Saoirse Una Ronan is an Irish – American actress from a small town of Ireland, known for her astonishing performances in movies like Atonement (2007), Brooklyn (2015), Lady Bird (2017), and Little Women, for all of which she was nominated for The Academy Awards. 

She is already a renowned name in the industry, and her career is still in her prime as the actress is just 28 years old.

Early Life and Family

Saoirse Ronan was born on 12 April 1994 to Monica (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, who were both Irish from Dublin but were living in New York City. She was born in the Bronx of New York City. Her parents left Ireland due to the recession of 1980 and went to New York and were initially undocumented immigrants in New York. Her father was a construction worker and also worked at a bar in New York before he became an actor, and her mother worked as a childcarer  but she also used to act as a child. 

Saoirse’s parents moved back to Ireland when she was 3 as they were not able to survive in this high maintenance city of New York. She was brought up in Ardattin, County Carlow a small town near Dublin and she completed her high school from Ardattin National School. Later, she was tutored privately at home. As a teenager, she lived in the seaside village of Howth (an outer suburb of Dublin) with her parents. She belonged to a Catholic family, but she always doubted her faith in the religion, even as a child.


Ronan first appeared on television in 2003 on Irish national broadcaster RTÉ in a prime-time medical drama ‘The Clinic,’ and after that, she was also a part a mini-serial ‘Proof.’ Around 2004, she auditioned for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to play Luna Lovegood, but lost the to Evanna Lynch.

Ronan’s debut in films was in the romantic comedy “I Could Never Be Your Woman” by Amy Heckerling, which was filmed in 2005. Joe Leydon of ‘Variety’ wrote about the film and marked it as “desperately unfunny” but at the same time considered the interplay between Ronan and Pfeiffer’s characters to be among the film’s highlights.

After turning 12, Ronan auditioned for the film Atonement(2007) By Joe Wright, which was a film adaptation of Ian McEwan’s novel. She cleared the audition and got the part of Briony Tallis and Keira Knightley and James McAvoy were her co-stars. The film turned out to be a huge hit and earned over $129 million worldwide. She was called “remarkable and eccentric” by Ty Burr of The Boston Globe; Christopher Orr of The Atlantic also wrote about her and said that she is “a marvel, elegantly capturing the narcissism and self-doubt that adhere to precocity.” Saoirse was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became the seventh youngest nominee in that category.

Since her debut in 2003, Saoirse has played several roles as a lead as well as supporting cast; some of her best works include The Lovely Bones, The Way Back, Hanna, The Hobbit, How I Live Now, and Lost Liver. But it was the year 2015, after which Saoirse was recognized as an established actress. 

After 2015, her performance in movies like Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015), Brooklyn (2015),  Loving Vincent (2017), and Little Women made her a big name in the industry. 

Till now, she has been a part of over 35 movies.

She also appeared in a few music videos, one of which was Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl,’ which was a huge hit and has over 500 Million views on Youtube.

Net Worth

According to sources the net worth the young actress is worth between $7 – $9 Millions.

Source of her income is mostly from acting in the films, but she has also worked in a few television shows, theater and music videos. 

Awards and Nominations

Ronan has been nominated for many awards for her performances in different movies and has also won many of them. 

The major awards that she was nominated for were: 

  • 80th Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, nomination, for Atonement (2007)
  • 88th Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role, nomination, for Brooklyn (2015)
  • 90th Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role, nomination, for Lady Bird (2017)
  • 92nd Academy Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role, nomination, for Little Women (2019)
  • Ѕhе wаѕ thе wіnnеr оf thе Gоldеn Glоbе Аwаrd іn 2018 fоr hеr реrfоrmаnсе іn thе mоvіе “Lаdу Віrd” іn thе саtеgоrу оf Веѕt Асtrеѕѕ іn а Моtіоn Рісturе – Мuѕісаl оr Соmеdу.
  • Ѕhе wаѕ thе wіnnеr оf thе Веѕt Асtrеѕѕ Аwаrd аt thе 2015 Воѕtоn Оnlіnе Fіlm Сrіtісѕ Аѕѕосіаtіоn fоr hеr реrfоrmаnсе іn “Вrооklуn.”
  • Ѕhе wаѕ thе wіnnеr оf thе Ѕаturn Аwаrd іn 2010 fоr hеr реrfоrmаnсе іn “Тhе Lоvеlу Воnеѕ” іn thе саtеgоrу оf Веѕt Реrfоrmаnсе bу а Yоungеr Асtоr.

At the age of 25, she was the second-youngest person to acquire four Academy Awards nominations after Jennifer Lawrence. 

Social Media

Unlike other celebrities, Saoirse Ronan is not on any social media platform, though there are many Fan Accounts posting on behalf of her. 

Upcoming Projects

Ronan will be next seen in a 1950’s murder mystery as an inspector solving crimes alongside Sam Rockwell.

She will also be starring in Foe, a film adaptation of the novel Foe by Iain Reid, and in The Outrun, directed by Nora Fingscheidt.

Trivia about Saoirse Ronan

  • Her name Saoirse Una Ronan is Irish and means Saorise -“Freedom,” Una – “Unity,” Ronan – “Little Seal.”
  • She is a huge Breaking Bad (2008) fan.
  • She is trained in martial arts and often utilizes them in action scenes.
  • In January 2016, she was featured in two Forbes’ “30 Under 30” lists.
  • She is one of the youngest actresses to win two Best Actress awards at the New York Film Critics Circle.
  • Featured in Maxim’s “Hot 100” list (2018).
  • She is an ambassador for Gucci.
  • She has been in a relationship with her How I Live Now (2013) co-star George MacKay and, later, Mary Queen of Scots (2018) co-star Jack Lowden since 2017.
  • Saoirse Ronan is currently dating Wicklow Singer-Songwriter Hozier.   
  • She’s the second-youngest person (the first being Jennifer Lawrence) to receive three Oscar nominations before the age of 24.
  • Saoirse wishes to travel to India someday.
  • Ronan holds dual citizenship, both Irish and American, and has said, “I don’t know where I am from. I’m just Irish.”