Saoirse Ronan

Unmasking an Irish Celebrity: Interesting Facts About Saoirse Ronan

One of the most beloved Irish actresses is the highly talented, skilled and kind Saoirse Ronan. While she might seem like a star plucked out of obscurity from Dublin, Ireland and taking center stage in Hollywood, this actress has a few interesting facts behind her fame, that you might not know about! A passionate actress, who is said to be so talented that she could probably play a high-rolling poker player on or even play a lonesome fisher out in the woods and make it captivating – she’s capable of any role. Her versatility has a lot to do with her upbringing, which will be further explained below.

A Captivating Upbringing

A surprising fact about Saoirse Ronan is the fact that she was born in New York, New York. This comes as a huge surprise to many, as she is known for her heavy Irish accent so naturally everyone thinks she was born in green Ireland. However, her parents left Ireland for New York and arrived as illegal immigrants. Her father was an actor too and thought he could make more of his skill if he pursued it in a city known for show-biz. In 1994, Saoirse was born and the family tried to stay but eventually in 1997, decided to go back to Dublin, Ireland to give Saoirse a proper Irish upbringing.

The acting gene from her father seemed to be passed down at an early age with Saoirse winning her first ‘acting’ competition at the young age of 9. It was the first time her excitement for taking on a role led to a big success. Calling into the local news station that was asking for the best character impression of why a trip to Disneyland in Florida would be a dream, Saoirse rang in as the Gingerbread Man and with her adorable and already-then-skilled impression skills, took the prize for an all-paid trip to Florida to Disneyland. This is what initially showed her that she was good at speaking, acting and taking on a role and is what led her down the road of acting.

Putting her head down and diving more into acting, she auditioned for a role in the movie called ‘Atonement’ and at the age of only 13 years, she already had her first Academy Award nomination. Another important and interesting fact about this captivating Irish actress is that she was the second youngest person to ever be nominated for an Oscar as she received this nomination when she was only 23 years old. She now has a Golden Globe under her belt and many more nominations too. With her skills in martial arts, horseriding, high aptitude for perfecting different accents and ballet training, there can be no denying that even more awards are going to be awarded to her shortly. 


One thing is for sure, Saoirse Ronan is an Irish legend in the making and someone that the Irish people should be very proud of. She is a talented and successful actress, paving her unique way in the industry and making room for other successful female actresses around her. As an advocate for mental health awareness, she is a more approachable and down-to-earth star whose roots in Ireland are deep and humble. Never one to brag or toot her own horn, her Irish charisma has given her the platform on which she now speaks and is one of the biggest reasons she has so many loyal fans and supporters. Having worked with acting greats like Meryl Streep and Margot Robbie and being directed by giants such as Wes Anderson and Greta Gerwig, there is no stopping this Irish force that is Saoirse Ronan.