The most attractive Irish stars


We don’t need any Jennifer Lopez, Mila Kunis or Zac Efron we’ve put together our own Irish hotties list.

It’s a tough old job but someone has to do it. In honour of People magazine ‘Most Beautiful People’ list we put together our own selection of the most lovely mugs out of Ireland.

Yes, we here at IrishCentral took on the painstaking job of staring at countless images of attractive Irish men and women to determine the 10 hottest.

And now here they are: the hottest ten out of Ireland – enjoy!

The Men

Forget Colin Farrell…these five Irishman are way more good looking, put-together and talented, if I may say…

1. Cillian Murphy

His windswept hair, his piercing blue eyes, his constant brooding expression – it may be a little cheesy, but we’re into it.

The County Cork native is a successful actor, both at home as a leading man in movies like “Intermission” and “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” and overseas as the “bad guy” in movies like “Batman Begins" and “Red Eye” and of course the massive hit “Inception”, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

Whatever the role, we appreciate Cillian’s (pronounced KILL-ian’s) talent  - and looks.

2. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

He may be a bit of a Colin Farrell-bad boy (he was arrested in 2007 on charges of public drunkenness and breach of the peace and has attended rehab more than once…), but this Dublin-born actor, singer and model is heads above the rest when it comes to Irish star quality.

He’s earned awards for his television work (for “The Tudors” and “Elvis"), critical acclaim for his film work (most notably for his role in the crazy-fantastic glam rock flick “Velvet Goldmine”  and for his endearing part in the hit “Bend It Like Beckham”  and is known as a talented singer and model, posing for the likes of Hugo Boss.

But if his talent isn’t enough to make you fall for him, keep in mind, he ain’t that bad looking either…

3. John Duddy

Our one and only sportsman that made the list. “The Derry Destroyer” may sound scary, but when you get a look at him, fear will be the last thing on your mind.

Ireland’s famous middleweight boxer is known in the States for his fights at Madison Square Garden, including his St. Patrick’s Day fight against Leonard Pierre – all of which he won.

He is also known for his rugged handsomeness. Duddy has won over fans with his athleticism, looks and his commitment to Irish immigration reform in the U.S; the boxer has attended numerous Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform meetings, and even entered the ring in March 2006 donning an ILIR t-shirt.

4. Stuart Townsend

Nooo, this is not just Charlize Theron’s ex-partner – this is the handsome face of one of Ireland’s gifted actor/directors and also a new cast member of Peter Jackson’s new movie “The Hobbit”.

The dark-featured stud was first noticed overseas for his role of a seducer in 2000’s “About Adam,” and then as a vampire in 2002’s hit “Queen of the Damned,” which co-starred Aaliyah.

It’s his star power and good Irish looks that make this Howth, County Dublin native much more than Charlize’s former-arm candy…

5. Des Bishop

So technically he’s Irish American, but comedian Des Bishop is widely considered an honorary Irishman since he has lived in Ireland since he was 15, has created numerous Irish TV shows and is now fluent in Gaelic.

Therefore, we feel justified in claiming him as one of our own and adding him to the list (his boyish good looks and great sense of humor didn’t hurt his chances either).

New York City-born Des is famous in Ireland for his hilarious comedy shows and his stand up (and for singing “Jump Around” in Gaelic – “Leim Thart”).

And next time you watch Jim Sheridan’s excellent film “In America,” keep on the lookout for a high as a kite, hip hopping Wall Street type – that’d be our Des!

The Women

Irish women may not be in the global spotlight as much as Irish men, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of good looking, talented Irish lasses around!

1. Andrea Corr

This raven-headed beauty is easily one of Ireland’s best looking women. And age has done little to change this.

In 2000, Corr was voted 26 on FHM’s “100 Sexiest Women” list – no doubt if such a list were restricted to Irish women, Corr would rightfully stake her place at the top.

It’s certainly the case that she faces stiff competition in the looks department in her family from sisters Sharon and Caroline, but Andrea just about comes out on top. We can forgive her for making some occasionally pretty much God-awful music  - that other less attractive women simply wouldn’t get away – because, well, she is Andrea Corr and she should be allowed do as she pleases.

2. Lisa Hannigan

Probably one of the best things to have happened to Irish music in a long while was for Damien Rice to have kicked Lisa Hannigan out of his band. Hannigan had been his backing singer and was always the best thing about a lot of Rice’s songs. Rice always came across as being an entirely self-absorbed misery guts; Hannigan’s debut album "Sea Sew," is an altogether more charming affair, and one of the best solo albums from an Irish singer-songwriter in years.