Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Una Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an American-born Irish actress. Primarily noted for her roles in period dramas since adolescence, Ronan has received various accolades throughout her career, including a Golden Globe Award and a Critics' Choice Movie Award, in addition to nominations for four Academy Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and five British Academy Film Awards. Ronan made her acting debut in 2003 on the Irish medical drama series The Clinic. She made her film debut in I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), and had her breakthrough in the role of a precocious teenager in Joe Wright's Atonement (2007), which earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress; making 13-year-old Ronan the seventh-youngest nominee in that category. She subsequently played a series of starring roles such as that of a murdered girl seeking closure in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones (2009) and a teenage assassin in Hanna (2011), and the supporting role of a baker in Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). She received critical praise and a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for playing a homesick Irish immigrant in 1950s New York in Brooklyn (2015); at age 21, it also made her the eighth-youngest Best Actress nominee. She later portrayed the eponymous high school senior in Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird (2017), and Jo March in Gerwig's Little Women (2019), both of which earned her Academy Award for Best Actress nominations, and a ...

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City of Ember (2008)

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers, in a race against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gil Kenan
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Harry Treadaway  •  Mary Kay Place  •  Bill Murray

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers, in a race against ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gil Kenan
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Harry Treadaway  •  Mary Kay Place  •  Bill Murray

Atonement (2007)

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As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)

This movie follows a mother who falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Mother Nature messes with their fates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Paul Rudd  •  Saoirse Ronan  •  Stacey Dash

This movie follows a mother who falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Mother Nature messes with their fates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Amy Heckerling
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Paul Rudd  •  Saoirse Ronan  •  Stacey Dash

The Lovely Bones (2009)

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After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Rachel Weisz  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Saoirse Ronan

After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family -- and her killer. As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Jackson
CAST:  Rachel Weisz  •  Mark Wahlberg  •  Susan Sarandon  •  Saoirse Ronan

Lost River (2015)

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Billy, a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Gosling
CAST:  Christina Hendricks  •  Eva Mendes  •  Saoirse Ronan  •  Matt Smith

Billy, a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld while her teenage son, Bones, discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ryan Gosling
CAST:  Christina Hendricks  •  Eva Mendes  •  Saoirse Ronan  •  Matt Smith

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Tony Revolori  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Mathieu Amalric

The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wes Anderson
CAST:  Ralph Fiennes  •  Tony Revolori  •  F. Murray Abraham  •  Mathieu Amalric

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

A heart-warming tale about friendship, honor & courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manuel Sicilia
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Mark Strong

A heart-warming tale about friendship, honor & courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manuel Sicilia
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Mark Strong

How I Live Now (2013)

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An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as war breaks out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Tom Holland  •  Anna Chancellor  •  George MacKay

An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as war breaks out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Tom Holland  •  Anna Chancellor  •  George MacKay

The Host (2013)

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A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Diane Kruger  •  Jake Abel  •  William Hurt

A parasitic alien soul is injected into the body of Melanie Stryder. Instead of carrying out her race's mission of taking over the Earth, "Wanda" (as she comes to be called) forms a bond with her host and sets out to aid other free humans.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Niccol
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Diane Kruger  •  Jake Abel  •  William Hurt

Byzantium (2012)

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret—they were born 200 years ago and survive on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Jordan
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Gemma Arterton  •  Sam Riley  •  Caleb Landry Jones

Two mysterious women seek refuge in a run-down coastal resort. Clara meets lonely Noel, who provides shelter in his deserted guesthouse, Byzantium. Schoolgirl Eleanor befriends Frank and tells him their lethal secret—they were born 200 years ago and survive on ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Jordan
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Gemma Arterton  •  Sam Riley  •  Caleb Landry Jones

Violet & Daisy (2011)

Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Fletcher
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Alexis Bledel  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste  •  Danny Trejo

Two teenage assassins accept what they think will be a quick-and-easy job, until an unexpected target throws them off their plan.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Geoffrey Fletcher
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Alexis Bledel  •  Marianne Jean-Baptiste  •  Danny Trejo

Hanna (2011)

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Raised by her father, an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing has been geared to making her the perfect assassin. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Eric Bana  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Vicky Krieps

Raised by her father, an ex-CIA agent, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna's upbringing has been geared to making her the perfect assassin. Sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys across Europe, eluding agents dispatched after her by a ruthless ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Eric Bana  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Vicky Krieps

The Way Back (2010)

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At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragos Bucur  •  Ed Harris

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragos Bucur  •  Ed Harris

Muppets Most Wanted (2014)

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bobin
CAST:  Ricky Gervais  •  Ty Burrell  •  Tina Fey  •  Steve Whitmire

While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Bobin
CAST:  Ricky Gervais  •  Ty Burrell  •  Tina Fey  •  Steve Whitmire

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007)

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Clark
CAST:  Aran Bell  •  Tom Berenger  •  Thomas Briggs  •  Clare Burt

When a broken hearted boy loses the treasured wooden nativity set that links him to his dead father, his worried mother persuades a lonely ill-tempered woodcarver to create a replacement, and to allow her son to watch him work on it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Clark
CAST:  Aran Bell  •  Tom Berenger  •  Thomas Briggs  •  Clare Burt

Brooklyn (2015)

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In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Eilis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Domhnall Gleeson  •  Emory Cohen  •  Emily Bett Rickards

In 1950s Ireland and New York, young Eilis Lacey has to choose between two men and two countries.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Crowley
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Domhnall Gleeson  •  Emory Cohen  •  Emily Bett Rickards

Weepah Way For Now (2015)

Elle and Joy spend their last week before their next music tour wandering through the heart of Laurel Canyon, whiling away carefree afternoons with their friends as they plan for their own going away party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Ringer
CAST:  Aly Michalka  •  AJ Michalka  •  Mimi Rogers  •  Madeline Zima

Elle and Joy spend their last week before their next music tour wandering through the heart of Laurel Canyon, whiling away carefree afternoons with their friends as they plan for their own going away party.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Ringer
CAST:  Aly Michalka  •  AJ Michalka  •  Mimi Rogers  •  Madeline Zima

Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015)

A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nikole Beckwith
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Cynthia Nixon  •  Jason Isaacs  •  David Warshofsky

A young woman is returned home to her biological parents after living with her abductor for 17 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nikole Beckwith
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Cynthia Nixon  •  Jason Isaacs  •  David Warshofsky

Death Defying Acts (2007)

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Guy Pearce  •  Timothy Spall  •  Saoirse Ronan

On a tour of Britain in 1926, Harry Houdini enters into a passionate affair with a psychic out to con the famous magician.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gillian Armstrong
CAST:  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Guy Pearce  •  Timothy Spall  •  Saoirse Ronan

On Chesil Beach (2018)

In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominic Cooke
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Billy Howle  •  Emily Watson  •  Anne-Marie Duff

In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dominic Cooke
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Billy Howle  •  Emily Watson  •  Anne-Marie Duff
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