Saturday 16 February 2019

Michael Fassbender is officially Ireland's top actor, with three Game of Thrones stars in the top 10

Michael Fassbender attending Irish film premiere of Frank at Lighthouse Smithfield, Dublin
Michael Fassbender attending Irish film premiere of Frank at Lighthouse Smithfield, Dublin
Liam Neeson in Taken. The actor came second in the IMDB STARmeter rankings of Irish actors.
Jamie Dornan
Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon in 'Game of Thrones'
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actress Michelle Fairley arrives at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 21: Saoirse Ronan filming "Brooklyn" on May 21, 2014 in Coney Island New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

Lynne Kelleher

Michael Fassbender is officially the most popular Irish actor on the planet, according to the ultimate fame barometer.

The Oscar-nominated star is the highest ranking celebrity on IMDB's STARmeter rankings, which provides a snapshot of celebrity popularity based on the searches of millions of users on Internet Movie Database.

Liam Neeson is the second most popular actor on the site's worldwide fame grading, while Jamie Dornan is ranked third thanks to the soaring interest since he wrapped filming of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The rankings, which give a fascinating glimpse int op culture, has three stars of Game of Thrones among the top 10 Irish celebrities on the worldwide poll.

Game of Thrones' Jack Gleeson is in fifth place, while Michelle Fairley, who played Catelyn Stark, is in seventh place and Aidan Gillen is ninth.  Saoirse Ronan - ranking fourth place - is the only other female in the top 10.

Meanwhile, Jack Reynor has rocketed up the list in the past week thanks to the blockbuster opening weekend of Transformers: Age of Extinction - making it into sixth place.

Managing editor with IMDB Keith Simanton said the rankings, which are updated weekly, reflect the behaviour of millions of the site's users.

The IMDB poll is one of the ultimate yardsticks of a celebrity star power.

"It is an extraordinarily good indicator," said Mr Simanton.

"We see people's interest pretty early."

He said the site, which has 190 million visitors every month, reflects the current global popularity of Game of Thrones, with three of its Irish stars appearing in the top 10.

Colin Farrell just makes it into the list, at tenth - while the relatively unknown Colin O'Donoghue is at number 11 due to his starring role in one of America's biggest shows, Once Upon a Time.

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