Here at the Irish think tank we have compiled a list of Hollywood starlets who wow audiences with their good looks, talent and Irish roots. Successful and talented, it is no surprise that many of the Hollywood starlets are proud of their links to the Emerald Isle.
Lindsay Lohan The troubled star began her career in acting at the tender age of ten. Growing up she modeled for Calvin Klein kids and Abercrombie Kids as well as appearing in hundreds of television commercials. Both her parents have considerable Irish roots which explains Lohan's red hair and pale complexion. While her erratic personal life has overshadowed much of her career as of late, undeniable the child star demonstrated her talent in a number of her lead roles.
Orla Brady The Dublin born starlet studied at the Ecole Phillippe Gaulier in Paris during her twenties. A career in modeling career later led her to acting. She has performed in both the Gate Theatre in Dublin and the Royal National Theatre in London. While she works on both sides of the Atlantic, much of her acting career has been focused in the UK and Ireland. She also appeared on the US drama "Nip/Tuck".
Born on the 10th of November 1977, Brittany Murphy was just 32 when she died in 2009. The blond actress enjoyed a successful career with memorable roles in films such as "Clueless", "Just Married" and "Sin City" to name a few. Her Mother Sharon was of Irish decent raised her as a single mom in New Jersey.
The thirty year old actresses career has really taken off in the last five years when she landed lead roles in films such as "500 days of Summer". The brunette is also a musician and singer songwriter and regularly performs with her band of She & Him. Of French and Irish decent the actress attended Crossroads a private school in Santa Monica, California where she befriended future co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Kate Hudson.
Nicknamed Katie by her two elder siblings, Katherine Heigl is most well known for her role as Dr Isobel (Izzie) Stevens in the "Greys Anatomy", an ABC medical drama. Heigl has both Irish and German ancestry. A career in modeling began when she was nine years old after her aunt sent pictures of her to a modeling agent in New York. On September 16, 2007, Heigl won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Izzie Stevens.
The "Devil Wears Prada" star was born in Brooklyn New York. Her main ancestry roots are Irish. Her mother was an actress and inspired a young Hathaway to follow in her footsteps. She played characters in family friendly films in her early career. But her first major role came in the television series "Get Real". A soprano, she performed in two concerts at Carnegie Hall as member of All- Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus. In 2002 she was named one of Teen People Magazine's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25.
This blond actress is most well known for her role as Donna Pinciotto in the long running Fox comedy show "That 70s Show". Born in Watchung New Jersey, her mother is an Irish Catholic. The youngest of five children she started studying acting at the age of 15. She has also worked as a model in Paris and Milan.
Vanessa Hudgens Claiming Irish heritage from her father's side, the High School Musical star is most well known for her role as Gabriella Montez in the hit musical series. Her talent for acting, singing and dancing landed her the role in the hit Disney series. Hudgens has been home schooled since the seventh grade. She has dated her on screen partner Zac Efron since 2007, that same year she was listed on the Forbes website as one of Young Hollywood's Top Earning-Stars.
Drew Barrymore's Hollywood career spans over 28 years. At the age of seven she landed her debut role in "E.T." The actress took a road trip around Ireland in 2001 and over five years later she told Parade magazine that she likes to run naked in Irish wheat fields! Last year she was Ranked number 40 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100. Despite never finishing high school her prolific professional career has spanned almost 3 decades. Her great great grandfather hailed from Ireland.
Voted most talented by her highs school senior class the Wisconsin born actress dropped out of her acting program in UCLA after two years. She went on to star in prominent roles in films such as "Anger Management", "Boogie Nights" and most recently "The Hangover". Of Irish Catholic decent the actress recently signed on the The Hangover sequel set to be released in 2011.