Sharon Rooney

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Sharon Rooney
Born (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 32)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActress
Years active2012–present

Sharon Rooney (born 22 October 1988) is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary,[1][2] Sophie in Two Doors Down, Dawn in Brief Encounters, and Miss Atlantis in the 2019 remake of Dumbo.

Early life[edit]

Rooney was born in Glasgow on 22 October 1988. She left school at the age of 16 to pursue a career in acting,[3] and enrolled on a 3-year performing arts course followed by a degree in drama at Hull University.[3]

Career[edit]

Rooney began performing stand-up comedy,[4] and toured with a play in various schools across Britain.[5] Her first television role came when she was cast as Rae Earl, a young woman who is released from a psychiatric facility after four months, in the E4 teen comedy-drama series My Mad Fat Diary (2013–2015).[6] The show was a success and earned Rooney a BAFTA nomination at the British Academy Scotland Awards.[7][8] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston called Rooney's performance "natural, effortless and utterly believable".[9] The role also saw her nominated for a Royal Television Society award in 2014.[10] She was also nominated in the Entertainment category at the 2014 Young Scot Awards.[11]

Rooney played a small part in the Sherlock episode "The Empty Hearse" in 2014.[12] In July 2016, she appeared in the ITV drama series Brief Encounters, set in 1982 and revolving around four women who become involved in Ann Summers party planning.[13] She played Miss Atlantis in the 2019 film Dumbo,[14] in which she performed the song "Baby Mine".[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
2013 Under the Skin Party Girl
2015 Hector Young Mother
2019 Dumbo Miss Atlantis
TBA Louis Wain

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Rae Earl 16 episodes
2014 Sherlock Laura Episode: "The Empty Hearse"
2014–2015 Mountain Goats Jules 7 episodes
2016 Brief Encounters Dawn 6 episodes
2016 Stag Brodie Miniseries
2013/2016–2017 Two Doors Down Sophie
2016–2018 Zapped Barbara 15 episodes
2018 No Offence Faye 4 episodes
2019 Jerk Ruth 4 episodes[16]

Awards[edit]

Year Title Awards Category Result
2013 My Mad Fat Diary British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actor/Actress (Television) Nominated
2014 My Mad Fat Diary British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actor/Actress (Television) Nominated
2014 My Mad Fat Diary Royal Television Society Best Actress Nominated
2014 My Mad Fat Diary Broadcasting Press Guild Breakthrough Award Nominated
2015 My Mad Fat Diary British Academy Scotland Awards Best Actor/Actress (Television) Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "My Mad Fat Diary". Channel 4. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ Davies, Sophie (21 January 2013). "Rae Earl on My Mad Fat Diary". The Daily Telegraph.
  3. ^ a b Orr, Gillian (31 January 2014). "Unexpected agony aunt: How My Mad Fat Diary star Sharon Rooney transformed teen TV". The Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Interview: Sharon Rooney on 'My Mad Fat Diary". Time Out London. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Sharon Rooney up for actress award". Native Monster. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ "'Sherlock' Series Three To Feature 'My Mad Fat Diary' Star Sharon Rooney?". Huffington Post. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Tom Holland and Sharon Rooney among BAFTA's Breakthrough Brits". IndieLondon. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  8. ^ Christie, Janet (16 November 2014). "Sharon Rooney has 'won already' with Bafta nod". The Scotsman.
  9. ^ Wollaston, Sam (14 January 2013). "TV review: My Mad Fat Diary; Girls". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "Scottish My Mad Fat Diary Star Sharon Rooney nominated for RTS award". STV Shows. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  11. ^ Greenaway, Heather (13 April 2014). "Video: Young Scots 2014 Roll of Honour". Daily Record. Retrieved 2 November 2017.
  12. ^ Pook, Lizzie. "Girl meets world: Sharon Rooney". Stylist. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  13. ^ Durrant, Sabine (11 July 2016). "Brief Encounters: the thief, his mistress and the birth of Ann Summers". The Daily Telegraph.
  14. ^ 'Dumbo': Everything to Know About Disney's Live-Action Remake Directed by Tim Burton
  15. ^ "Dumbo Press Kit" (PDF). 11 March 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Lorraine Bracco joins Tim Renkow in new BBC Three comedy, Jerk". BBC Media Centre. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

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