Ireland has been the source of many imports to the U.S. such as warm wool sweaters, beer, potatoes, the list goes on. But perhaps one of their greatest additions has been the celebrities that come from the Emerald Isle. So in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, YHM is listing the Irish celebs that we are “lucky” to have.
Colin O’Donoghue: Starring as Captain Hook on the hit ABC show Once Upon A Time, O’Donoghue has “hooked” American audiences to his charms, especially the female viewers. With his black “guyliner” and leather ensemble, he immediately became a fan favorite. O’Donoghue was also the singer and guitarist for the Irish band The Enemies. He left the band due to scheduling conflicts for Once Upon a Time.
Michael Fassbender: This crimson haired fellow is no stranger to the big screen. He has starred in both blockbusters flicks such as X-Men and small indie films like Shame. Fassbender plays the younger version of Magneto in X:Men First Class and in the sequel coming out this summer!
Fassbender was recently in the Oscar-winning Best Picture Film, 12 Years a Slave. Where he played the abusive and sadistic slave owner Edwin Epps. He also scooped up an Oscar nomination for his impressive performance in the movie.
Video game fans rejoice because it is rumored that Fassbender’s new project will be to produce and star in the movie version of Assassin’s Creed.
Jamie Dornan: Hello Mr. Grey! Dornan was chosen to play the role of Christian Grey in the upcoming film adaptation of E.L James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, after Charlie Hunnam dropped out. Dornan began his career as a model for companies like Calvin Klein, Dior and Armani. On the show Once Upon a Time he starred as The Huntsman, the Evil Queen’s henchman, but sadly his character was killed off way too soon.
Liam Neeson: Let’s face it. We all love Liam Neeson. Ever since he starred in the thrilling film Taken, we have all wished that Liam Neeson was our father and he would come rescue us from a botched European vacation. Or is that just me?
Neeson has been in some of the biggest movie franchises, including, Star Wars, Christopher Nolan’s Batman, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Liam Neeson plays iconic roles which have earned his catchphrases to be continually repeated. Who here hasn’t quoted his famous line from Clash of the Titans?
Release the Kraken!”
Bono: How can this list be complete without the biggest star to come out of Ireland? The lead singer of the band U2 is not only talented but also extremely generous. His real name is Paul David Hewson and he was born and raised in Dublin. U2 has won 22 Grammy awards so far in the 38 years they have been preforming together!
Bono was dubbed the “face of fusion philanthropy” by the National Journal for his activism. Bono founded the Red Campaign and works to help fight AIDS and other causes such as ending poverty.
Listen to U2’s song “One” that was released as a benefit single for AIDS research.
Saoirse Ronan: Ronan is one of the youngest actresses to be nominated for an Oscar, for her role as Briony Tails in the 2007 film Atonement. The 20-year-old, who resides in Dublin, has also starred in films like The Lovely Bones and as a teen assassin in Hanna.
In 2014 Ronan will be starring in The Grand Budapest Hotel alongside Bill Murray and Owen Wilson. She will also be in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.
Still don’t know how to pronounce her name? Watch this video to learn.
Evanna Lynch: Lynch is best known for her portrayal of the oddball Luna Lovegood in the phenomenal Harry Potter films. Lynch overcame a lot to win the part. She suffered from anorexia. She was allowed to leave her treatment facility to meet Harry Potter author J.K Rowling. This meeting with the author inspired Lynch to get healthy and audition for the role.
Lynch recently reprised her role as Luna in a musical parody A Very Potter Senior Year, starring Glee’s Darren Criss.
Katie McGrath: This dark haired beauty once played the baddest sorceress in King Arthur’s time. McGrath played Morgana on the BBC/Sci-Fy series Merlin for five seasons.
McGrath never saw herself as an actress. After graduating from Trinity College in Dublin she became a fashion journalist and worked at Image magazine. After working as a costume designer on the show The Tudors she convinced the series director to give her a role.
McGrath also starred in Madonna’s directorial debut in the film W.E. She can also be seen in the television series Dracula starring alongside fellow Irishman, Johnathan Rhys Meyers.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone! As these celebs would say “Erin go bragh!”
By Ashley DeLuce