Yesterday when I mentioned to my silly dad that I was posting about Irish Hymns he joked "Are you going to post about Irish Hers too?"
While I'm certainly planning on doing a post about Irish Hers (Irish Lassies), I decided I'd do a post about Irish Hims (Irish Lads) first.
Let's take a look at Period Drama actors who were born in Ireland. Many of these still have distinct Irish accents when they speak.
Irish Lads of Period Drama
Probably my favorite Irish born actor (and the one with the coolest name!). Tall, dark, kind and a great seafaring gentleman, he is my ultimate Captain Frederick Wentworth in Persuasion 1996. He was also in such great period dramas as: Jane Eyre 1997, The Mayor of Casterbridge 2003, Amazing Grace, Sherlock Holmes: The Cardboard Box and was hilarious as Firmin (though not musically talented) in The Phantom of the Opera. He was also in Ivanhoe 1997, which I haven't seen yet but want to.
It totally surprised me to find out that British great Sir Michael Gambon was actually born in Dublin, Ireland. He may not have grown up there but because it's his birthplace I feel free to mention him here. His work in film and theater is amazing and he's been in some of my all time favorite period dramas! You'll recognize him in: Wives and Daughters, Gosford Park, The Lost Prince, Amazing Grace, Cranford, and was delightful as Mr. Woodhouse in Emma 2009! He was also in The King's Speech which I look forward to seeing sometime soon.
I wasn't surprised that this actor was born in Dublin, Ireland but I was surprised at how many period dramas he's been in! You might remember him from: Northanger Abbey 2007 (as General Tilney), A Little Princess 1995, The Abduction Club, Stranded (based on Swiss Family Robinson) and First Knight. He's been in a few other period dramas that I've seen but didn't like very well.
Speaking of Northanger Abbey 2007, another Irish born actor, Hugh O'Conor was delightful as Catherine's sweet brother James Morland. He's also in The Three Musketeers 1993, a family favorite.
A distinguished Irish actor, and I really enjoyed him as Friedrich Bhaer in Little Women 1994. He was also in Vanity Fair 2004, which I haven't reviewed yet because it's not a favorite of mine.
If he's only been in one period drama you've seen then why is this guy on your list? Because he has amazing eyes, and I really like his name! I enjoyed him in The Way We Live Now and I've also enjoyed him in a couple more modern films.
This Dublin born actor created an amazing rock star style as Carver Doone in the classic Lorna Doone 2000. He was also brilliant in Poirot: Five Little Pigs.
Another iconic British actor and director who I would never guess was born and spent the first nine years of his life in Belfast, Ireland. I just love his Shakespeare films: Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and As You Like It.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Quite a popular actor (since his role in The Tudors, which sounds just awful), Jonathan was born and raised in Ireland and has that charming Irish accent. I enjoyed his early roles in The Magnificent Ambersons and Vanity Fair, even though the characters he plays are quite impetuous.
I'm sure there's many more Irish actors but these are just some that I enjoy.
Who are your favorite Irish actors?
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