I Rish You Knew These 13 Stars Were Irish

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
We know, with a name Saoirse Ronan who would have guessed? While 'The Host' star is technically a New York native, she was born to Irish parents and the family lived there during her childhood. {Photo credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP}
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell may not love Bruges, but that may be because the actor has such pride in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. Luckily, for all of us Yanks, Farrell gets to use his Irish accent in movies quite a bit. {Photo credit: AP Photo/Dan Steinberg}
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Stuart Townsend
Stuart Townsend
Stuart Townsend is the son of an Englishman, but the actor is an Irish lad through and through. He was born in Howth, County Dublin. Bonus Irish points: his mother Lorna, an Irish native also, was a model. No wonder where he got his good looks. {Photo credit: WENN}
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Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan
Bond. James O' Bond. Oft mistaken for a Brit (playing James Bond probably doesn't help matters), the actor is actually from Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland and he grew up in Navan, County Meath, Ireland and was the only child of, you guessed it, Irish parents. {Photo credit: AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu}
AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Michelle Siu
Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
Oscar-nominated actor Liam Neeson has a very particular set of skills. One of which includes originally hailing from Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland and being one of the coolest Irish actors in Hollywood ever. {Photo credit: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Amnesty International}
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Amnesty International
Kenneth Branagh
Kenneth Branagh
Don't let his ties to all things British fool you: Kenneth Branagh is actually from Belfast, Northern Ireland. {Photo credit: AP Photo/Matt Sayles}
AP Photo/Matt Sayles
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Three Irish names for the price of one. Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers can play everything from full-on American icon ('Elvis') to brooding Brit ('The Tudors') but his heritage traces back to Dublin, where he was born. {Photo credit: Vera Anderson/WireImage}
Vera Anderson/WireImage
Ciaran Hinds
Ciaran Hinds
Nothing about Ciaran Hinds' thick American accent in the USA series 'Political Animals' or as Big Daddy on Broadway in the revival of 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' would ever give it away that the thespian is actually from Belfast. Just further proof that Irish actors are damn good at their jobs. {Photo credit: WENN}
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Michelle Fairley
Michelle Fairley
Who knew the Stark family had Irish roots? 'Game of Thrones' actress Michelle Fairley (better known as Catelyn) is a native of Coleraine, Northern Ireland. {Photo credit: Armando Gallo/Retna}
Armando Gallo/Retna
Gabriel Byrne
Gabriel Byrne
It doesn't get much more Irish than Gabriel Byrne. Born in Walkinstown, Dublin, Byrne was one of six children to his Irish parents. The classically trained actor was educated in in Ardscoil Éanna in Crumlin and later attended University College Dublin. {Photo credit: AP Photo/Frank Franklin II}
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II
Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy
Oh, those Irish eyes. 'The Dark Knight Rises' star Cillian Murphy broke on to the scene in a British flick ('28 Days Later') but the Irish native (he's originally from Douglas, County Cork) is a bona fide box office star in his home country, too. {Photo credit: AP Photo/Jeff Christensen}
AP Photo/Jeff Christensen
Jack Gleeson
Jack Gleeson
Looks like the Starks aren't the only ones with Irish ties. Jack Gleeson, better known/loathed as Joffrey Baratheon on 'Game of Thrones' was born in Cork, Ireland. {Photo credit: Element Pictures}
Element Pictures
Sam Neill
Sam Neill
Sam Neill has outwitted dinosaurs in two 'Jurassic Park' movies. Luck of the Irish, indeed: the actor calls Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland his birthplace. {Photo credit: Newspix/Getty Images}
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Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')

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