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Saoirse Úna Ronan

Saoirse Úna RonanSaoirse Úna Ronan, born on the 12th of April 1994 in the Bronx in New York City is an Irish actress. She came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring as Briony Tallis in the film Atonement with James McAvoy and Keira Knightley, for which she received nominations for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award, making her one of the youngest actresses to receive an Oscar nomination. The only actresses younger than her to be nominated are Tatum O'Neal, Mary Badham, Quinn Cummings, Abigail Breslin, Patty McCormack and Anna Paquin.

Ronan is the only child of Irish parents Paul and Monica Ronan – her father an English-born actor who was living with his wife in New York at the time. Her family is Catholic. Ronan was raised in County Carlow, Ireland, having moved there when she was three years old - making her a dual citizen of Ireland and the United States.

She was home schooled while living in Carlow and as a baby, she sometimes accompanied her father onto the set when he was working on such films as The Devil's Own and Veronica Guerin. She is known as having an uncanny ear for accents.

Her film breakthrough was followed by her starring role in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones in 2009, for which she was awarded a Critics' Choice Award, a Saturn Award, and a second BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress. Peter Jackson cast her with the intent of having an "unknown" play the lead role of Susie Salmon, but things changed when in the middle of filming The Lovely Bones, Ronan was nominated for an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for her performance in Atonement.

Peter Jackson cast her as the lead character in his film The Lovely Bones based on an audition tape she sent in from Ireland. They were so impressed by the tape that they did not even meet her prior to offering her the role.

Saoirse Úna RonanTIME Magazine ranked her performance in The Lovely Bones as the 3rd greatest female performance of 2009 just behind Mo'Nique and Carey Mulligan, and ahead of Meryl Streep.

She has acted in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman in 2007, the supernatural film Death Defying Acts in 2008, the action thriller Hanna in 2011, How I Live Now in 2013 and Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel in 2014.

Ronan supports the Irish Blue Cross, as the charity had reunited her with her runaway dog Sassie. When asked about her name, she said: "Seer-sha' is how Irish people pronounce my first name, but I would pronounce it 'Sir-sha,' like 'inertia' - It's Irish for 'freedom.'

I recently found out that my middle name, Úna, means 'unity' in Ireland. And I think my last name means 'seal.' So I’m a free, unified seal."

In 2012, Ronan worked for free on a campaign video encouraging Irish food and drink manufacturers to become more sustainable. In 2013 Ronan bought a house in Howth, a suburb of Dublin.

In May 2012, Ronan helped launch photographer Barry McCall's exhibition and book, 'Pho20graphy', to support the Irish children's charity, ISPCC.

Saoirse Ronan made her screen debut on the Irish public service broadcaster RTÉ, in the 2003 primetime medical drama The Clinic and then appeared in the mini-serial Proof.

During the same time, Ronan auditioned to play Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, a role she unfortunately lost to Evanna Lynch.

Saoirse Úna RonanAt the age of twelve, Ronan was asked to attend a casting call for Joe Wright's film adaptation of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement. She auditioned for and won the part of Briony Tallis - a 13-year-old aspiring novelist, who irrevocably changes the course of several peoples lives when she accuses her older sisters lover of a crime he was not guilty of.

Working alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy, Joe Wright grew more and more impressed with Ronan on-set. With a budget of US$30 million, the film became a financial and critical success, with a worldwide box office total of US$130 million.

On top of that it recieved awards, including the BAFTA Award for Best Film, Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama, and an 2008 Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.

Ronan herself received excellent reviews for her performance, and was 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.

Ronan's next film was Amy Heckerling's often-delayed romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman in 2007. Initially shot in 2005 in Los Angeles and London, the film went straight to DVD after it had difficulties attracting financing in spite of a budget of US$25 million.

In 2008, Ronan starred in both Death Defying Acts and 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.

Saoirse Úna RonanRonan was awarded an Irish Film & Television Award for her performance in the film. Released to a mixed reception, the film was not a success at the box office, barely grossing US$8.3 million worldwide.

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 - a film based on the 2003 novel by Jeanne DuPrau.

In 2009, Ronan starred alongside Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alice Sebold, in which 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".

The Lovely Bones was released to mainly mixed reviews from critics, who criticised the film's story and its message. Critics praised the acting however, particularly Ronan's, whose performance Richard Corliss of Time Magazine described as "magic".

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.

Saoirse Úna RonanIn The Way Back, directed by Peter Weir, Ronan played the part of Irena, a Polish orphan, who joins a group of prisoners who escape from a gulag in Siberia in 1940 and attempt a 4,000-mile trek to India.

Shot on location in Bulgaria, India and Morocco alongside Jim Sturgess, Colin Farrell and Ed Harris, the film received generally positive reviews. Her performance in the film landed Ronan her fourth IFTA Award.

In 2011, Ronan starred as the title character in the film Hanna about a 15-year-old girl that was brought up in the Arctic wilderness to be the perfect assassin. 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.

Driven by a prominent dark fanatasy genre, Hanna earned generally positive reviews by critics, and at the same time Ronan got serious acclaim for her performance, winning her an PFCS Award as well as another IFTA Award.

In his review for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers called Ronan an "acting sorceress."

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

In that same month, Ronan was announced as an ambassador for the ISPCC. Also in 2011, Ronan was cast in the title role for Hiromasa Yonebayashi's Arrietty's United Kingdom release. Later that year, she was in talks to play an elf in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film series but eventually withdrew due to schedule issues.

Saoirse Úna RonanRonan'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.

The film debuted in cinemas in March 2013 and was generally panned by critics, who called it "poorly scripted and dramatically ineffective".

Also in 2013, Ronan starred in director Neil Jordan's vampire film Byzantium, an adaptation of the play of the same name, and in Geoffrey S. Fletcher's directorial debut of Violet & Daisy, where she again played a teen assassin.

Ronan's last film in 2013 was the film adaptation of the 2004 novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. 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.

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

Ronan appeared in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, which co-starred Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Jude Law and Owen Wilson; and in Lost River, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling

Saoirse Úna RonanIn April 2014, Ronan has been cast as Leia in the psychological thriller Stockholm, Pennsylvania directed by Nikole Beckwith. She was also cast as the lead role, Eilis Lacey, in John Crowley's film Brooklyn, which is based on the novel of the same name by Colm Toibin.

She is a huge fan of the television series Breaking Bad . Her five favorite movies are Taxi Driver, On the Waterfront, ¡Three Amigos!, Eraserhead and Windy City Heat. She is skilled at martial arts and often utilizes them in action scenes.

On being nominated for an Oscar she remarked: "It was unbelievable. Mom and I were in bed and dad was waiting up for the announcements again, because that's the way my daddy is. It's kind of a bit weird actually, in a good way, in a fantastic way. I never expected this in a million years to happen. I can't believe it. I'm really proud as well that two Irish paddies have been nominated for an Oscar for the same film. It's really great for Ireland, great..." .

Her thoughts on acting: "It's not work, it is more of a passion. It is so much fun and it is really makes you feel great at the end of the day. You feel like you are really after doing something good and you are after accomplishing something. Acting is one of these things that I can't really describe - it's just like, why do you love your mum and dad? You know, you just do..."

What was her reaction to being cast as Susie Salmon in the film The Lovely Bones?: "It wasn't one of those things where you hear about it and you jump up and down and scream. We just sat there on the couch in the living room and we're trying to figure out what they just said. 'Wait a minute, I've been cast in a Peter Jackson film.' For a few days, it was weird. I was just trying to get my head around it..."

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Filmography

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003–04 The Clinic Rhiannon Geraghty 4 episodes
2005 Proof Orla Kelly 4 episodes
2007 The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Celia Hardwick
2007 I Could Never Be Your Woman Izzie Mensforth
2007 Atonement Briony Tallis, age 13 Won – Dublin Film Critics' Circle Breakthrough Award
Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Irish Film & Television Award for Rising Star
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Women Film Critics Circle for Best Young Actress
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress
Empire Award for Best Newcomer
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
2008 Death Defying Acts Benji McGarvie Won – Irish Film & Television Award for Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Young Actor
2008 City of Ember Lina Mayfleet Nominated – Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
2009 The Lovely Bones Susie Salmon Won – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress
Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Youth in Film – Female
Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Youth Performance
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
2010 The Way Back Irena Won – Irish Film & Television Award for Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
2010 Arrietty Arrietty Voice only; UK version
2011 Hanna Hanna Won – Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role
Alliance of Women Film Journalists – Kick Ass Award for Best Female Action Star
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress
2011 Violet and Daisy Daisy
2012 Byzantium Eleanor Webb Won – Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role
Nominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Leading Actress
2013 The Host Melanie Stryder /
Wanderer "Wanda"
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress - Sci-Fi/Fantasy
2013 How I Live Now Daisy Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor
2013 Justin and the Knights of Valour Talia Voice only
2014 The Grand Budapest Hotel Agatha Won – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
International Online Film Critics' Poll for Best Ensemble Cast
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Young British Performer of the Year
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Herself Cameo
2014 Lost River Rat
2015 Stockholm, Pennsylvania Leia
2015 Brooklyn Eilis Lacey

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Nominated Work Result
2007 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Atonement Nominated
2007 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Atonement Nominated
2007 Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Atonement Nominated
2007 London Critics Circle Film Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year Atonement Nominated
2007 London Critics Circle Film Award for British Breakthrough - Acting Atonement Nominated
2007 Dublin Film Critics Circle Award for Breakthrough Award Atonement Won
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Newcomer Atonement Won
2007 Empire Award for Best Newcomer Atonement Nominated
2007 Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Atonement Nominated
2007 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Atonement Won
2007 International Online Critics Poll Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Italian Online Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Online Film Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Online Film Award for Best Youth Performance Atonement Won
2007 Online Film Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance Atonement Won
2007 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by a Young Actress Atonement Won
2007 St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Atonement Nominated
2007 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama Atonement Nominated
2007 Sierra Award for Best Young Actress Atonement Won
2007 Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Young Actress Atonement Won
2007 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Atonement Nominated
2008 Film Critics of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actress Death Defying Acts Nominated
2008 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Death Defying Acts Won
2008 Young Actor's Award - Film Death Defying Acts Nominated
2008 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Motion Picture City of Ember Nominated
2009 BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Young British Performer The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Critics Choice Award for Best Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Young Actor The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Motion Picture The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Online Film Award for Best Youth Performance The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Young Actress The Lovely Bones Won
2009 St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Scream Award for Best Fantasy Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2009 Sierra Award for Best Youth in Film The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Virtuoso Award The Lovely Bones Won
2009 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress The Lovely Bones Nominated
2010 London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Young British Performer The Way Back Nominated
2010 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture The Way Back Won
2011 London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Young British Performer Hanna Nominated
2011 Critics Choice Award for Best Young Actor Hanna Nominated
2011 Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Kick Ass Action Star Hanna Nominated
2011 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Motion Picture Hanna Won
2011 IGN Award for Best Actress Hanna Nominated
2011 Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Young Actress Hanna Won
2011 St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Hanna Nominated
2011 St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Special Merit Hanna Nominated
2011 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor Hanna Nominated
2011 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress Hanna Nominated
2013 London Critics Circle Film Award for Best Young British Performer Byzantium Nominated
2013 Chainsaw Award for Best Actress Byzantium Nominated
2013 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role - Motion Picture Byzantium Won
2013 British Independent Film Award for Best Actress How I Live Now Nominated
2013 Saturn Award for Best Performance by a Younger Actor How I Live Now Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy The Host Nominated
2014 London Film Critics Circle Film Award for Best Young British Performer The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
2014 Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
2014 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Won
2014 Critics Choice Award for Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
2014 Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Won
2014 Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Won
2014 San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
2014 Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated
2014 Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Young Actress The Grand Budapest Hotel Nominated



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Hanna is a 2011 action film directed by Joe Wright the director of Atonement and The Soloist which stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, and Cate Blanchett. It's the story of a teenage girl named Hanna who has been raised by her father in a Finnish forest. He has kept her completely severed from society and technology while raising her to be an assassin. The film follows her submergence into our world once she leaves home to find her mother.
Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.
How I Live Now is set in the near-future UK, Saoirse Ronan plays Daisy, an American teenager sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. Initially withdrawn and alienated, she begins to warm up to her charming surroundings and strikes up a romance with the handsome Edmund
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