A few years back we posted a list of some of our favorite Irish actors for St. Patrick’s Day, and it contained pretty much who you’d expect – Liam, Pierce, Colin F., Cillian, Daniel D.L. , Jonathan R.M., an Aidan (Quinn), but enough time has has passed that we have a whole new bumper crop to celebrate. Including another Aidan!
Here are ten more actors we can share our Shamrock Shakes with, and can smile those Irish eyes at us anytime.
31-year-old Jamie grew up in the suburbs of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and is the second cousin (twice removed) of Greer Garson. Along with a very successful modeling career, he’s flourishing on the big and small screen, with roles on Once Upon A Time, The Fall and he’s currently filming one of the most hotly anticipated spectacles of next year, Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The first baby born in Ireland in 1981 (at 12:01 AM on January 1st), Jonas is best known for the three seasons he spent as the title character in the BBC series Robin Hood. He went on to bare all in the film Book Of Blood, and this summer he’ll star with Tom Cruise in the sci-fi epic Edge Of Tomorrow.
The out 37-year-old Andrew was born in Dublin, and from an early age made his mark on the stage, both in Britain and the U.S., winning two Laurence Olivier Awards and a Drama Desk League nomination. His biggest success so far is as Moriarity in the BBC series Sherlock Holmes, for which he won a BAFTA, but his star is just beginning to shine.
41-year-old Jason was born in Dublin, and starred in such Brit classics as Monarch Of The Glen and The Bill, before heading to the U.S., where he starred in a string of short-lived series, including Vegas, Life On Mars and Terra Nova. While starring in another one-season wonder The Agency, he met and married co-star Paige Turco. That’s right, he’s married to April from TMNT: The Secret Of The Ooze.
28-year-old Colin was born in Northern Ireland, and made a memorable TV debut as Our Gay John on The Catherine Tate Show. Following another noteworthy role on Doctor Who, Colin nabbed the lead role in the BBC series Merlin, in which he starred for five seasons, and brought classic HoYay with co-star Bradley James.
36-year-old Michael was born in Germany, but raised in Ireland from the age of two with his Irish mother and German father. He’s been acting for over a decade, but it was his performance as Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s Hunger that first garnered major notice. His star has continued to skyrocket thanks to his other collaborations with McQueen, Shame and 12 Years a Slave, for which he received his first (of many to come) Oscar nominations. This year he’ll also reprise his role as Magneto in X-Men: Days Of Future Past
33-year-old Colin was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, and still resides there, even though his Hollywood star is rising quickly. He worked in theater and TV roles in Ireland and the UK until his breakthrough role in The Rite opposite Anthony Hopkins. He’s currently best known as Captain Hook on Once Upon A Time, a minor character that Colin elevated into a major role.
Remember this name, because you’ll be hearing a lot from him in the future. At just 26-years-old, Robert (born in County Laois, Ireland) has racked up three IFTA nominations and one BAFTA Award, with much more to come. He starred in the first two seasons of the Channel 4 series Misfits, and the first three season of Ireland’s Love/Hate, and starred in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones. He’s one to watch.
34-year-old Chris was born in Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland, where he played football at school until show business called. He had supporting roles in Gulliver’s Travels, Pirate Radio and Dinner For Schmucks, but it was his turn in Bridesmaids that made him a breakout star. Expect that to continue this spring when he stars in the Broadway production of Of Mice And Men (and to see Chris in his birthday suit, check out the mini-series The Crimson Petal and the White)
30-year-old Dublin native Aidan played sexy vampire John Mitchell on the first three seasons of the BBC Three’s Being Human, and then moved on to the world of Peter Jackson, where he’s starring as dwarf Kili in all three Hobbit films. Keeping with the fantasy theme, he starred as werewolf Luke in The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, and will reprise the role in the upcoming sequel.