Saoirse Ronan (pronounced /ˈsɪərʃə ˈroʊnən/; born 12 April 1994) is an American-born Irish actress. She is the eleventh youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award and the seventh youngest to be nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Ronan received multiple award nominations for her role as the young Briony Tallis in the film Atonement. She plays Susie Salmon in the 2009 film adaptation The Lovely Bones.
Ronan was born in New York City, the daughter of Irish parents Monica and Paul Ronan, who were working in New York at the time, the latter an actor, and was raised in County Carlow, Ireland. As a small child, she sometimes accompanied her father on the set when he worked on films such as The Devil's Own and Veronica Guerin. She currently attends school in Kilkenny College, Ireland and lives in County Carlow.