Liam Neeson, the star of Schindler's List, Taken and The Chronicles of Narnia has been voted Ireland and the UK’s favourite Irish actor in a poll by Sky Movies HD, commissioned to celebrate its season of St Patrick’s Day weekend films.

With nearly a fifth of all votes (19.9%), Neeson soared above other Irish acting talent including Lawrence of Arabia star Peter O'Toole and Ballykissangel turned Hollywood star Colin Farrell, second and third with 9.1% and 7.6% respectively.

To celebrate St Patrick’s Day 2012, Sky Movies HD asked over 1,000 Irish and UK residents about their favourite Irish screen stars.

Four times Bond star Pierce Brosnan, most recently seen alongside Sarah Jessica Parker in I Don't Know How She Does It, was fourth in the poll (7.5%).

This was followed by a joint entry in fifth from upcoming The Hobbit star James Nesbitt and Richard Harris - the original Dumbledore actor in the Harry Potter films - tied with 6.9% each.

The second actor to play Dumbledore, acclaimed stage and screen star Michael Gambon, was sixth in the Irish talent list with 4.7%, narrowly beating the most popular Irish female star, Oscar winner Brenda Fricker, who was named seventh with 4.6%.

In eight place tied with 3.5% were The Usual Suspects star Gabriel Byrne and actor and director Kenneth Branagh.

Brendan Gleeson, known for roles in dark comedies In Bruges and The Guard followed in ninth place with 2.7% of the votes with original Miracle on 34th Street actress Maureen O'Hara the final name in the top ten list with 2.5%.

Despite high profile, critically acclaimed roles, stars Cillian Murphy, Chris O'Dowd and Shame star Michael Fassbender failed to secure places in the top ten of the public vote.