Saoirse Ronan


Born: 2 April 1994
Birthplace: New York City,
Best known as: The young Irish actress who was in Atonement and Hanna

Saoirse Ronan is the Irish actress who was nominated for an Oscar at age 13 for her supporting role in the 2007 film Atonement. Born in New York to Irish parents, she grew up in County Carlow, Ireland and began acting in TV productions in 2003. Now working most often in feature films, Ronan has received the love of critics for nearly all her performances, even in poorly-received movies such as I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) or Death Defying Acts (2008, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones). She was Oscar-nominated for her Atonement role as Briony Tallis, the young teen who wrongly accuses her older sister's lover of a crime. Saoirse Ronan's other films include The Lovely Bones (2009, directed by Peter Jackson), City of Ember (2008, with Bill Murray), The Way Back (2010, starring Colin Farrell) and as a fist-fighting Nordic teen in the thriller Hanna (2011, with Cate Blanchett and Eric Bana).

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Saoirse Ronan’s first name is pronounced “sear-shuh”… She is an only child… Saoirse Ronan was nominated for an Academy Award in 2007 but didnt win; the best supporting actress award that year went Tilda Swinton for Michael Clayton.

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