Connery beats Irish pair as top British actor in US

Sean Connery has been voted the top British actor in America, but two Irish actors are featured in the list — and referred to as British.

Connery, 83, saw off stiff competition from the likes of Daniel Craig and Colin Firth to top the annual Q Score Chart.

Silence Of The Lambs star Anthony Hopkins was second while former Man from Uncle star David McCallum was in fourth place.

Irish actors Liam Neeson and Daniel Day Lewis took third and fifth places respectively in the poll.

Neeson, currently taking Hollywood by storm in a series of action movies, was born in Ballymena, and London-born Daniel Day-Lewis, whose father the late poet laureate Cecil Day Lewis, was born in Ballintubber, Co Mayo, took out Irish citizenship over a decade ago.

Last year, Day-Lewis was feted for his portrayal of former US president Abraham Lincoln in the hit movie Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg.

Henry Schafer, executive vice president of the Q Scores Company, said: “Awareness of Sean Connery and his appeal was strong across the country and with all ages. He was not working so much but he had already transcended in the way people felt about him.”

Meanwhile, a hideaway home near Bray, Co Wicklow, once owned by Connery is going on the market next month.

The entire contents of Violet Hill, many once owned by the James Bond star himself, are also up for grabs. They include Connery’s croquet set he used to play with Peter Ustinov, Liza Minnelli, Peter Sellers and Laurence Olivier.

The contents of the house are expected to fetch at least €500,000, while the secluded house itself is estimated at about €1.6m.

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