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Six things you didn’t know about Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan - REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Six things you didn’t know about Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan is a rising star on the Hollywood scene. Ahead of her much-anticipated role in 'Mary, Queen of Scots', we discover a few interesting facts about the actress, including her love for New Zealand.

Six things you didn’t know about Saoirse Ronan

Irish-American actor Saoirse Ronan is on a roll. The Seagull and Mary, Queen of Scots were both box office smashes in 2018 and early 2019.

Things you didn’t know about Saoirse Ronan

Since her early films, such as The Lovely Bones and Hanna right through to 2017’s Lady Bird, 24-year-old Ronan has been a name to watch. But here are some facts about this talented actor you may not know:

  1. Her name, ‘Saoirse’ is a traditional Irish one meaning ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’. Pronounced ‘Seersha’ or ‘Sirsha’, it is now gaining popularity outside Ireland, alongside other traditional Irish names such as Neve, Ciara, Maeve and Siobhan.
  2. She was just 12 and a big-screen newcomer when she was nominated for her first Academy Award. As the creepy younger sister of Keira Knightley, she shone in Atonement, alongside Knightly, James McAvoy and Vanessa Redgrave. She has now notched up three Oscar nominations. Will she finally crack it next year with Mary, Queen of Scots?
  3. Ronan’s favourite charity is the ISPCC – the Irish Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Children. She has publicly supported the charity for several years and also appeared in a TV commercial – “Every child has a right”.
  4. Her most-treasured stamp in her passport is New Zealand – director Peter Jackson filmed some of the scenes for The Lovely Bones in Wairarapa. Ronan also attended the New Zealand premiere of the film at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington in 2009.
  5. Her good mate, songwriter Ed Sheeran has a tattoo of Ronan’s writing on his arm, done during the film clip of his song Galway Girl, in which Ronan appears.
  6. She teamed up with the Irish food board, Bord Bia to promote Origin Green, Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme. This brought together Ireland’s farmers and food manufacturers with the common goal of sustainable food production. “This land belongs not to us, but to the ones who come after. There is much more to be done – we need to embark on a journey with sustainability as its destination,” says this environmentally-minded actor.

Watch: Five minutes with Saoirse Ronan

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