Saoirse Ronan is a two-time Academy Award nominated actress despite being all of 23. Yeah, she’s accomplished more in her short life than you have ever. Feel bad about that.
Ronan was surprisingly born in The Bronx, New York, but moved to Ireland when she was three years old. Thankfully, the bright lights of Hollywood were able to bring this gorgeous actress back stateside.
Ronan made her screen debut in 2003 on Irish public service broadcast RTE and in the prime time medical drama The Clinic. Never heard of them? That’s okay, neither have we. Don’t sweat it. Fun fact: during this time, Ronan also auditioned to play Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Sadly, she lost the role to Evanna Lynch.
At 12, Ronan beat out a slew of other young actresses for the role of Briony Tallis in Atonement alongside Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. At the time, Ty Burr of The Boston Globe called her performance “remarkable and eccentric.” The part would earn Ronan her first Academy Award nomination, this one for Best Supporting Actress.
Notable roles followed in big time movies such as The Lovely Bones (2009), The Way Back (2010) and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). However, her most acclaimed role to date was as the lead in 2015’s Brooklyn, which was nominated for three Oscars and saw Ronan score a nomination for Best Actress.
Going forward, Ronan can be seen in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach, and in the animated Loving Vincent.