Birth Place: The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Saoirse Ronan is an 5' 6" (1.68 m) Irish-American actress whose birth name is Saoirse Una Ronan and was born April 12, 1994, in The Bronx, in New York City, USA. Saoirse is an Irish name that means "freedom" and her, last name, Ronan means "little seal." Her Irish parents Monica and Paul Ronan were living in New York City at the time of her birth and moved to County Carlow, Ireland when Saoirse was three years old. Her mother, Monica was a child actor, and her father, Paul (The Devil's Own (1997), Veronica Guerin (2003)) is also an actor. The family moved to Howth, County Dublin when Saoirse was a teenager. Saoirse was nominated twice for the Academy Award and numerous other nominations.
Saoirse made her grand screen debut in medical drama The Clinic (2003) on Irish public service broadcaster RTE. She went on to appearing in mini-serial Proof and started to audition for other movies such as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, etc. She was asked to attend a casting call at the age of twelve for Atonement (2007) and received the role as a 13-year-old aspiring novelist, Briony Tallis. Saoirse received excellent reviews for her performance and was nominated for the Motion Picture and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
A few facts about Saoirse:
- She has a border collie dog whose name is Sassy and misses her the most while away from home.
- She has dual citizenship in Ireland and the United States.
- Entertainment Weekly ranked her #23 on '30 Under 30' the actress list.
- She was the second youngest actress to get a second Oscar nomination at the age of 21.
- She supports Manchester United although she does not watch football.
- Peter Jackson cast Saoirse as the lead character in, The Lovely Bones (2009) after viewing her audition tape that she sent in from Ireland. Peter did not feel the need to meet her before offering the role to her.
- She utilizes her martial arts skills in action scenes.
- Big fan of Breaking Bad (2008)
2005 - Saoirse started working on I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007) in 2005 in Los Angeles and London. The movie went straight-to-DVD after because of financing, and a few deals disintegrated although it had a budget of US$25 million.
2007 - She starred in supernatural romantic thriller Death Defying Acts (2007) and also science fiction film, City of Ember (2007).
2008 - She was 13 years old when she was nominated for an Academy Award making her the seventh youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
2009 - She was cast to star in Robin Hood (2009), but she dropped out to star in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (2009).
2012 - She briefly dated actor George MacKay.
2015 - She was the youngest actress to win the best actress at the NYFCC for Brooklyn.
A few of her quotes
"Be the person I'm playing. That's what acting is. You're pretending to be someone else"
"I know a lot of people must think that The Lovely Bones (2009) is a pretty dramatic film and it's going to be really deep and dark and everything, but I promise you it's not. It's really humorous and funny and bright and happy. Then this awful thing happens and it kind of makes everyone really sad, obviously, but they have to get on with things. It's like the journey that Susie takes to learn to let go and realize that she can't be with her family anymore, and the same for her family. They have to let go and they know that they can't be with Susie. But it's a really funny, lighthearted thing. There's some really dramatic scenes in it as well, which is great with The Lovely Bones (2009) because you kind of get the best of both worlds. You get to do funny scenes and dramatic scenes. You get to cry, you get to laugh, so it's great - talking about The Lovely Bones (2009)"
"I like books that are exciting and that make you think about things, as well. I like things that have a twist - like Atonement (2007), which I haven't read obviously, as I'm a bit young"
"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"