Top 10 Beautiful Irish Men

In Top Ten Irish Stereotypes I touched on what is and is not Irish. Here's a taste of real Irish men.

These men are multi-talented, passionate, and each has a poetic streak. Add thick shining hair, prominent bones, and piercing eyes... now that's Irish.

10. Stuart Townsend
Stuart was born in Howth, County Dublin in 1972. I think he looks like Kiera Knightly, but I had too many votes for him to ignore. He is best known for his leading roles in Queen of the Damned, and Dorian Gray. He is currently single, having ended his engagement to Charlize Theron.
9. Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis was born in 1957 and has both English and Irish citizenship. The classically trained actor is an Academy, Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA Award winner for Best Actor. 

As a method actor, his dedication to authenticity in his roles causes him to stay in character during the entire filming schedule. He is also notoriously selective about his work, preferring to take extended breaks than to take a role he isn't passionate about. His next role will be in this year's Steven Spielberg biographical film Lincoln.
8. Bono
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in 1960 in Dublin. He's a singer, musician, and humanitarian best known for being the lead singer and song writer of the rock band U2.

He is married to his college sweetheart and their primary residence is in Killiney. He's been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, which I find damn sexy.

"It's stasis that kills you off in the end, not ambition." Bono
7. Liam Neeson
William John Liam Neeson was born in 1952 and raised in a housing project in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Before going into acting, he lead a varied life; he studied physics at the University of Belfast and later worked for Guinness.

He got a late start in Hollywood and didn't become well known until he starred in Schindler's List in his 40s. He's been nominated for Nominated for an Oscar and 3 Golden Globes. 
6. Colin Farrell
Colin James Farrell was born in 1976 in Dublin. He's best known for his roles in Alexander and  In Bruges.

His antics with women, drugs, and booze in his 20s gave him the reputation of a tool. Since the birth of his son James in 2003, Colin has grown into much more responsible, down to earth person. "He's kind of lifted me in that sometimes tremulous hand of his. I ain't saying I'm a great man or nothing, but I'm getting to be about as good a fellow as I'm going to be" said Colin of James' struggles with Angelman Syndrome.

5. Aidan Turner 

Aidan Turner was born in 1983 in ClondalkinHe graduated from The Gaiety School of Acting in 2004. To date he is most recognized for his role in the supernatural drama series Being Human but there's huge buzz about his upcoming role in the Tolkien film The Hobbit.

For an actor whose success has been in supernatural and fantasy media so far, he's remarkably cynical. “No, I don’t believe in that rubbish, so bring it on.  I wouldn't say I’m sceptical because that word implies the truth is out there when there is no truth out there,” he said of supernatural roles. Cynical is the word you're looking for, Cutiepie.

4. Colin O'Donoghue
Colin was born in  1981 in Drogheda. His first major role was in the movie The Rite in 2011. Like Aidan Turner and Olivia Wilde, he also attended the  Gaiety School of Acting. He worked with our #1 Irishman on the set of The Tudors as well.

Colin is a vocalist and guitarist for the Irish rock band "The Enemies." The band is scheduled to play South by South West, Coachella and Lollapalooza in the US this year.

3. Karl Geary
Karl John Geary  was born in 1972 in Dublin. He's best known for his lead role in The Burrowers in 2008, and he also wrote the screenplay for the 2003 Irish film Coney Island Baby.

I find it far more interesting that he appeared in Madonna's Sex book and owns a bar called "The Scratcher" in Manhattan. 

2. Cillian Murphy
Cillian Murphy was born in 1976 in Cork. Deep and dark and desperate, Cillian has a myterious, aloof charm. He's a highly private man and rarely gives interviews.

He started out as a vocalist and guitar player and turned down a record deal because it would mean signing over the rights to the songs he wrote. Of acting and making rock music, Cillian said, "I think there's such a thing as a performance gene. If it's in your DNA it needs to come out. For me it originally came out through music, then segued into acting and came out through there. I always needed to get up and perform."

He is most known for his roles in Inception and 28 Days Later, but I highly recommend The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

1.  Jonathan Rhys Meyers
He was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe, which I personally find much sexier, in 1977 in Dublin. If you haven't seen his performance as King Henry VIII in the historical drama The Tudors, you're missing out.

The single bad boy had a rough youth. He was expelled from school at 16 for truancy and never looked back. He was discovered in a pool hall by a casting agent and skyrocketed from there. 

He's a successful singer, songwriter, and guitarist: Two of the songs he performed in the 2007 film August Rush were nominated for  Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards