Irish stage actors

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  1. Stage actors from Northern Ireland

    Stage actors from Northern Ireland

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  2. Irish stage actresses

    Irish stage actresses

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  4. 18th-century Irish actors

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  5. 19th-century Irish actors

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  6. Irish male stage actors

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  7. Irish musical theatre actors

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  1. Olivia Wilde

    Olivia Wilde


    Olivia Wilde (born Olivia Jane Cockburn; March 10, 1984) is an American actress, producer, and activist. She is well known for her television role as Dr. Remy "Thirteen" Hadley on House (2007–12), and for her roles in Tron: Legacy (2010), Her (2013), Drinking Buddies (2013), Rush (2013), and her upcoming role in HBO's rock n roll drama, Vinyl (2016).

  2. Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender


    Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is a GermanIrish actor of stage and screen whose oeuvre includes roles in both independent and blockbuster films. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2006) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage productions, as well as starring roles on television such as in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001) and the Sky One fantasy drama Hex (2004–05). He first came to prominence for his biographical role as IRA activist Bobby Sands in the historical drama Hunger (2008), for which he won a British Independent Film Award for Best Actor. Subsequent roles included the independent film Fish Tank (2009), earning his second BIFA nomination; as a Royal Marines lieutenant in the Quentin Tarantino war film Inglourious Basterds (2009); as Edward Rochester in the 2011 film adaptation of Jane Eyre; as psychiatry innovator Carl Jung in historical drama A Dangerous Method (2011); as a sentient android in the Ridley Scott science fiction film Prometheus (2012); and in the musical dramedy Frank (2014) as the title character, an eccentric musician loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom.

  3. Maureen O'Hara

    Maureen O'Hara


    Maureen O'Hara (born Maureen FitzSimons; 17 August 1920 – 24 October 2015) was an Irish-American film actress and singer. She was first educated at the John Street West Girls' School near Thomas Street in Dublin's Liberties Area. From the ages of 6 to 17 she trained in drama, music and dance, and at the age of 10 joined the Rathmines Theatre Company and worked in amateur theatre in the evenings, after her lessons. The famously red-headed O'Hara was known for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne. Her autobiography, 'Tis Herself, was published in 2004 and was a New York Times Bestseller. She was one of the last living actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

  4. Stuart Townsend

    Stuart Townsend


    Stuart Peter Townsend (born 15 December 1972) is an Irish actor and director. His most notable portrayals are of the characters Lestat de Lioncourt in the 2002 film adaptation of Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned, and Dorian Gray in the 2003 film adaptation of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

  5. Daniel Day-Lewis

    Daniel Day-Lewis


    Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis (born 29 April 1957) is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. Born and raised in London, he excelled on stage at the National Youth Theatre, before being accepted at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, which he attended for three years. Despite his traditional actor training at the Bristol Old Vic, he is considered to be a method actor, known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He often remains completely in character for the duration of the shooting schedules of his films, even to the point of adversely affecting his health. He is one of the most selective actors in the film industry, having starred in only five films since 1998, with as many as five years between roles.

  6. Robert Sheehan

    Robert Sheehan


    Robert Michael Sheehan; (Irish: Roibeárd Mícheál Ó Siodhacháin; born 7 January 1988) is an Irish actor. He is best known for television roles such as Nathan Young in Misfits and Darren in Love/Hate, as well as the 2009 film Cherrybomb alongside Rupert Grint. He has also co-starred in the film Killing Bono, alongside Ben Barnes, as Ivan McCormick. In late 2011 he starred in John Crowley's production of J. M. Synge's comic play The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

  7. Cillian Murphy

    Cillian Murphy


    Cillian Murphy (/ˈkɪliən/; born 25 May 1976) 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 cinema—noted by critics for his performances in a wide range of roles.

  8. Peter O'Toole

    Peter O'Toole


    Peter Seamus O'Toole (ˈtl; 2 August 1932 – 14 December 2013) was a British-Irish stage and film actor. 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.

  9. Aidan Gillen

    Aidan Gillen


    Aidan Gillen (/ˈɡɪlɛn/; born Aidan Murphy; 24 April 1968) is an Irish actor. He is best known for portraying CIA in The Dark Knight Rises, Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish in the HBO series Game of Thrones, Stuart Alan Jones in the Channel 4 series Queer as Folk, John Boy in the RTÉ Television series Love/Hate, and Tommy Carcetti in the HBO series The Wire.

  10. Colin O'Donoghue

    Colin O'Donoghue


    Colin O'Donoghue (born 26 January 1981) is an Irish actor and musician known for his role as Captain Killian "Hook" Jones on the TV show Once Upon a Time, and his role as Michael Kovak in The Rite.

  11. Fiona Shaw

    Fiona Shaw


    Fiona Mary Shaw, CBE (born Fiona Wilson; 10 July 1958) is an Irish actress and theatre and opera director, known for her role as Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter films and her role as Marnie Stonebrook in season four of the HBO series True Blood (2011). She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, twice winning the Olivier Award for Best Actress; for various roles including Electra in 1990, and for Machinal in 1994. She won the 1997 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance for The Waste Land. Her other stage work includes playing the title role in Medea, both in the West End and on Broadway (2001–02). She was awarded an Honorary CBE in 2001.

  12. Elaine Cassidy

    Elaine Cassidy


    Elaine Cassidy (born 31 December 1979) is an Irish actress and is best known for playing the lead character Abby Mills in the American CBS TV series Harper's Island, Felicia in Felicia's Journey opposite Bob Hoskins, Runt in Disco Pigs opposite Cillian Murphy, Lydia in The Others, and Katherine Glendenning in The Paradise.

  13. Sinéad Cusack

    Sinéad Cusack


    Sinéad Moira Cusack (/ʃɨˈnd/; born 18 February 1948) is an Irish stage, television and film actress. Her first acting roles were at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, before moving to London in 1975 to join the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has received two Tony Award nominations: once for Best Leading Actress in Much Ado About Nothing (1985), and again for Best Featured Actress in Rock 'n' Roll (2008).

  14. Richard Harris

    Richard Harris


    Richard St John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical and song producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot and the subsequent 1981 revival of the show. He played an aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's Western film Unforgiven (1992), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), and Albus Dumbledore in both Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Harris had a top ten hit in the UK and the U.S. with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb's song "MacArthur Park".

  15. Allen Leech

    Allen Leech


    Allen Leech (born 18 May 1981), and known in his early career by his birth name Alan Leech, is an Irish stage, television and film actor. A native of Killiney, Leech made his professional acting debut with a small part in a 1998 production of A Streetcar Named Desire. He made his first major film appearance as Vincent Cusack in Cowboys & Angels and earned an Irish Film & Television Awards nomination in 2004 with his performance as Mo Chara in Man About Dog. Leech came to international attention as Marcus Agrippa on the HBO historical drama Rome and is best known for his role as Tom Branson on the costume drama Downton Abbey.

  16. Geraldine Fitzgerald

    Geraldine Fitzgerald


    Geraldine Mary Fitzgerald (November 24, 1913 – July 17, 2005) was an Irish-American actress and a member of the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

  17. Brendan O'Carroll

    Brendan O'Carroll


    Brendan O'Carroll (born 15 September 1955) is an Irish writer, producer, comedian, actor, and director, best known for portraying foul-mouthed matriarch Agnes Brown in the BBC television sitcom, Mrs. Brown's Boys.

  18. Orla Brady

    Orla Brady


    Orla Brady (born 28 March 1961) is an Irish actress.

  19. Stephen Gately

    Stephen Gately


  20. Ciarán Hinds

    Ciarán Hinds


    Ciarán Hinds (/ˈkɪərɔːn ˈhndz/ KEER-awn HYNDZ; born 9 February 1953) is an Irish film, television and stage actor. He has built a reputation as a versatile character actor appearing in such high-profile films as Road to Perdition, The Phantom of the Opera, Munich, There Will Be Blood, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, The Woman in Black, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and Frozen.

  21. Genevieve O'Reilly

    Genevieve O'Reilly


    Genevieve O'Reilly (born January 6, 1977) is an Irish actress who has worked in both the United Kingdom and Australia.

  22. Kate O'Toole

    Kate O'Toole


    Kate O'Toole (born 26 February 1960) is an Anglo-Irish actress. She is the daughter of actors Peter O'Toole and Siân Phillips.

  23. Ruth Negga

    Ruth Negga


    Ruth Negga (born 1982) is an Ethiopian-Irish actress known for her appearances in films such as Capital Letters (2004) (also released as Trafficked in some countries), Isolation (2005) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005), in the BBC mini-series Criminal Justice, RTÉ's Love/Hate, E4's Misfits, and ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  24. Michael Gambon

    Michael Gambon


    Sir Michael John Gambon CBE (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film. Gambon has played Philip Marlow in the BBC television serial The Singing Detective, Jules Maigret in the 1990s ITV serial Maigret, and Professor Albus Dumbledore in the last six Harry Potter films after the death of actor Richard Harris.

  25. Paudge Behan

    Paudge Behan


    Paudge Rodger Behan (/ˈpɔː ˈrɒər ˈbən/ PAWJ ROJ-ər-BEE-ən; born January 1965) is an Irish actor and writer. The son of IRA Chief of Staff Cathal Goulding and Beatrice ffrench-Salkeld, the widow of playwright Brendan Behan, Paudge Behan worked briefly as a journalist for a Dublin newspaper before turning to acting. After a series of minor film and television roles in the 1990s, he was handpicked by English novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford to appear as the male lead in a 1999 dramatisation of her book A Secret Affair (1996).

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