5 Greatest Irish Actors of All Time

The Irish may be known for their luck, but when it comes to the many big-screen works that Irish-born actors have delivered over the years, it’s the moviegoers who have truly been the lucky ones. As the season of four-leaf clovers once again rears it head, here’s a look back at some of the best Irish actors in cinema history.

1. Kenneth Branagh

Kenneth Branagh in Hamlet

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Known these days for directing films like Thor and Cinderella, Branagh has tackled a wide variety of stage and television roles, but as for his film career, the actor is perhaps best remembered for his adaptations of the works of William Shakespeare. These include Henry V, Much Ado about Nothing and Hamlet, all of which he both directed and starred in. In addition to his Shakespeare work, he has lent his signature charm and effortless poise to major films like Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and earned an Oscar nomination for 2011 release My Week with Marilyn, in which he starred as Sir Laurence Olivier.