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Saoirse Una Ronan (/ˈsɜːrʃə ˈuːnə ˈroʊnən/ SUR-shə; born 12 April 1994) is an Irish and American actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated for three Academy Awards and four British Academy Film Awards.
Ronan made her acting debut with the Irish medical drama series The Clinic in 2003 and made her film debut with a supporting role in the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman in 2007. Her breakthrough came with the part of a precocious teenager in Atonement (2007), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Ronan followed this with the starring roles of a murdered girl seeking closure in The Lovely Bones (2009), a teenaged assassin in Hanna (2011), a vampire in Byzantium (2012), and a baker in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Ronan made her stage debut as Abigail Williams in the 2016 Broadway revival of The Crucible.
Ronan received critical acclaim for playing a homesick Irish girl in 1950s New York in the romantic drama Brooklyn (2015) and the titular role of a high school senior in Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film Lady Bird (2017). She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for the latter and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for both films.
In 2018, Ronan starred in an adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull, in which she played Nina, an aspiring actress. In a mixed review of the film, Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post praised Ronan’s performance, writing that she “makes for an incandescent Nina, especially in her loopy final-act speech”. In the same year, she starred as Mary Stuart in the period drama Mary Queen of Scots, co-starring Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I of England. To maintain the distance between their characters, Robbie and Ronan did not interact with one another before filming their climactic encounter. The critic Todd McCarthy praised the performances of both actresses and credited Ronan for ” carr[ying] the film with fiercely individualistic spirit”. Labelling Ronan as “one of the industry’s most consistently impressive young actors”, Benjamin Lee of The Guardian considered her portrayal of Mary to be “an astonishingly confident and committed turn”.
Ronan will next reunite with Greta Gerwig in Little Women, an adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel of the same title, that features an ensemble cast including Emma Watson, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and Meryl Streep, in which she plays Jo March. She will also reunite with Wes Anderson in the ensemble drama film The French Dispatch, and she has committed to star alongside Kate Winslet in Ammonite, a drama about the romance between two British women in the 1840s.