Who is America's most favorite Irish star of all? Wikimedia Commons/IC

A recent survey asked Americans about which famous Irish people they admire the most, and the results were less than surprising. The usual suspects, like Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell, Pierce Brosnan, Fionnula Flanagan, and Cillian Murphy were all there. But who was first? 

Liam Neeson, of course!

Neeson began his climb to fame in the 1980’s after being cast as Sir Gawain in the film ‘Excalibur’ about England in the reign of King Arthur.

He then went on to win an Oscar for his performance in ‘Schindler’s List’ and is best known in Ireland for playing the part of celebrated Rebel hero Michael Collins in a movie of the same name.

Liam Neeson in Taken

Liam Neeson in Taken

Other high profile roles in blockbuster, such as ‘Love Actually’, have cemented his profile stateside - leading pollsters E-Poll Market Research to question the US public on how they perceive him.

Participants are given 46 personality traits from which they may rank an actor and Neeson scored a perfect score of 100.

The Newsletter reported that respondents universally considered him a “man of quiet intensity and one of the best actors in Hollywood history.”

The complete list was as follows:

  1. Liam Neeson

    Liam Neeson.

    Liam Neeson.

  2. Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan.

    Pierce Brosnan.

  3. Bono

    The Edge and Bono performing at Croke Park.

    The Edge and Bono performing at Croke Park.

  4. Colin Farrell

    Colin Farrell.

    Colin Farrell.

  5. Michael Fassbender

    Michael Fassbender.

    Michael Fassbender.

  6. Liam Cunningham

    Liam Cunningham.

    Liam Cunningham.

  7. Jonathan Rhys Meyers

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers photographed with his wife and Granny in Cork.

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers photographed with his wife and Granny in Cork.

  8. Chris O’Dowd

    Ray Ramano and Chris O'Dowd in Get Shorty.

    Ray Ramano and Chris O'Dowd in Get Shorty.

  9. Jamie Dornan

    Jamie Dornan.

    Jamie Dornan.

  10. Cillian Murphy

    Cillian Murphy.

    Cillian Murphy.

  11. Gabriel Byrne

    Gabriel Byrne.

    Gabriel Byrne.

  12. Fionnula Flanagan

    Fionnula Flanagan.

    Fionnula Flanagan.

  13. Aidan Gillen

    Aidan Gillen in Game of Thrones.

    Aidan Gillen in Game of Thrones.

  14. Saoirse Ronan

    Saoirse Ronan.

    Saoirse Ronan.

  15. Caitriona Balfe

    Caitriona Balfe in Outlander.

    Caitriona Balfe in Outlander.

Which of these Irish stars is your favorite? Tell us in the comment section. 

H/T: The Newsletter