Coolest Irish Actors and Their Movies to Binge Watch

In case you and your friends and family decide to binge watch, here are some of the most famous Irish actors and their known movies that might capture your attention.

  • Colin Farrell – Back in 2002 to 2003, he was mostly remembered for his fast-paced and high-strung roles in movies like Phone Booth (2003), S.W.A.T. (2003), Minority Report (2002), and of course, Daredevil (2003). However, he is now known as an incredibly versatile and talented actor especially for his roles in In Bruges (2008), Horrible Bosses (2011), The Lobster (2015), and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them (2016).
  • Brendan Gleeson & Domhnall Gleeson – If you are after the classic Irish grit and stellar performance, then look no further than Brendan Gleeson. You can start with the Scottish themed cult classic Braveheart (1995), followed by The General (1998), A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001), and Gangs of New York (2002). Meanwhile, his son, Domhnall Gleeson, is turning more heads in Hollywood after his distinct roles in movies such as Ex Machina (2014), The Revenant (2015), and Brooklyn (2015). You can also check him out in an episode of Black Mirror.
  • Cillian Murphy – It is hard to go wrong with Cillian Murphy. You can get to know his distinct style of acting and not to mention charismatic blue eyes through 28 Days Later (2002), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Batman Begins (2005), and Inception (2010).
  • Michael Fassbender – Binge watching this German-Irish actor’s movies can take a while. If you’re just about to start, you can take a look at Inglorious Basterds (2009), X-Men: First Class (2011), Shame (2011), 12 Years a Slave (2013), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Steve Jobs (2015), and MacBeth (2015) before moving on to his 2016 and 2017 movies.
  • Liam Neeson – If you haven’t seen the memes and haven’t heard his calm, low, yet threatening voice, then you owe it to yourself to watch Liam Neeson in Taken (2008-2014). Afterwards, you can take a step back and watch Schindler’s List (1993), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999), and Batman Begins (2005).
  • Pierce Brosnan – Before he was first seen in the all too familiar black tuxedo, nobody expected that the smoothest and “most sensitive” 007 would come from Ireland. Aside from watching his James Bond movies i.e. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Die Another Day (2002), you can also check out The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Mama Mia! (2008), The Ghost Writer (2010), and The Foreigner (2017).
  • Aidan Gillen, Liam Cunningham, Michael McElhatton – These three A-list actors are not related, but they all grew mainstream popularity through the HBO series Game of Thrones. If you haven’t seen how ruthless, charming, and incredibly entertaining they have been throughout the show, then now is the time to start.
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Many refer to this Irish celebrity as the best actor of all time not only because of his undisputed roles, but also because he is the only man to win three Oscar Award for Acting. These include My Left Foot (1989), There Will Be Blood (2007), and Lincoln (2013). However, it is a must to also watch his incredibly method acting in the films The Last of the Mohicans (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), and Gangs of New York (2002).

Please note that these are only some of the most famous Irish actors of this generation. You can also check out the names Jamie Dornan, Kenneth Branagh, Michael Gambon, Sam Neil, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, and Stuart Townsend for more binge watching. In the meantime, get to know more of the Irish culture by visiting us here McCullar’s Irish Pub & Grill located in Arlington, Texas.