Irish film and TV stars to watch in 2021

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While 2020 wasn’t exactly a year the majority of us will fondly remember, it saw a select group of Irish actors cement their reputations with impressive roles.

For example, Jessie Buckley, Paul Mescal, Chris Walley, Ruth Negga, and Sarah Greene all had years to remember, despite the challenges faced by the film and television industries.

On that note, the Irish Mirror has selected eight actors who should have a very good year 2021.

Lea Minto

You may have seen her in: Red Rock, Dublin Oldschool, Normal People

Her next major role is: Netflix’s fantasy drama Fate: The Winx Saga, which is set in Ireland. The show is a live-action adaptation of Nickelodeon’s Winx Club and follows a character named Bloom as she adjusts to life in the Underworld, where she must learn to control her dangerous magical powers.



Ash Cahill played by Leah Minto

Daryl mccormack

You may have seen him in: Peaky Blinders, Pixie

His next major role is: The Tipperary actor will play Aram in Amazon’s big-budget adaptation of Robert Jordan’s beloved novel, The Wheel of Time.




Liz fitzgibbon

You may have seen her in: Normal People, The South Westerlies

Her next big role is: she will play Nicola in the new comedy created by Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, Frank of Ireland. Besides the Gleeson brothers, the cast of this new co-production between Amazon and Channel 4 is very impressive with Sarah Greene and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor also starring.

Fitzgibbon is also an accomplished kickboxer.

Niamh Algar

You may have seen her in: Raised By Wolves, The Virtues, Calm With Horses

Her next major role is: In 2018 she was named Screen International’s “Star of Tomorrow” and has never looked back. Granted, Algar might be better known than some of the other cast on the roster, but she’s having a very busy 2021 with roles in My Name is Lizzie, Guy Ritchie’s Wrath Of Man, and Censor to come.



TORONTO, ONTARIO – SEPTEMBER 08: (LR) Cosmo Jarvis, Niamh Algar and Barry Keoghan attend the “Calm With Horses” Photoshoot during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 08, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth / WireImage)

Jack mullarkey

You might have seen him in The Walking On Cars music video for their single Monster.

His next major role: The Irish actor will make his television debut in Amazon’s big-budget prequel to Vikings, Vikings: Valhalla, where he plays the character of Toke.



Jack mullarkey

Donall Healai

You may have seen it in: Traders, Pursuit

His next major role: He is playing the lead role in the acclaimed Irish-language film Arracht which was selected as the Irish candidacy for the Best International Feature Film at the Oscars (formerly Best Foreign Language category) at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards .



Lola petticrew

You may have seen her in: Dating Amber, A Bump Along The Way

Her next major role: This year will be a busy one for the actress with roles in Bloodlands – the new drama from the creator of Line of Duty – and Shadows.



Lola petticrew

Claire Dunne

You may have seen her in: Spider-Man: Far from Home, Nice Night For It



Clare Dunne in herself

Her next major role: Dunne’s performance in Amazon’s new drama Herself is already getting good reviews and she’s going to be busy landing a role on another show called Kin alongside Ciaran Hinds, Charlie Cox, Aidan Gillen and Emmet J. Scanlan.


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