Saoirse Ronan

Last updated on the 5 July 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 12 April 1994, New York City, U.S.A.

Saoirse Ronan is an Irish-American actress known for her remarkable talent and versatility in the film industry. Saoirse’s name, pronounced “Sir-sha,” means “freedom” in Irish, a fitting moniker for a performer who has established herself as one of the most captivating young actors of her generation.

Saoirse was raised primarily in Ireland by her Irish parents, Monica and Paul Ronan, who both worked in the entertainment industry. Her early exposure to the world of acting and performance set the stage for a career that would see her rise to international stardom.

Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis in Atonement
Saoirse Ronan as Briony Tallis in Atonement

Saoirse Ronan showed a natural inclination towards acting, making her on-screen debut at the age of 9 in the Irish medical drama series “The Clinic.” Her breakthrough role came in 2007 when she starred in the critically acclaimed film “Atonement,” directed by Joe Wright. Saoirse’s portrayal of Briony Tallis earned her widespread praise and her first Academy Award nomination, establishing her as a rising star in the industry.

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots

Despite her busy acting schedule, Saoirse Ronan prioritised her education and attended Ardattin National School in County Carlow, Ireland. She later pursued homeschooling to accommodate her burgeoning acting career, demonstrating a strong work ethic and commitment to both her studies and her passion for acting. Saoirse’s dedication paid off as she continued to deliver compelling performances in a variety of roles, showcasing her range and depth as an actress.

In addition to her acclaimed work in film, Saoirse Ronan has made notable appearances on television, including guest roles in popular series such as “Saturday Night Live” and “The Simpsons.”

In 2024 Saoirse Ronan’s impressive performance in “The Outrun” earned her another accolade. After receiving critical praise at Sundance and Berlin film festivals, she has now taken home the Biarritz Nouvelles Vagues Festival’s top acting award.


Suggested viewing


The Outrun (2024)

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Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.6

A young woman, seeking solace from a battle with alcoholism, returns to the windswept beauty of her childhood home on the Orkney Islands. There, amidst the familiar yet distant landscape, she confronts the ghosts of her past and searches for the strength to build a future free from the demons that chased her away.

Top cast: Saoirse Ronan, Stephen Dillane, Saskia Reeves, Lauren Lyle, Paapa Essiedu, Izuka Hoyle, Naomi Wirthner.


Brooklyn (2015)

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Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

“Brooklyn” is a heartwarming coming-of-age story set in the 1950s, following the journey of Eilis Lacey, a young Irish immigrant who leaves her small hometown to start a new life in Brooklyn, New York. As she navigates love, homesickness, and the pursuit of her dreams, Eilis discovers the true meaning of home and self-discovery.

Top cast: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent, Julie Walters, Jessica Paré, Eve Macklin, Brid Brennan, Fiona Glascott.


Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Mary Queen of Scots poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.3

“Mary Queen of Scots” portrays the riveting life of Mary Stuart, the young queen of Scotland, and her tumultuous relationship with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Set in the 16th century, the film explores the political and personal challenges faced by these powerful women as they face betrayal, rivalry and the struggle for power in a male-dominated world.

Top cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant, Guy Pearce, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Adrian Lester.

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Ammonite (2020)

Ammonite poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.5

“Ammonite” is a poignant love story set in the 19th century, inspired by the life of paleontologist Mary Anning. The film follows the unlikely romance between Mary and a young woman named Charlotte, who is sent to convalesce by the sea. As their relationship deepens, they discover new perspectives on love, passion and self-discovery amidst societal constraints.

Top cast: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle, Alec Secăreanu, Fiona Shaw, Sarah White, Liam Thomas, Sam Parks.


Atonement (2007)

Atonement poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.8

“Atonement” is a gripping tale set in the 1930s and beyond. It revolves around Briony, a young aspiring writer, who makes a false accusation against Robbie, the lover of her sister Cecilia. The story examines the consequences of Briony’s actions and explores themes of guilt, love and the power of storytelling.

Top cast: Keira Knightley, James McAvoy, Romola Garai, Saoirse Ronan, Brenda Blethyn, Vanessa Redgrave, Juno Temple, Benedict Cumberbatch, Harriet Walter.


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