Here's our list (so far!) of actresses and actors born in Ireland together with when and where they were born and a selection of films or TV programes they appeared in. If you have any others not listed here, please go to our CONTACT page and let us know so that we can add them here.
BERGIN Patrick (b. 4 February 1951 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Robin Hood (1991), Patriot Games (1992), When the Sky Falls (2000), Connolly (2008) etc.
BRANAGH Keneth (b. 10 December 1960 ~ Belfast) FILMS: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994), The Gingerbread man (1998), Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secretes (2002) etc.
BRAMBELL Wilfred (1912-1985 b. Dublin) FILMS: A Hard Day's Night (1964), The 39 Steps (1935) etc. He is probably best known as the father in the TV sitcom, Steptoe and Son
BROSNAN Pierce (b. 16 May 1953 ~ Drogheda, County Louth) FILMS: Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Dante's Peak (1997), The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) etc. He also played James Bond four times: Golden Eye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999), Die Another Day (2002) etc.
BYRNE Gabriel (b. 12 May 1950 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Excalibur (1981), The Usual Suspects (1995), Stigmata (1999), Assault on Precinct 13 (2004), End of Days (1999) etc.
CUNNINGHAM Liam (b. 2 June 1961 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Into the West (1992), The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) etc.
CUSACK Sinead (b. 18 February 1948 ~ Dalkey, County Dublin) FILMS: Hoffman (1970), V for Vendetta (2006) etc.
FARRELL Colin (b. 31 May 1976 ~ Castleknock, County Dublin FILMS: Minority Report (2002), Veronica Guerin (2003), Alexander (2004), Miami Vice (2006), Pride and Gory (2007), etc.
FITZGERALD Barry (1888-1961 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Going My Way (1944), The Quiet Man (1952), The Long Voyage Home (1940), And Then There Was None (1945), etc.
FITZGERALD Geraldine (1913-2005 ~ Greystones, County Wicklow FILMS: Wuthering Heights (1939), So Evil My Love (1948), The Mango Tree (1977), Poltergeist II (1986), etc.
FRICKER Brenda (b. 17 February 1945 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Veronica Guerin (2003), So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993), The Field (1990), My Left Foot (1989), Inside I'm Dancing (2004) etc.
GAMBON Michael (b. 19 October 1940 ~ Dublin) FILMS: The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (1989), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Ali G. Indahouse (2002), Layer Cake (2004), The Good Shepherd (2006), etc. He has also starred in 3 Harry Potter films: HP and the Prisoner of Askaban (2004, HP and the Goblet of Fire (2005), HP and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).
GLEESON Brendan (b. 29 March 1955 ~ Dublin FILMS: Braveheart (1995), Michael Collins (1996), The Field (1990), Troy (2004), The Tiger's Tale (2006), Beowulf (2007), etc.
HARRIS Richard (1930-2002 ~ Limerick) FILMS: Camelot (1967), The Field (1990), Gladiator (2000), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002), etc.
LEECH Richard (1922-2004 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Gandhi (1982), Night of the Demon (1957), The Shooting Party (1985), The Dam Busters (1955), etc.
LYNCH Joe (1925-2001 ~ Mallow, County Cork) FILMS: Ulysses (1967), etc. Probably best known for his role as Dinny Byrne in the RTE soap, Glenroe.
LYNCH John (b. 26 December 1961 ~ Corrinshego, County Armagh) FILMS: In the Name of the Father (1993), Sliding Doors (1998), Lassie (2005), etc.
LYNCH Susan (b. 5 June 1971 ~ Newry, County Armagh) FILMS: Waking Ned (1998), Interview with the Vampire (1994), Enduring Love (2004), Connolly (2008), etc.
MACGILL Moyna (1895-1975 ~ Belfast) FILMS: The Picture of Dorrian Gray (1945), Frenchman's Creek (1944), etc. She is the mother of Angela Lansbury.
MURPHY Cillian (b. 25 May 1976 ~ Douglas, County Cork) FILMS: 28 Days later (2002), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Intermission (2003), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), etc.
NEESON Liam (b. 7 June 1952 ~ Ballymena, County Antrim) FILMS: Michael Collins (1996), Excalibur (1981), Schindler's List (1993), Gangs of New York (2001), Seraphim Falls (2007), etc.
O'HARA Maureen (nee Fitzsimons) (b. 17 August 1920 ~ Ranelagh, Dublin) FILMS: How Green Was My Valley (1941), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), The Quiet Man (1939), Jamaica Inn (1939), Rio Grande (1950), The Parent Trap (1961), etc.
O'SHEA Milo (b. 2 June 1926 ~ Dublin FILMS: Ulysses (1967), The Dream Team (1989), The Matchmaker (1997), etc.
O'SULLIVAN Maureen (1911-1998 ~ Boyle, County Roscommon). She is the mother of Mia Farrow FILMS: Anna Karenina (1935), Pride and Prejudice (1940), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), etc. She played the part of Jane in the Tarzan films made between 1932 and 1942.
PURCELL Noel (1900-1985 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Moby Dick (1956), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), Lord Jim (1965), Lust for Life (1956), etc.
RHYS-MEYERS Johnathan (b. 27 July 1977 ~ Dublin) FILMS: Velvet Goldmine (1998), Bend it Like Beckham (2002), Alexander (2004), Toussaint (2007), etc.
TOIBIN Niall (b. 21 November 1929 ~ Cork) FILMS: Eat the Peach (1986), Shergar (1999), Far and Away (1999), Fools of Fortune (1990), etc.
FILM & MEDIA BITS & PIECES
DRACULA'S TEETH Irish dentist Sean Mulhall designed the teeth for Christopher Lee's 'Dracula'
KEYSTONE COPS The creator of the Keystone Cops was Mack Sennett, the son of Irish emigrants
MGM FILMS The lion which roars at the start of MGM films was bred in Dublin zoo
OSCAR STATUETTE The Oscar statuette was designed by Cedric Gibons an art director who was born in Dublin. He went on to win 12 Oscars himself
PEOPLE IN THE MEDIA ~ IRISH OR WITH IRISH CONNECTIONS
SNOW, Peter The UK newscaster Peter Snow was born in Dublin
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