Sharon Rooney

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Sharon Rooney
Born (1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 30)
Years active2012–present
Notable work
My Mad Fat Diary
Home townGlasgow, Scotland

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 and Dawn in Brief Encounters.

Life and career[edit]

At the age of 16, Rooney left school to pursue her career in acting.[3] She enrolled on a performing arts course at Hull University.[3] She performed as a stand-up comedian,[4] and toured with a play in various schools across Britain.[5]

Rooney was cast for her first television role, that of Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary, a drama about a young woman who is released from a psychiatric facility.[6] The show was a success for E4 and Rooney received a BAFTA nomination at the British Academy Scotland Awards.[7][8] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston wrote "Sharon Rooney's performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable."[9] The role also saw her nominated for a Royal Television Society award in 2014.[10] In 2014, she was nominated in the Entertainment category at the 9th Young Scot Awards but lost to Nicholas McDonald.[11]

Rooney played a small part in the Sherlock episode "The Empty Hearse" in 2014.[12]

In January 2016 filming began for ITV's drama Brief Encounters, set in 1982 and revolving around four women who become involved in Ann Summers party planning. Brief Encounters debuted in July 2016, and stars Dame Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, and Angela Griffin.[13]

She played "Miss Atlantis" in the 2019 film Dumbo,[14] in which she performed the song "Baby Mine".[15]


Year(s) Title Role Notes
2013–2015 My Mad Fat Diary Rae Earl TV series, lead role, 16 episodes
2013 Under the Skin Party Girl (extra) Film
2014 Sherlock Laura TV, episode "The Empty Hearse"
2014 Comedy Playhouse Jules TV, 1 episode
2015 Hector Young Mother Film
2014–2015 Mountain Goats Jules TV sitcom
2016 Stag Brodie TV sitcom
2016–2017 Two Doors Down Sophie TV sitcom
2016–2018 Zapped Barbara TV sitcom, 15 episodes
2016 Brief Encounters Dawn TV series, lead role, 6 episodes
2018 No Offence Faye TV series
2019 Dumbo Miss Atlantis Film
2019 Jerk Ruth TV sitcom, supporting role, 4 episodes[16]
TBA Louis Wain Filming


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


  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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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