Sunday 21 January 2018

Neeson named greatest Irish actor

Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena
Liam Neeson was born in Ballymena

Hollywood star Liam Neeson has been named the greatest Irish actor, ahead of St Patrick's Day.

The Ballymena-born 59-year-old triumphed in two separate polls for Sky Movies and Lovefilm, which also saw Colin Farrell and Pierce Brosnan highly ranked.

Neeson's roles have included leads in Schindler's List and Michael Collins, Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars prequel The Phantom Menace and voicing Aslan in the Narnia series.

In a poll for Sky Movies - to mark its Irish actors season being screened on Saturday and Sunday - Neeson took a fifth of the votes. Second place went to Peter O'Toole, with Farrell third and Brosnan in fourth place.

The vote for streaming and rental service Lovefilm ahead of St Patrick's Day on March 17 places Farrell as runner-up with Michael Fassbender third and Brendan Gleeson fourth.

Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies, said: "Liam Neeson has shown why he is one of the most trusted and versatile actors of our time.

"Audiences continue to warm to his films and will no doubt flock to see him in Battleship and Wrath Of The Titans."

Press Association

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