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Watch out Colin, rising stars are hot on your heels

ONCE we depended on Pierce Brosnan and Liam Neeson to fly the green flag in Hollywood -- but not anymore.

Our leading men are getting younger and if they land the big roles, we could soon have a whole new list of household names.

Daniel Day-Lewis has grabbed world headlines in recent weeks for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, but a list of rising stars are hot on his heels.

And you can forget about leprechauns and twee accents, this is all about Transformers and Hobbits.

Here are Ireland's hottest actors about to make the big time.

Robert Sheehan

Viewers were devastated when Darren and his trademark hoodie made a swift and sudden exit from Love/ Hate.

But it seems Robbie Sheehan is moving on to bigger and better things. Namely, The Mortal Instruments franchise.

The film has been tipped as the next Twilight and Sheehan has already been dubbed the new R-Pattz.

Cassandra Clare's vampire flick, which also stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers, is predicted to be this year's highest grossing summer blockbuster.

If everything goes according to plan, the movie will catapult Sheehan to a level of fame Dazzler never knew existed.

Domhnall Gleeson

Domhnall Gleeson comes from serious acting stock; his dad Brendan is considered one of Ireland's best actors and it looks like Domhnall is following in the old man's footsteps.

The actor, who first came to prominence playing the Weasley twins in Harry Potter, is the lead in Lenny Abrahamson's next film Frank.

Domhnall will share the screen with Hollywood heavyweights Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal in this upcoming comedy.

And Domhnall will have girls' hearts all a flutter as he plays the romantic lead in upcoming rom-com About Time.

Rachel McAdams is Domhnall's dream girl in this film about love and time travel.

Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor has gone from being an unknown actor in small budget Indie flicks to a Hollywood superstar in a matter of weeks.

No one could have predicted Jack's meteoric rise to fame. And it looks like his star will continue to rise.

Jack blew critics away with his subdued performance in What Richard Did and hasn't looked back.

Hollywood can't get enough of the Blessington boy. He was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg for a role in Vaughan's latest comedy The Delivery Man.

And now he's landed one of the biggest gigs in Hollywood; taking over from Shia LaBeouf in Michael Bay's fourth Transfomer film.

Eoin Macken

Eoin Macken (29) is being tipped as the next Colin Farrell.

The former Abercrombie and Fitch model caught TV Exec's attention in Merlin and the dark-haired actor will star as a medic in NBC show After House.

The star has several big projects in the pipeline and with a jaw line like that, there's no stopping him.

While Irish men seem to be leading the way in Hollywood, Irish actresses aren't making quite the same impression.

Charlene McKenna and Ruth Negga have both spoken about the difficulties of breaking into Hollywood.