Tom Cruise is 'honoured' to be Irish

Actor Tom Cruise has said he is 'honoured' after he received a certificate to mark his Irish roots after researchers discovered one of his ancestors restored evicted tenants to lands just before the famine.

Patrick Russell Cruise, his great-great-great grandfather, returned from America to Ireland after his land agent forced families from farms in Co Westmeath in 1843.

Tom embraces his Irish roots Credit: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Cruise was in Dublin for the premiere of his latest blockbuster Oblivion at the Savoy cinema, engagements with the Irish Film Board, a pre-recorded Late Late Show interview and a visit to the Guinness brewery.

The star said: "It's a great honour for me and for my whole family - I can't wait to bring it back to them and enlighten them on their history.

"I'm very proud to be Irish. There's a pride in America of being Irish. I can't wait to come back and I want to visit the land of my ancestors and the castle that they had."

Tom Cruise enjoys a pint of Guinness Credit: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Barack Obama has also previously celebrated his own Irish roots, enjoying a pint of Guinness on St Patrick's Day.