Five More Irish Stars To Make Us Proud in 2018

Irish Stars of 2018

The festive issue of Play magazine – read it right here if you haven’t already! – pays tribute to some of the Irish acting talent who’ve lit up screens big and small in 2018. Thing is, we couldn’t fit all of them! And so, with that in mind, we’re saluting another handful of homegrown heroes who’ve been flying the flag at home and abroad over the past 12 months – what a year it’s been for this lot…




Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope, Season One available now on Netflix, Virgin TV 999


The highly-touted Dub popped up in Kirwan’s summer sensation, but she doesn’t seem like the type to rest on her laurels. A second season of her hilarious sitcom certainly hit the mark too, and her horror debut is slated to hit cinemas at the start of next year – so yeah, keeping busy! Oh, and she appeared in a film released during the summer too, alongside the next fella…




Dublin Oldschool, available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99


As the man responsible for the awesome stage version, it was only right that when Dublin Oldschool got the movie treatment the Tallaght man was leading the way. He’s back treading the boards for the Christmas period, but we can only imagine it’s a matter of time before the bright lights and big screen are calling once more…






Striking Out, Seasons 1 & 2 available now on RTÉ Player


The year was bookended by two terrific TV series starring the inimitable Dublin actress; the courtroom drama to start, and the hilarious Finding Joy to finish. Add in the fact that the latter came from her own hand, too, and you realise what a massively multi-talented performer we’re dealing with!




Blood, available now on Virgin Media Player


From My Left Foot and The Crying Game to Line of Duty, the Fermanagh man’s talents are no secret – so how good it was to see him plying his trade on our shores! His performance as Jim Hogan was a study in subtlety and nuance, and a demonstration that Ireland can go toe-to-toe with anywhere when it comes to top-notch drama!




The Devil’s Doorway, available to rent now on Virgin Movies from €4.99


You may not know the name right now, but it’s one worth remembering. If you’ve seen her blood-chilling debut, however, you’ll need no reminding of it – it’s the sort of film that stays with you for weeks! Horror at its most striking, it was one of the surprise hits of the year on these shores, and marked the Belfast writer and director as someone to keep an eye on in years to come…





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