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Banshees of Inisherin's Colin Farrell crowned one of highest-grossing Irish movie stars

Colin Farrell has been named one of the highest-grossing Irish movie stars.

The Dubliner grossed €2 billion worldwide for his 27 leading roles, averaging €82 million a movie. Some of his most prominent roles come from his frequent inclusion in the movies of Martin McDonagh, such as In Bruges, Seven Psychopaths and 2022’s The Banshees of Inisherin opposite Brendan Gleeson.

The Castleknock man came in fourth after other big names such as Liam Neeson, Michael Fassbender, and Pierce Brosnan. Another Dubliner who made the list is Domnhall Gleeson who ranked 10th with a total worldwide gross of €191 million averaging at €38 million per movie.

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At the very top was acting veteran Liam Neeson who has grossed €5 billion worldwide in total across his 52 leading roles, with each film grossing €113 million on average. Michael Fassbender takes second on the list, grossing a worldwide total of €2,338,804,571 across his 21 leading roles, averaging €111,371,646 per movie.

Coming in third place is Pierce Brosnan, who has seen a total gross of €2,234,116,046 worldwide across his 26 leading roles averaging €85,927,540 per title. Some of his most popular roles include his four-instalment run as James Bond, Sam in 2008’s Mamma Mia movie, and as a billionaire thief in the Thomas Crown Affair.

Here is a full list of the highest-grossing Irish movie stars:



Number of leading roles

Worldwide Gross (Euros)

Average gross per movie


Liam Neeson


€ 5,913,868,915

€ 113,728,248


Michael Fassbender


€ 2,338,804,571

€ 111,371,646


Pierce Brosnan


€ 2,234,116,046

€ 85,927,540


Colin Farrell


€ 2,232,384,576

€ 82,680,910


Jamie Dornan


€ 1,356,194,945

€ 169,524,368


Kenneth Branagh


€ 1,109,238,637

€ 138,654,830


Daniel Day-Lewis


€ 764,403,544

€ 54,600,253


Saoirse Ronan


€ 598,013,997

€ 46,001,077


Cillian Murphy


€ 355,625,576

€ 29,635,465


Domhnall Gleeson


€ 191,295,906

€ 38,259,181

The study by Irish casino analysed the box office figures for the top Irish movie stars to see who has grossed the most in total from their leading roles.

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