conleth Hill, with whom she would ...

15. Fiona Shaw

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Shaw was already an acknowledged stage actress before she made a name for herself in television and film. It wasn't until the mid 1980s that director Jim Sheridan awarded her a role in his film My Left Foot (1989); the biographical film of Christy Brown, an Irishman confined to a body horribly ...

16. 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.

17. Victoria Smurfit

Actress | Bulletproof Monk

Victoria Smurfit was born on March 31, 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress and producer, known for Bulletproof Monk (2003), The Beach (2000) and About a Boy (2002). She was previously married to Douglas Baxter.

18. 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.

19. 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 ...

20. Sharon Horgan

Actress | Catastrophe

Sharon Horgan was born on July 13, 1970 in Hackney, London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Catastrophe (2015), Pulling (2006) and Imagine Me & You (2005). She has been married to Jeremy Rainbird since October 16, 2006. They have two children.

21. 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 ...

22. 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 ...

23. Robert Sheehan

Actor | The Umbrella Academy

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 ...

24. 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...

25. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Actor | Den 12. mann

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Meyers 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, leaving...

26. 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 ...

27. Andrew Scott

Actor | Pride

Andrew Scott was born in Dublin, Ireland, the middle child with two sisters, in a financially comfortable home which allowed his parents, Jim and Nora, to send him to a private Catholic school for boys. He started acting as a child when he was in commercials on Irish TV, then was chosen from his ...

28. 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 ...

29. 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 ...

30. Richard Harris

Actor | Gladiator

Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...

31. 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...

32. Roma Downey

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Roma was raised in Derry, then went to the Brighton Art College in England where she received her bachelor's. After that, she attended the London Drama Studio, where she was awarded Most Promising Student of the Year when she graduated. Roma was nominated for the Helen Hayes Best Actress Award in ...

33. 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 ...

34. 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 "...

35. 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).

36. Katie McGrath

Actress | Jurassic World

Irish actress Katie McGrath did not intend to make a career for herself in the acting profession, studying History at Trinity College, Dublin. Upon graduating, she became interested in fashion journalism and worked for lifestyle and fashion magazine, Image. After this, her mother's best friend, an ...

37. 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 ...

38. 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 ...

39. Jason O'Mara

Actor | The Man in the High Castle

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 ...

40. 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 ...

41. Colin Morgan

Actor | Legend

Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish film, television, theater and radio actor who attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and ...

42. 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 ...

43. 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...

44. 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).

45. 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 Stealing Beauty (1996). She has been married to Jeremy Irons since March 28, 1978. They have two children.

46. Orla Brady

Actress | Sinbad

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...

47. 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 Days (2013), The Other Side of Sleep (2011) and Kelly + Victor (2012).

48. 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 ...

49. 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), Moonlight on the Water and The Glee Project (2011).

50. 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...

51. Hozier

Soundtrack | The Legend of Tarzan

Hozier was born on March 17, 1990 in Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland as Andrew Hozier-Byrne.

52. Niall Horan

Soundtrack | Blockers

Niall James Horan was born on September 13th, 1993, in Westmeath, Mullingar (St. Luke's Hospital). He has one older brother, Greg Horan. His parents are Maura Gallagher and Bobby Horan. His parents divorced when he was five and he lived a few years between each homes, until he chose to live with ...

53. 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.

54. Bono

Soundtrack | Across the Universe

Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics ...

55. The Edge

Soundtrack | Gangs of New York

One of the most instantly recognizable and influential guitarists in rock history, The Edge was born David Howell Evans, in Barking, Essex, in 1961. When he was two years old the family moved to Dublin. During his childhood he learned how to play the guitar and the piano. In 1978, the Edge became ...

56. 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 ...

57. 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 ...

58. Deirdre O'Kane

Actress | Boy Eats Girl

Deirdre O'Kane was born in 1970 in Dundalk, Ireland. She is an actress and casting director, known for Boy Eats Girl (2005), Moone Boy (2012) and Noble (2014). She is married to Stephen Bradley.

59. Sarah Greene

Actress | Rosie

Sarah is originally from Cork and trained in Dublin where she graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2006.

Sarah played Helen McCormick (Slippy Helen) opposite Daniel Radcliffe as Billy Claven in Martin McDonaghs's The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Michael Grandage at the Cort Theatre on ...

60. Eve Hewson

Actress | Robin Hood

Memphis Eve Sunny Day Hewson, known professionally as Eve Hewson, is an Irish actress. Her first major role was in the drama film This Must Be the Place (2011). She played Nurse Lucy Elkins in Steven Soderbergh's TV series The Knick (2014-2015).

Hewson was born in Dublin, the second daughter of ...

61. Amy Huberman

Actress | Striking Out

Amy Huberman was born on March 20, 1979 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress and writer, known for Striking Out (2017), Threesome (2011) and Moone Boy (2012). She has been married to Brian O'Driscoll since July 2, 2010. They have two children.

62. Sinead Keenan

Actress | Little Boy Blue

Sinead Keenan was born on December 27, 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Little Boy Blue (2017), Doctor Who (2005) and Being Human (2008).

63. 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.

64. Pauline McLynn

Actress | Father Ted

She is the eldest of three children. Her mother is an art teacher and painter, and her father is a car parts salesman. She went to Trinity College at Dublin University, where she studied the History of Art, and English Literature. She began acting at school and continued it at University.

65. Cindy O'Callaghan

Actress | Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Cindy O'Callaghan was born in 1956 in Ireland. She is an actress, known for Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), Fox (1980) and EastEnders (1985).

66. Peter McDonald

Actor | The Stag

Peter McDonald was born on January 28, 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for The Bachelor Weekend (2013), The Damned United (2009) and Pentecost (2011).

67. Ruth Bradley

Actress | Grabbers

Ruth Bradley was born on January 24, 1987 in Dublin, Ireland. She is known for her work on Grabbers (2012), Flyboys (2006) and Pursuit (2015).

68. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor

Actor | Avengers: Infinity War

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor was born in 1977 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Becoming Jane (2007). He has been married to Claire Cox since September 5, 2010. They have one child.

69. Siobhan Fahey

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Siobhan Fahey was born on September 10, 1958 in Dublin, Ireland as Siobhan Máire Deirdre Fahey. She was previously married to David A. Stewart.

70. Eva Birthistle

Actress | Imagine Me & You

Eva Birthistle was born in 1974 in Dublin, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Imagine Me & You (2005), Brooklyn (2015) and Ae Fond Kiss... (2004).

71. Nora-Jane Noone

Actress | The Descent

Nora-Jane Noone was born on March 8, 1984 in Galway, Ireland. She is an actress, known for The Descent (2005), The Magdalene Sisters (2002) and Brooklyn (2015).

72. Geraldine Somerville

Actress | Gosford Park

Geraldine Somerville was born in Dublin. She lived in Co. Meath until she was six, when her parents moved to the Isle of Man. Geraldine went to dance classes from the age of 6 and, at the age of 8, she attended the Arts Educational School in Tring, Hertfordshire. There, she was taught ballet, music...

73. Caitriona Balfe

Actress | Escape Plan

Caitriona Balfe was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in the village of Tydavnet, in County Monaghan. She started modeling at the age of 19 after she was scouted by an agent while she was collecting money for charity at a local mall. She has both walked the runway and been featured in ...

74. Gerard Barrett

Director | Glassland

After school Barrett attended Tralee IT where he studied Film, TV and Media. Also worked and trained in Radio with Kerry Radio.

Barrett won the IFTA Rising Star Award at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards in Dublin for his debut feature 'Pilgrim Hill'. Previous winners of the award include...

75. Jim Sheridan

Producer | In America

Jim Sheridan is a master story-teller, and an acclaimed film director of few films, but good films nevertheless.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1949, Sheridan moved to America in 1982, meeting a man who invited him to run the Irish Arts Center. He found a place to live in Hell's Kitchen, New York City,...

76. John Carney

Director | Sing Street

John Carney was born in 1972 in Dublin, Ireland. He is a director and writer, known for Sing Street (2016), Once (2007) and Begin Again (2013).

77. 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 ...

78. Sara Allgood

Actress | How Green Was My Valley

Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish ...

79. Emma Donoghue

Writer | Room

Emma Donoghue is a writer and producer, known for Room (2015), Immaculate Conceptions: Inside a Lesbian Baby Boom (2007) and The Wonder.

80. Lenny Abrahamson

Director | Room

Lenny Abrahamson was born in Dublin in 1966. He studied physics and philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. While at university he directed short videos with the Trinity Video Society, which he co-founded with Ed Guiney. He graduated in 1991 with first class honours (gold medal). His first short film...

81. Genevieve O'Reilly

Actress | Rogue One

Genevieve O'Reilly (born 6 January 1977) is an Irish actress known for her work in the Star Wars franchise as Mon Mothma, having portrayed the character in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One, as well as her voice role as Moira in Overwatch.

In television, O'Reilly's first appearance was in...

82. Cedric Gibbons

Art_director | An American in Paris

After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, ...

83. 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.

84. 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 ...

85. Siobhan McKenna

Actress | Doctor Zhivago

Siobhan McKenna was born on May 24, 1923 in Belfast, Northern Ireland as Siobhan Giollamhuire Mac Cionnaith. She was an actress, known for Doctor Zhivago (1965), King of Kings (1961) and Of Human Bondage (1964). She was married to Denis O'Dea. She died on November 16, 1986 in Dublin, Ireland.

86. Aisling Bea

Actress | This Way Up

Aisling Bea is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer from Kildare in Ireland where she was born on March 16 1984. She won the 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian. She trained at LAMDA (The London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art). In 2012 she won the Gilded Balloon So You Think...

87. Charlene McKenna

Actress | Raw

Charlene McKenna was born on March 26, 1984 in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland. She is an actress, known for Raw (2008), Ripper Street (2012) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005).

88. Jennifer Gibney

Actress | Mrs. Brown's Boys: The Original Series

Jennifer Gibney is an actress and director, known for Mrs. Brown's Boys: The Original Series (2002), Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011) and D' Mrs. Brown's Boys Movie (2014). She has been married to Brendan O'Carroll since August 1, 2005.

89. Brendan O'Carroll

Actor | Mrs. Brown's Boys

Brendan O'Carroll was born on September 15, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011), D' Mrs. Brown's Boys Movie (2014) and Mrs. Brown's Boys: The Original Series (2002). He has been married to Jennifer Gibney since August 1, 2005. He was previously ...

90. Jack Reynor

Actor | Glassland

Jack Reynor was born on 23 January, 1992, in Longmont, Colorado, to an Irish mother. He moved to County Wicklow, Ireland, when he was two, and was raised there. In early 2010, Jack was cast in Kirsten Sheridan's Dollhouse (2012) which debuted at Berlinale 2012. In late 2011 he played the title role...

91. Elaine Cassidy

Actress | Disco Pigs

Elaine Cassidy was born on December 31, 1979 in Kilcoole, County Wicklow, Ireland. She is an actress and producer, known for Disco Pigs (2001), The Others (2001) and Fingersmith (2005). She has been married to Stephen Lord since December 31, 2007. They have two children.

92. Art Parkinson

Actor | Kubo and the Two Strings

Art Parkinson was born on October 19, 2001 in Moville, County Donegal, Ireland. He is an actor, known for Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), San Andreas (2015) and Dracula Untold (2014).

93. Orla O'Rourke

Actress | Calvary

Orla was born in Zambia to Irish parents and at the age of 5 moved back to Ireland where her mother made sure she did every conceivable activity from studying three instruments to ballet and gymnastics.

At 13 she discovered drama school and at 16 performed in her first professional theatre ...

94. Anabel Sweeney

Actress | Calvary

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

95. Eileen Walsh

Actress | The Magdalene Sisters

Eileen Walsh was born in 1977 in Cork, Ireland. She is an actress, known for The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Nicholas Nickleby (2002) and Eden (2008). She has been married to Stuart McCaffer since 2003.

96. Patrick Gibson

Actor | The OA

Patrick Gibson is an actor, known for The OA (2016), Guerrilla (2017) and What Richard Did (2012).

97. Susan Ateh

Actress | $50K and a Call Girl: A Love Story

Susan is a self proclaimed 'mish mash of continents'. Her mother hails from Ireland in Europe and her father from Cameroon in West Africa. Adding to her truly international flavour, her early schooling was in the French education system followed by High School and further study at 'The Conservatory...



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