Top 10 HIGHEST-grossing Irish actors of ALL TIME

TV and film are rife with Irish talent. New research shows the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time, and it is probably who you would expect near the top.

Top 10 HIGHEST-grossing Irish actors of ALL TIME.

There are certain names you will definitely expect to see on this list, some which might surprise you, and some that are missing you would have certainly expected to be here.

Let’s take a look at the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time and what movies they’ve been in.

10. Domhnall Gleeson – a famous family

Domhnall Gleeson starts off our list of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.
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Domhnall Gleeson is the son of Brendan Gleeson, with whom he has appeared in a number of films and theatre productions.

Born and raised in Dublin, he has appeared in films such as About Time, Ex Machina, and The Revenant, some of which he has received prestigious nominations for.

9. Cillian Murphy – an array of roles across TV and film

Cillian Murphy is one of the greatest Irish actors of all time.

Cillian Murphy is one of the greatest Irish actors of all time. He has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows that have done incredibly well, including the Batman franchise, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), and of course, Peaky Blinders.

8. Saoirse Ronan – New York-born; Carlow raised 

Saoirse Ronan is one of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.
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Saoirse Ronan is the only female actor to appear in the top ten list of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.

As such, she has a very impressive repertoire of films in a short career, as well as nominations, including four Academy Award nominations and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress at just 14 years old.

The Irish-American actress has a net worth of about nine million.

7. Daniel Day-Lewis – British and Irish dual citizenship

The only actor to have ever won the Best Actor Oscar three times.
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Although Daniel Day-Lewis has said he sees himself as more English, he has held dual citizenship between England and Ireland since 1993.

Starring in the likes of Gangs of New York (2002), Lincoln (2012),and There Will Be Blood (2007), he is the only actor to have ever won the Best Actor Oscar three times.

6. Kenneth Branagh – you can’t take Belfast out of the boy

He is the last famous Irish actor to round out the billions, with a worldwide gross of over €1.1 billion.
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While he moved away from Belfast when he was just a boy, Branagh still deserves a spot on this list. He is the last famous Irish actor to round out the billions, with a worldwide gross of over €1.1 billion.

He starred in movies such as Death on the Nile (2022) and Murder on the Orient Express (2017).

5. Jamie Dornan – his first role was alongside Kiera Knightly

Jamie Dornan is one of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.
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Jamie Dornan first came to the big screen in 2006 as Count Axel Fersen in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. He then had a number of small roles until really coming into the public eye again with The Fall (2013).

Shortly thereafter, he had the world swooning with the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. Hailing from Holywood, County Down, the actor has been the lead in eight movies, grossing nearly €1.5 billion overall.

4. Colin Farrell – one of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time

One of the most recognisable Irish actors of all time.
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Colin Farrell, who hails from Dublin, has had an incredible career so far and is probably one of the most recognisable Irish actors of all time.

He has appeared in a leading role 27 times, including In Bruges (2008), Seven Psychopaths (2012), and most recently, The Banshees of Inisherin (2022) with Brendan Gleeson.

3. Pierce Brosnan – a healthy career

Pierce Brosnan is one of the most notorious and highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.
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Pierce Brosnan is one of the most notorious and highest-grossing Irish actors of all time. Born in Drogheda, County Louth, he is known for playing James Bond four times from 1995 to 2002 in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.

Appearing in over 70 films, of which 26 were leading roles, the Irish actor has a total gross of €2.2 billion worldwide, ranking him just above Colin Farrell.

2. Michael Fassbender – many diverse portrayals

Michael Fassbender is one of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time.
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Michael Fassbender holds dual nationality, both German and Irish. He is known for his portrayal of hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger (2008), Magneto in the X-Men series, and many other notorious portrayals.

Earning over €2.3 billion across his 21 movie roles, he is the second-highest-grossing Irish actor of all time.

1. Liam Neeson – the highest-grossing Irish actor of all time

Liam Neeson takes the award for the highest-grossing Irish actor of all time.
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Appearing in over 90 films, Liam Neeson is the highest-grossing Irish actor of all time, earning nearly €6 billion across his movie history, 52 of which were leading roles.

The award-winning actor hails from Ballymena, County Down. He features in movies like Schindler’s List (1993), Taken (2008), and Love Actually (2003), performing across all cinematic genres.

So, there you have it. There were certainly some actors missing that shocked us. While Brendan Gleeson was the highest-paid actor of 2022, he doesn’t make the list of the highest-grossing Irish actors of all time. Were there any others that surprised you?

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