Happy St Patrick’s Day! For those who don’t know why this day is celebrated, the Feast of Saint Patrick is a religious and cultural celebration in Ireland. So what makes it so popular in the rest of the world? Because it is celebrated in honor of Saint Patrick, the Christian saint, many Christians all over the world observe this day. It also serves as a break from the Lent traditions of not consuming alcohol or meat. So that’s a win-win! In Ireland, today is a national holiday. Do you know the stars who will be on a break today, celebrating this special day? Here are 10 celebs you probably didn’t know were Irish:


Aiden Gillen

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Game of Thrones’ worst villain is actually Irish. Littlefinger was born in the capital city of Dublin, where he spent all his childhood. Later, he moved to London, to take over the world, for sure. Aiden also appeared in the Irish film, Sing Street, which was nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes this year.


Evanna Lynch

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The actress, who played the iconic Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series, hails from County Louth in Ireland. Having made her debut in Harry Potter, Lynch has since been a part of an Irish film titled My Name Is Emily.


Jamie Dornan

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While he is known for playing Christian Grey on the big screen, Dornan in reality is 50 shades of green. The actor was born in County Down, and raised in Belfast, before he moved to London. He is also famous for his role as the serial killer Paul Spector in the crime drama series, The Fall, which is set in Northern Ireland.


Michael Fassbender

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While the man who made Magneto more iconic than ever is actually German, being born and raised in Germany, he’s also part-Irish. His mother hails from County Antrim in Ireland. But Fassbender spent part of his childhood in County Kerry, and the rest in Germany. Some stories even suggest that he is related to a great Irish leader of many years ago.


Colin Farrell

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The actor, who was last seen in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, hails from the capital city of Dublin. Farrell’s father and uncle even played for the local football team Shamrock Rovers FC. Naturally, the club is the actor’s favorite football team.


Liam Neeson

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The Schindler's List actor too was born and raised in County Antrim in Northern Ireland. He was Ulster's amateur senior boxing champion, before playing for football club Bohemian F.C. Neeson finally found his calling in acting, and moved to London.



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Singer, songwriter and the lead vocalist of U2 was born and raised in the capital. It was in Ireland where he met his wife and even the members of his band. Today, he even owns a hotel in Dublin, which goes by the name of Clarence.


Ruth Negga

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It recently came to light that the Loving actress is of Ethiopian descent. But Negga’s mother, Norra, hails from Ireland. After her father’s death when she was seven, she was raised by her mother in Limerick, Ireland, before she moved to London in 2006.


Pierce Brosnan

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Born in County Louth, and raised in County Meath, Mr. Bond is an Irishman through and through. When he was young, his father abandoned the family, and his mother subsequently moved to London. But Brosnan stayed in Ireland, and was raised by his grandparents.


Michelle Fairley

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Littlefinger’s love interest, Lady Catelyn Stark, also comes from Ireland, like him. The actress was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and moved to Belfast after her graduation. Even though she’s Irish, Fairley never appeared in an Irish film or show.