Saoirse is a nominee for the British Independent Film Awards

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse’s performance as an American teenager in Kevin Macdonald’s apocalyptic teen drama ‘How I Live Now’ has earned her strong reviews, which bodes well for her chances of securing other acting nominations as awards season gets underway in the UK and US. She is nominated in the Best Actress category for her performance in How I Live Now, with Judi Dench (Philomena), Lindsay Duncan (Le Week-end), Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman) also shortlisted.

Best Actress
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-end
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now

Source: The Irish Film & Television Network

Saoirse, Hollywood’s Leading Lady in Waiting


Poised on the edge of adulthood, the Irish actress Saoirse Ronan still lives at home with her parents, but is coming into her own with an Oscar nomination, films with Wes Anderson and Ryan Gosling, and a budding friendship with Patti Smith.

Through the windows of stained and frosted glass, light from the city streets streams in, dusty and mellow. Conversation swells across the paisley carpet and the worn velveteen booths. Watching over it all, as he has done for the past 40 years, is the wry, white-bearded barman, Tommy Smith, a collector of rare books. On the wood-paneled walls, a ramshackle gallery of local artists; on the stools, a mixture of old-timers and Dublin hipsters (much like the Brooklyn variety, except they get their bikes stolen more often). There’s nowhere in the world quite like Grogans, this much-loved pub. If you’re looking for out-of-work Dublin actors, people say, this is where you’ll more than likely find them.

And here, it seems, is another of their number, strolling in from the street in the middle of the afternoon, her Dublin drawl ringing out proud and lively and her vivid blue eyes lighting up as she scores us a corner booth. In her plaid shirt and skinny jeans, she could easily be one of the local hipsters, but — don’t tell the other actors — that’s actually an Oscar nominee in the corner. And don’t blame me for introducing Saoirse Ronan, Ireland’s first honest-to-goodness Hollywood ingénue, just 19 years old, and with the most flawless skin I’ve ever seen, to Dublin’s most notorious bohemian bar. This was her father’s idea.
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Saoirse enjoys her unlikely friendship Patti Smith


Actress Saoirse Ronan has formed an unlikely bond with punk rock icon Patti Smith after the musician asked to meet her at one of her film premieres earlier this year (13).

The Atonement star admits she was stunned when the Because The Night hitmaker turned up at the New York premiere of her film The Host to check out her work, and even more surprised when Smith asked to be introduced to the teen. Ronan reveals the singer shared “these amazing words of wisdom” about life in the spotlight and then followed up their chat with a sweet email on her 19th birthday in April (13). She tells The New York Times Style Magazine, “Out of all the people I’ve met through showbusiness, she’s the most incredible, such a generous and kind and intelligent woman.”

Smith insists the admiration is mutual: “I’ve just been captivated by watching her. She has a certain inner sincerity that comes out and magnifies her character. She’s so gifted. I enjoyed meeting her so much. She is very singular. I mean, I don’t think she’s innately fragile. I think she’s very strong.”