St. Patrick’s Day may often seem like an excuse to do little more than drink and wear green makeup, but the holiday is also a chance to celebrate the Irish among us—especially when they come in the form of Michael Fassbender’s abs. The Irish actor may also have German heritage, but it’s thanks to his role as the IRA activist Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen’s 2008 film Hunger that Fassbender really entered the spotlight, a role he was so dedicated to that he dropped 40 pounds. He’s hardly the only actor in Hollywood to have Irish roots: Saoirse Ronan grew up in Dublin, a city where the model-turned-actress Caitriona Balfe, the Victoria’s Secret Angel Stella Maxwell, and the European pop goddess Roísín Murphy have also lived. All have also appeared in W, shot by photographers such as Willy Vanderperre, Peter Lindbergh, and Mert & Marcus. Revisit those images on St. Patrick’s Day—and in this embattled time for immigrants—here.
Before Jonathan Rhys Meyers made the world swoon in Bend It Like Beckham, the Dublin-born actor grew up in Cork, where he was scouted after being expelled from a 19th-century Gaelcholáiste school.
Descended from the 18th-century Irish Brewer Arthur Guinness, heiress, actress, model, and overall personality Daphne Guinness grew up in both England and Ireland.
The European pop goddess Róisín Murphy may have recently returned to America, but she’s always been unapologetically Irish, whether through her accented name or her lyrics.