Date of Birth: 12 April 1994
Saoirse Ronan biography:
Saoirse's father is actor Paul Ronan. Her first name is Irish and means "freedom". As a baby, accompanied her dad Paul on the set of The Devil's Own and was carried around by Brad Pitt. Her father is established actor Paul Ronan, known for films like The Devil's Own and Veronica Guerin. Her parents are Paul and Monica Ronan. Has a border collie dog named Sassy. Although in traditional Irish, the name Saoirse would be pronounced "seer-sha", she says it as "sur-shuh". Was in New Zealand when it was announced that she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Atonement. Was ranked #23 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actress list. (2008). Although she was born in New York City, she was raised in Ireland. She doesn't watch football, but supposes she supports Manchester United. She says she misses her dog Sassy the most whilst she's away from home. Her favorite books are "City of Ember" and "The Secret of Platform 13". Has an uncanny ear for accents, including English and American. In 2008, at the age of 13, she became the seventh youngest actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Atonement (2007). The only actresses younger than her to be nominated are Tatum O'Neal, Mary Bedham, Quinn Cummings, Abigail Breslin, Patty McCormack and Anna Paquin. Is an only child. Moved from New York to Ireland when she was three and has lived there ever since. 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 (2009), Ronan was awarded Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in Atonement (2007). Was cast in Ridley Scott's vision of Robin Hood (2010), but dropped out in order to do Peter Weir's film The Way Back (2010). Peter Jackson cast her as the lead character in his film The Lovely Bones (2009) 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.