Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan
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Saoirse Ronan in 2015
Born Saoirse Una Ronan
(1994-04-12) 12 April 1994 (age 22)
The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States
Residence Manhattan, New York City, United States
Nationality Irish
Citizenship American, Irish
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Saoirse Una Ronan (/ˈsɜːrʃə ˈnə ˈrnən/ SUR-shə; born April 12, 1994)[1][2][3] is an Irish-American actress.[4][5] She is a two-time Academy Award nominee; receiving Best Supporting Actress nomination for Atonement (2007), and a Best Actress nomination for Brooklyn (2015). She also received three BAFTA Award nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, two Screen Actors Guild nominations and two Satellite Award.

She had her feature film debut in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007). Other notable film roles include City of Ember (2008), The Lovely Bones (2009), Hanna (2011), The Way Back (2010), Byzantium (2012), The Host (2013), and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

In January 2016, Ronan featured in Forbes '30 Under 30' in both the European and USA editions. [6] In March 2016, Ronan made her Broadway debut in a revival of The Crucible, playing the role of Abigail Williams.[7] In June 2016, Ronan appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, one of ten young leaders selected as 'Next Generation Leaders'. [8]

Early life[edit]

Born in The Bronx, in New York City,[9][10] Ronan is the only child of Irish parents Monica (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, who were living in New York City at the time.[10] Her father is also an actor, and her mother had acted as a child.[11] Ronan's family moved to County Carlow, Ireland, when she was three years old, before moving to Howth, County Dublin when she was a teen.[12][13]

Career[edit]

2003–09[edit]

Ronan made her screen debut on Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ, in the 2003 prime time medical drama The Clinic and then appeared in the mini-serial Proof.[14] During the same time, Ronan auditioned to play Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a role she eventually lost out to Evanna Lynch.[15]

Ronan's first film was Amy Heckerling's romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007). Initially shot in 2005 in Los Angeles and London, the film went straight-to-DVD after it had struggled to attract financing and several deals disintegrated during its post-production in spite of its budget of US$25 million.[16] At the age of twelve, Ronan was recommended for the role of Briony Tallis in the film adaptation of Atonement by Ian McEwan to director Joe Wright. She auditioned for the role and won the part. Briony Tallis, a 13-year-old aspiring novelist, who irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit. She starred alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. Wright grew more and more impressed with Ronan on-set, and Ronan declared her role a "fantastic part [to play]."[17] Budgeted at US$30 million, the film became a financial and critical success, resulting in a worldwide box office total of US$130 million and various awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film, Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama, and an 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.[18] Ronan herself received rave reviews for her performance, with Ty Burr of The Boston Globe calling her "remarkable [and] eccentric",[19] and was subsequently nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, ranking her among the ten youngest to be nominated for the latter.[20]

Saoirse Ronan at the 2008 European premiere of City Of Ember


In 2008, Ronan starred in both Death Defying Acts and the science-fiction fantasy film City of Ember. In Gillian Armstrong's supernatural romantic thriller Death Defying Acts, she played Benji McGarvie, the daughter of an impoverished and uneducated psychic, played by Catherine Zeta-Jones, who begins a passionate affair with magician Harry Houdini at the height of his career. Ronan was awarded an Irish Film & Television Award for her performance.[21] Released to a mixed reception,[22] the film was not a success at the box office, barely grossing US$8.3 million worldwide.[23] In Gil Kenan's City of Ember Ronan starred as Lina Mayfleet, a teenager who must save the people of the fictional underground city named Ember. The fantasy film, based on the 2003 novel by Jeanne DuPrau, received mixed reviews from critics,[24] and grossed US$17 million worldwide, well below its US$55 million budget.[25]

In 2009, Ronan was cast to star in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood but dropped out to star alongside Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (2009), an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alice Sebold. Ronan plays 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who, after being murdered, watches from the "in-between" as her family and friends struggle to move on with their lives while she comes to terms with her own death. Ronan and her family were originally hesitant for Ronan to accept her role in the film because of its subject matter, but agreed after meeting with Jackson, who described her as "just amazing on-screen".[26] The Lovely Bones was released to mainly mixed reviews from critics,[27] who criticised the film's story and its message.[28] Critics praised the acting however, particularly Ronan's, whose performance Richard Corliss of Time described as "magic".[28] The film garnered various accolades, winning Ronan a Critics' Choice Award and a Saturn Award as well as a second BAFTA Award nomination the following year.[29]

2010–2013[edit]

In 2010's The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir, Ronan played the character of Irena, a Polish orphan, who joins a group of prisoners who escape from the gulag in Siberia in 1940 and attempt to make a 4,000-mile trek to India. Shot on location in Bulgaria, India and Morocco alongside Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris,[30] the war drama film received generally positive reviews,[31] with The Telegraph calling it "a journey that feels awful and heroic and unfathomable – and one you’ll want to watch again".[32] Her performance in the film garnered Ronan her fourth IFTA Award.[33] In 2010, Ronan was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[34]

Ronan at the TIFF 2012 premiere of Byzantium

In 2011, Ronan starred as the title character in the action thriller Hanna about a 15-year-old girl who has been brought up in the Arctic wilderness to be the perfect assassin.[35] Co-starring Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana, the film marked her reunion with Atonement director Joe Wright, who was consulted after Ronan prompted the producers to consider him.[36] Driven by prominent dark fairy tale elements,[37] Hanna earned generally positive reviews by critics,[38] while Ronan garnered acclaim for her performance, winning her an PFCS Award[39] and another IFTA Award.[37] In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called Ronan an "acting sorceress."[40] In November 2011, Ronan took part in a promotion for the Irish Film Institute Archive Preservation Fund, in which she was digitally edited into popular Irish films of the past, as well as documentary footage.[41] In that same month, Ronan was announced as an ambassador for the ISPCC.[42] Also in 2011, Ronan was cast in the title role for Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Arrietty's United Kingdom release.[43] Later that year, she was in talks to play the woodland elf Itaril in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film series but eventually withdrew,[44] citing schedule issues.[45][46] The character was never recast and does not appear in the Hobbit films. She was cast as Kitty in Joe Wright's Anna Karenina but dropped out due to scheduling.

Ronan's next film was Andrew Niccol's film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's novel The Host in which she plays the dual main characters of Wanderer and Melanie Stryder, a human rebel who was captured and implanted with a parasitic alien soul.[47] The film debuted in cinemas in March 2013 and generally panned by critics, who called it "poorly scripted and dramatically ineffective".[48] Also in 2013, Ronan starred in director Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium, an adaptation of the play of the same name,[49] and in Geoffrey S. Fletcher's directorial debut Violet & Daisy, where she again played a teen assassin.[50]

Ronan's last film in 2013 was the film adaptation of the 2004 novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.[51] In the film, she plays a New York City teenager who is sent to stay with cousins on a remote farm in the United Kingdom during the outbreak of a fictional third world war. Directed by Kevin Macdonald, it was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[52]

On 2 December 2013, Ronan announced the winner of the Turner Prize in Derry as part of the UK City of Culture 2013, and presented the prize to Laure Prouvost.

2014-present[edit]

Ronan appeared as the female lead, Agatha, in Wes Anderson's Academy Award nominated/winner The Grand Budapest Hotel, co-starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Jude Law and Owen Wilson.[53] In 2015, Ronan starred as Leia in the psychological thriller Stockholm, Pennsylvania directed by Nikole Beckwith.[54][55] Ronan was considered for the titular role in Disney's 2015 remake of Cinderella, but the part eventually went to English actress Lily James.[56]

In 2015, Ronan starred as one of two female leads in Lost River, a directorial debut by Ryan Gosling. Ronan played the lead role of Eilis Lacey in the universally acclaimed film Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley. It is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin.[57] The film was released on 6 November 2015, and Ronan's performance earned her widespread acclaim from critics. In January 2016, Ronan received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress,[58] while the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.

It was announced in February 2016, that Ronan will star in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's 2007 Booker Prize nominee novel/novella On Chesil Beach alongside her The Seagull co-star Billy Howle. The film will be directed by Dominic Cooke, and was produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley through their production company Number 9 Films in conjuction with BBC Films.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2015, Ronan backed the Yes side in the Marriage Equality Referendum regarding an amendment to the constitution of Ireland to mandate provision for same-sex marriage. Speaking at a "Get out the vote" event organised by Yes Equality, Ronan said "It’s like when black and white people couldn’t marry, Protestants and Catholics couldn't marry for a long time, and you think of it as being so ridiculous now... these are all things that we consider to be so backwards and dated, and it will be viewed as that if we get a No vote."[59]

Ronan holds dual US/Irish citizenship. [60] Since January 2016, Ronan resides in Manhattan, New York City.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Izzie Mensforth
2007 Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, TheThe Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Celia Hardwick
2007 Atonement Briony Tallis
2007 Death Defying Acts Benji McGarvie
2008 City of Ember Lina Mayfleet
2009 Lovely Bones, TheThe Lovely Bones Susie Salmon
2010 Arrietty Arrietty (voice) English dub
2010 Way Back, TheThe Way Back Irena Zielińska
2011 Hanna Hanna Heller
2011 Violet & Daisy Daisy
2012 Byzantium Eleanor Webb
2013 Host, TheThe Host Melanie Stryder / Wanderer "Wanda"
2013 How I Live Now Daisy
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Talia Voice role
2014 Grand Budapest Hotel, TheThe Grand Budapest Hotel Agatha
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Ballet Dancer Cameo
2014 Lost River Rat
2015 Stockholm, Pennsylvania Leia Dargon
2015 Brooklyn Éilis Lacey
2016 Loving Vincent Margaret Gachet Voice role; in post-production
2017 Seagull, TheThe Seagull Nina Zarechnaya In post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003, 2004 Clinic, TheThe Clinic Rhiannon Geraghty 4 episodes
2005 Proof Orla Boland 4 episodes
2014 Robot Chicken Various voices 2 episodes

Stage[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Crucible Abigail Williams Walter Kerr Theatre

Awards and nominations[edit]

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