The Irish Among Us

It’s said that on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.  Sometimes in the movies, it feels that way.
While I do like films set in Ireland, we don’t need those movies to find Irish talents in movies and TV.  They are everywhere and always have been, both in front of and behind the camera.

So as St. Patrick’s Day approaches, I thought I’d draw attention to the Irish who entertain us.  They have become a most welcome part of our movies and television, sometimes without our knowing that they were born and/or raised in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

Kenneth Branagh (Hamlet, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Thor)
Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steele, James Bond films, Mrs. Doubtfire)
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, Little Women, The Man in the Iron Mask)
Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, The Guard)
Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones)
Colin Farrell (In Bruges, Total Recall)
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Jane Eyre, Inglourious Basterds)
Michael Gambon (Harry Potter films, Cranford, Gosford Park)
Brendan Gleeson (The Guard, Cold Mountain)
Ciarán Hinds (Persuasion, Jane Eyre, Calendar Girls)
Maria Doyle Kennedy (The Commitments, Downton Abbey)
Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter films)
Colm Meaney (Star Trek: the Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The Conspirator)
Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Inception, The Wind that Shakes the Barley)
Liam Neeson (Batman Begins, Taken, Love Actually)
James Nesbitt (Waking Ned Divine, Murphy’s Law)
Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Tara Road)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Bend it Like Beckham)
Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna, The Lovely Bones)
Ray Stevenson (The Three Musketeers, Thor, Rome)

Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Sláinte!