Sharon Rooney

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Sharon Rooney
Born Sharon Rooney
(1988-10-22) 22 October 1988 (age 29)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present
Home town Glasgow, 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][3] 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.[4] She enrolled on a performing arts course at Hull University.[4] She performed as a stand-up comedian,[5] and toured with a play in various schools across Britain.[6]

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.[7] The show was a success for E4 and Rooney received a BAFTA nomination at the British Academy Scotland Awards.[8][9] The Guardian's Sam Wollaston wrote "Sharon Rooney's performance in the lead is natural, effortless and utterly believable."[10] The role also saw her nominated for a Royal Television Society award in 2014.[11] In 2014, she was nominated in the Entertainment category at the 9th Young Scot Awards but lost to Nicholas McDonald.[12]

Rooney played a small part in the Sherlock episode "The Empty Hearse" in 2013.[13]

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.[14]


Year(s) Title Role Notes
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
2015 Hector Young Mother Film
2014–2015 Mountain Goats Jules TV
2016 Stag Brodie TV
2016–2017 Two Doors Down Sophie TV
2016 Zapped Barbara TV Series 9 episodes
2016 Brief Encounters Dawn TV Series Lead Role 6 episodes


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



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