Ireland may be a small country geographically, but that hasn’t stopped them from producing some of the best movie stars on the planet. Below are some of the greatest Irish film stars of all time, who have risen to the top of their profession. Some would argue that luck plays a role in a player’s rise and if you think you have the ‘luck of the Irish’ why not try out some of the best online casino games at Platin Casino Ireland?
In terms of fame, Liam Neeson has to be one of the greatest Irish film debuts of all time. His filmography includes the Taken trilogy, Batman Begins, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, The Lego Movie and The Chronicles of Narnia. However, Neeson first rose to prominence with the title role in Schindler’s List, the Oscar-winning film directed by Steven Spielberg. The film won Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography among other Oscars and although Neeson didn’t win for his portrayal of Oskar Schindler, his performance is superb.
Maureen O’Hara’s name may not mean much to young moviegoers, but those who consider themselves moviegoers will know the redhead well. O’Hara became known as the “Queen of Technicolor” as she starred in several blockbuster Hollywood movies in the 1940s and 1950s, including adventure films and westerns. Having worked with Alfred Hitchcock and John Ford, O’Hara did not win an Oscar but did receive an Honorary Oscar in 2014. The award was accompanied by the inscription “To Maureen O’Hara, one of the Hollywood’s brightest stars, whose inspiring performances shone with passion, warmth and strength ”.
Daniel Day-Lewis is another of the best Irish movie stars of all time. He may be a somewhat controversial inclusion having dual UK and Irish citizenship, but that makes him worthy of his place. Day-Lewis has won three Academy Awards for Best Actor, making him the only actor to have achieved that feat at the time of writing. He also won four British Academy Film Awards for Best Actor, including some of his best performances in My Left Foot, The Last of the Mohicans, In the Name of the Father, Gangs of New York, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln.
Day-Lewis is retired but one actress who has many years ahead of her on the big screen is Saoirse Ronan. She first came to the forefront of the theater industry as a child star of Atonement and won a Golden Globe Award in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category for her performance in Lady Bird. . Ronan received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for Brooklyn, Lady Bird and Little Women and an Oscar is surely only a matter of time.
Other fantastic Irish performers to grace the big screen include Richard Harris, known to young moviegoers as Dumbledore in the early Harry Potter films, and Peter O’Toole, who holds the record for the number of Best Actor nominations at the Oscars without a win. Colin Farrell, Maureen O’Sullivan, Michael Fassbender, Cillian Murphy and Pierce Brosnan are just a few of the other top Irish actors.