Markéta Irglová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈmarkɛːta ˈɪrɡlovaː]) (born 28 February 1988, in Valašské Meziříčí, Czech Republic) is a Czech singer-songwriter, musician and actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly" at the 80th ceremony, which was co-written with Glen Hansard.
Early life 
Irglová began taking piano lessons at age 8 and began playing the guitar at age 9.
Irglová is a member of the band The Swell Season with Glen Hansard. The band released its eponymous album on Overcoat Recordings in 2006. In 2007, Irglova co-starred in the indie film Once. Irglová co-wrote many of the songs for the film including "Falling Slowly", which received an Academy Award for Best Original Song. The film won the World Cinema Audience Award for a dramatic film at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Irglová appeared on the 2007 I'm Not There soundtrack with the Swell Season's version of Bob Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere".
Personal life 
She met Glen Hansard in 2001 when she was 13-years old. Her father organized a music festival in the Czech Republic and booked The Frames. Hansard played a large part not only in her development as an artist and song writer but also in launching her career. Although they met years earlier, her romantic relationship with Hansard began during the making of the film Once and ended in 2009. Irglova married Tim Iseler in 2011 and announced their divorce in 2012.
with The Swell Season 
Awards and nominations 
- Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – "Falling Slowly" from Once
- Grammy Award 2008 (50th Annual Grammy Awards) Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media – Once
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