PROFILE
Name:
Saoirse Ronan
Birth Date:
New York City, New York, USA
Birth Place:
April 12, 1994
BIOGRAPHY
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Atonement

Background:

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan achieved international recognition at age 13 thanks to her portrayal of Briony Tallis on the 2007 film “Atonement,” opposite Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. The role also brought her an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, among other awards and nominations. She received further recognition for her performances in the films “The Lovely Bones” (2009), “The Way Back” (2010), “Hanna” (2011), “Violet & Daisy” (2011) and “The Host” (2013).      

Ronan is a supporter for the Irish Blue Cross. In 2012, she appeared on a campaign video to encourage Irish food and drink manufacturers to become more sustainable.

Sersh

Childhood and Family:

Saoirse Una Ronan was born on April 12, 1994, in New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Paul Ronan and Monica Ronan. His father was an actor while living NYC and had worked with Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford in “The Devil's Own” (1996). Her family returned to Ireland when she was three years old. Saoirse grew up in County Carlow, Ireland and was educated at Ardattin Village's school and Kilkenny College. Her nickname is Sersh.

The Lovely Bones

Career:

Saoirse Ronan kicked off her acting career at the age of 9 with a recurring role as Rhiannon Geraghty on the first season of the popular Irish medical drama series “The Clinic.” She next appeared as Orla Boland in the TV mini serial “Proof” (2005). Two years later, Ronan made her big screen debut in “I Could Never Be Your Woman,” a romance/comedy film directed and written by Amy Heckerling and starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Paul Rudd. There she played Michelle Pfeiffer's daughter named Izzie. The same year, she starred with Tom Berenger, Joely Richardson and Luke Ward-Wilkinson in the British film “The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” and was cast opposite Guy Pearce, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Timothy Spall in “Death Defying Acts,”a British drama/thriller film helmed by Gillian Armstrong. The latter film brought her a 2009 Irish Film and Television in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film and an Australian Film Institute nomination for Young Actor.

Ronan's big break arrived when she landed the role of the young Briony Tallis in the movie adaptation of Ian McEwan's book, “Atonement” (2007), directed by Joe Wright. The film received positive reviews and was a commercial success. Delivering bright performance, Ronan was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role  and won the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female, the Sierra Award for Youth in Film – Female and the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film. She also collected nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, the Empire Awards (for Best Newcomer), the London Film Critics Circle Awards, the Online Film Critics Society Awards, the Satellite Awards and the Young Artist Awards.    

In 2008, Ronan was cast as Lina Mayfleet, descendant of the 7th Mayor of Ember, on the science fiction/fantasy movie “City of Ember,” based on the 2003 novel of the same name by Jeanne DuPrau. She earned an Irish Film and Television nomination in the category of Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Film for her performance. Directed by Gil Kenan, “City of Ember” received mixed reviews from critics and was a box office failure.  

Ronan again gained recognition for her portrayal of Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl who is killed by her neighbor, on the Peter Jackson supernatural drama film “The Lovely Bones” (2009), adapted from the bestselling of the same title by Alice Sebold. She took home a Saturn for Best Performance by a Younger Actor, BAFTA's Critics Choice for Best Young Actor/Actress, an Irish Film and Television for Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Film, Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Virtuoso Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society's Sierra Award for Youth in Film and a Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Performance by a Youth – Female, not to mention the nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role at the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics Association , the Detroit Film Critics Society, the Houston Film Critics Society, the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association and the Young Artist Awards.   

After co-starring with Colin Farrell, Mark Strong and Jim Sturgess in Peter Weir's drama “The Way Back” (2010), in which she played the role of Irena, an Orphaned Polish girl on the run, Ronan had the title character on “Hanna” (2011), a British/German action/thriller movie directed by Joe Wright. For her performance as an assassin trained by her ex-CIA agent father, she won an Irish Film and Television for Best Actress – Film and a Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female. She also was nominated for a  Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress, a St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress, a London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year, a Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor and a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress.

Ronan played Daisy in Geoffrey S. Fletcher's action/comedy “Violet & Daisy,” which  premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Films Festival before being released in the US on June 7, 2013, Eleanor in the 2012 British/Irish fantasy/thriller movie “Byzantium,” for director Neil Jordan, and Melanie Stryder / Wanda in the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's “The Host” (2013), where she co-starred with Jake Abel, Max Irons, Frances Fisher, Chandler Canterbury, Diane Kruger and William Hurt.

Ronan will provided the voice of Talia in the upcoming Spanish 3D computer-animated film “Justin and the Knights of Valour,” which is for a September 13, 2013 release. She will play Daisy in the British drama film “How I Live Now,” which is set to be released on October 18, 2013. Additionally, the talented actress will play roles on the forthcoming movies “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014, directed by Wes Anderson), “How to Catch a Monster” (2014, directed, written and produced by Ryan Gosling), “Testament of Youth” and “Mary Queen of Scots” (2014).  
                
Awards:

Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best Actress – Film, “Hanna,” 2012
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female, “Hanna,” 2011
Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film, “The Way Back,” 2011
Saturn: Best Performance by a Younger Actor, “The Lovely Bones,” 2010
BAFTA: Critics Choice Award, Best Young Actor/Actress, “The Lovely Bones,” 2010
Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Film, “The Lovely Bones,” 2010
Santa Barbara International Film Festival: Virtuoso Award, “The Lovely Bones,” 2010
Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Sierra Award, Youth in Film, “The Lovely Bones,” 2009
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Performance by a Youth – Female, “The Lovely Bones,” 2009
Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film, “Death Defying Acts,” 2009
Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film, “Atonement,” 2008
Irish Film and Television (IFTA): Rising Star Award, 2008
Las Vegas Film Critics Society: Sierra Award, Youth in Film – Female, “Atonement,” 2007
Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS): Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role – Female, “Atonement,” 2007 Show Less
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