In a poll by Sky Movies HD, the public reaffirmed a fact that we know already, that Liam Neeson is a well-trusted, talented actor. He is so popular in fact that he was voted Ireland and the UK’s favourite Irish actor in the poll, which is no mean feat, considering the wealth of talent that seems to pour out of Ireland.
He has racked-up a mighty list of successful performances and has more lined up for the future. Neeson has appeared in big-name films such as Schindler’s List, Taken and lent his voice to the much-loved Aslan the lion in The Chronicles Of Narnia. He will be appearing as one of Batman’s greatest enemies, Ra’s al Ghul in the upcoming thrill-fest, The Dark Knight Rises and is all set to fight aliens as an admiral in Battleship.
He must be doing something right as he has managed to win over the British and Irish public to clinch 19.9% of the votes. Perhaps it was his powerful performance as Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, or maybe he tugged at enough heart-strings with his tender-yet-comic performance as widower Daniel in loveable rom-com Love Actually.
This poll was commissioned as part of the season of St Patrick’s Day weekend films, as a way of celebrating the day (Saturday 17th March, 2012), and all things Irish. However, there were some surprising omissions to the top ten list, with high profile actors such as the gloriously funny Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) and the handsomely talented star of Shame and X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender being among the high profile stars to miss out on the recognition.
Check out the full list below, do you agree with it?
The Top 10 Irish Actors are:
- Liam Neeson – 19.9%
- Peter O’Toole – 9.1%
- Colin Farrell – 7.6%
- Pierce Brosnan – 7.5%
- James Nesbitt – 6.9% = Richard Harris – 6.9%
- Michael Gambon – 4.7%
- Brenda Fricker – 4.6%
- Gabriel Byrne – 3.5% = Kenneth Branagh – 3.5%
- Brendan Gleeson – 2.7%
- Maureen O’Hara – 2.5%
(Others = 20.6%)