As St. Patrick's Day draws near, one cannot think of a better way to celebrate than to take a look at some of the hottest Irish male celebrities to have surfaced in the past few years. So sit back, relax and get ready to learn some fun facts about four of your favorite Irish actors.
The ruggedly handsome Fassbender might not be the first person one thinks of when making a list of Irish actors, however the German born actor is Irish on his mother's side. Born in Heidelberg, Germany, his family then relocated to Ireland after the "X-Men: First Class" actor was two. According to his family lore, Fassbender might be related to Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, further solidifying his Irish roots. Although a rising star in acting, the "Shame" star almost decided to become a heavy metal guitarist before deciding on films.
This good-looking Meyers is actually known for playing British characters, most notably Henry VII in "The Tudors." Born in Dublin in 1977, Meyers was actually a troubled youth who became a grifter at the young age of 15. It was not until a talent scout spotted him in a pool hall that helped put him on a path to acting, allowing adoring fans to see his chiseled features. Meyers apparently is very good changing his accent, which has allowed him to play Elvis (in an Emmy nominated role) and do a convincing imitation of his "Match Point" director Woody Allen.
Liam Neeson is an Irish actor that many look up for his talent as well as his handsome features. Born in Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, Neeson appeared to be on several career tracks before acting came into his life. The "Star Wars" actor's commanding presence helps grab the audience's attention, and he can easily shift from drama ("Schindler's List") to action ("Taken.") He is also a man that knows what he wants. Neeson apparently was so eager to have a role in "Star Wars Episode I - The Phantom Menace" that he did not even bother to read the script.
A devilishly handsome man whose reformed bad boy image adds to his appeal, the Dublin born Farrell has displayed a wide range when it comes to his acting. Whether a monstrous (but still somewhat sexy) vampire in "Fright Night," to becoming the world's worst boss in "Horrible Bosses," Farrell almost always knocks his roles out of the park while making the audience swoon. Some may think it is the voice; however, the "Alexander" actor really did not use his Irish accent until 2003's superhero flick "Daredevil."
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- Michael Fassbender
- Jonathan Rhys Meyers
- Liam Neeson