22 October 1988
|Home town||Glasgow, Scotland|
Life and career
At the age of 16, Rooney left school to pursue her career in acting. She enrolled on a performing arts course at Hull University. She performed as a stand-up comedian, and toured with a play in various schools across Britain.
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. The show was a success for E4 and Rooney received a BAFTA nomination at the British Academy Scotland Awards. The Guardian's Sam Wollaston wrote "Sharon Rooney's performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable." The role also saw her nominated for a Royal Television Society award in 2014. In 2014, she was nominated in the Entertainment category at the 9th Young Scot Awards but lost to Nicholas McDonald.
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 also stars Dame Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, and Angela Griffin.
|2013 - 2015||My Mad Fat Diary||Rae Earl||TV Series Lead Role 16 episodes|
|2013||Sherlock||Laura||TV: 1 episode|
|2013||Under the Skin||Party Girl||Extra|
|2014||Comedy Playhouse||Jules||TV: 1 episode|
|2016–2017||Two Doors Down||Sophie||TV|
|2016||Zapped||Barbara||TV Series 9 episodes|
|2016||Brief Encounters||Dawn||TV Series Lead Role 6 episodes|
|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|
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