The Emerald Isle has a history of producing impossibly handsome boy band members, and as a member of retired British boy band One Direction, this blonde-haired 22-year-old needs no introduction. Niall was born and raised in Mullingar.
Former model Jamie Dornan was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland. The rising actor’s CV includes turns in the ht BBC show The Fall and blockbuster film 50 Shades of Grey and its to-be-released sequels.
Half-Greek, half-Irish actor John Stamos reached critical acclaim in his starring role as Dr. Tony Gates in medical drama ER from 2006 to 2009. But before he graced the halls of County General Stamos starred in the 2006 TV Movie ‘Wedding Wars’ where he played a gay wedding planner.
After a number of TV engagements in the UK – including stints on The Tudors and the BBC’s Being Human – his role as dwarf Kili in the Hobbit films catapulted Dublin-born Aidan Turner to international fame.
Rory O’Malley (right)
Hailing from Cleveland’s Irish quarter, Rory O’Malley is best known for originating the role of a closeted missionary in Broadway hit The Book of Mormon – and for co-founding marriage equality organization Broadway Impact.
As a former member of boyband Westlife, Kian, has had a successful solo career, won I’m a Celebrity 2013 and is currently a judge on The Voice Ireland.
Liam Neeson could take us any time. Born in Ballymena in Northern Ireland, he’s starred in everything from Schindler’s List to the Star Wars films.
Colin O’Donoghue, best known for playing Captain Hook in Once Upon A Time, is from Drogheda.
Andrew Scott, from Dublin, might be best known for playing the scheming Moriarty in Sherlock. But he also this gay actor also was one of the stars of Pride, the LGBTI rights film in 2014.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, from Dublin, is no stranger to campy, pulpy roles. He’s made his name in Showtime’s The Tudors and NBC’s Dracula.
Born in Dublin, Colin Farrell has made his name in Hollywood by starring in films like Phone Booth, The Recruit and In Bruges. With a gay brother, he was a big proponent of marriage equality.
Although Fassbender was born in West Germany, his mother is from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland. Fassbender received mainstream success with the films 300, Inglorious Bastards, and X-Men: First Class.