Who does Saoirse Ronan play in Queen of Scots, how do you pronounce her name and has she been nominated for an Oscar?

11-01-2019 00:01

SAOIRSE Ronan may be just 24-years-old, but she’s already smashed her way through several huge Hollywood blockbusters.

The Irish actress has blown away critics with a series of nuanced performances, is also known for giving pop star Ed Sheeran a dodgy tattoo as a joke. Here’s all you need to know about the Bafta and Oscar-nominated star…

A real treat ... Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Saoirse Ronan bagged a second Oscar nomination for Brooklyn

Who is Saoirse Ronan?

Saoirse was born in New York but when she was three, her Irish parents moved her back to their native country.

Aged nine, Saoirse started appearing on RTE shows and was soon auditioning for the role of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, a part she did not win.

The actress hit the big screen for the first time in 2007 at the tender age of 13 in Atonement, in which she played the younger version of Romola Garai’s character Briony.

Since then she’s had major and lead roles in Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Host, How I Live Now, Hanna and The Lovely Bones.

Her latest film sees her star in an adaptation of acclaimed writer Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach.

Who does Saoirse Ronan play in Queen of Scots?

Saoirse takes on the lead role of Mary Stuart.

The actress stars in the movie alongside Margot Robbie, who plays Queen Elizabeth I.

Has Saoirse Ronan been nominated for an Oscar?

She’s previously been nominated for Best Actress for Brooklyn, and Best Supporting Actress for Atonement, at the Oscars.

In 2018 she was nominated in the Best Actress category for the Baftas and the Oscars.

The Irish star is also nominated for a SAG Award in 2018 for her role in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.

BAFTAs 2016: Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse at the 2016 Baftas

What else do we know about Saoirse?

Having moved to Manhattan in 2016, Saoirse – who’s worth an estimated £2million – holds dual Irish and American citizenship.

Very little is known about her love life but she’s been linked with almost all the actors who’ve played opposite her, including George McKay, Emory Cohen and Max Irons.

What happened with Ed Sheeran?

Being Irish, and presumably a fan, Saoirse agreed to appear in Ed’s video for his hit Galway Girl which was shot recently.

Ed already has numerous tattoos but asked Saoirse to write a brand new one on his arm to mark their work together.

But, as Ed explained: “When we were filming it I meant to get a tattoo of her handwriting saying Galway Girl from her point of view.

“It actually says Galway Grill. G-R-I-L-L. She really took the p**s out of me — full on.” Well done, Ms Ronan.

Saoirse left a lasting mark on Ed Sheeran when she purposely misspelled ‘girl’ on the singer’s body in the form of a tattoo.

How do you pronounce Saoirse Ronan’s name?

Apparently, people mispronounce Saoirse’s name all the time.

The correct way to say it is “Sur-sha”, rhymes with inertia.

When Saoirse appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show she wore a sign to let the host know how to pronounce her name – not “Sheesha” as Dennis Quaid said it previously!