Saoirse Ronan

Who Is Saoirse Ronan?

Saoirse Ronan is an Irish-American actress born on April 12, 1994, in New York City. She began her career on the Irish television shows The Clinic and Proof, before delving into films in Hollywood. Ronan was featured in the 2007 movies I Could Never Be Your Woman and Atonement, the latter garnering her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Other roles followed, including the lead in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones and the titular character of the action flick Hanna (2011). She received her second Oscar nomination for her lead role in the 2015 drama Brooklyn, and won a Golden Globe for her performance in the coming-of-age tale Lady Bird (2017).

Early Acclaim

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in New York City on April 12, 1994, to Irish parents, actor Paul Ronan and his wife, Monica. Ronan’s family moved back to Ireland during her childhood. She eventually appeared on the TV series The Clinic and Proof before returning to America and breaking into Hollywood. Ronan debuted on the big screen in a supporting role in 2007’s I Could Never Be Your Woman, starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

That same year, Ronan appeared in the award-winning drama Atonement, a film adapted from the Ian McEwan novel that also starred Keira Knightley. For her performance as 13-year-old Briony Tallis, Ronan received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress.

Oscar Nod for ‘Brooklyn’

The talented young actress followed with a role in The Lovely Bones (2009), Peter Jackson’s big-screen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s acclaimed novel. Ronan played the part of Susie Salmon, a young girl who is brutally raped and murdered and then watches her family cope from heaven.

Ronan took on the titular role in the 2011 action film Hanna, and the following year she starred in the vampire flick Byzantium. Proving her ability to adapt to a wide range of genres, she joined the ensemble cast of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and she later earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for her performance in the film festival favorite Brooklyn (2015).

‘Lady Bird’

In late 2017, Ronan earned a Golden Globe nomination for her lead role in Greta Gerwig’s highly acclaimed Lady Bird, a coming-of-age tale about a high school student’s relationship with her mom and friends. She kicked off 2018 by beating out stiff competition from the likes of Judi Dench and Helen Mirren for the first Golden Globe win of her career, and later found herself among the Oscar nominees for Best Actress.

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