Saoirse Ronan is the youngest Irish-American actress who started her career at the tender age of 13 years only. She is the second youngest actor who is nominated for an Academy Award. With very short span of her career in Hollywoood, she made her name with roles like murdered girl seeking vengeance in The Lovely Bones (2009), a teenage assassin in Hanna (2011), a vampire in Byzantium (2012), and a chef in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014). Her accolades include two Academy Award nominations and three nominations each for the British Academy Film Awards and the Golden Globe Awards.And at the age of 23 years only in n 2016, she was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list and in Time’s “Next Generation Leaders” list. So now its time to check the list of Top ten best roles played by Ronan at the starting point of career.
1. Lady Bird (2017)
Lady Bird is an American comedy-drama starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith. The film turns around Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson played by Ronan who works tirelessly to keep her family afloat after her husband loses his job. She also maintains a turbulent bond with a teenage daughter who is just like her, loving, strong-willed and deeply opinionated.
2. Brooklyn (2015)
Brooklyn is a romantic drama starring Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent, and Julie Walters. Ronan played role of an Irish immigrant. She comes to America in the 1950s where she falls in love. But her past catches up with her. Here the conflict took plaace that she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. She had won Academy-Award nominations for her role.
3. Atonement (2007)
Atonement is a British romantic war drama film starring James McAvoy, Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai and Vanessa Redgrave in the lead role. The film is about a thirteen-year-old writer who irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister’s lover of a crime he did not commit. Ronan was in the role of the younger Tallis sister and an aspiring novelist. She had won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
4. The Lovely Bones (2009)
The Lovely Bones is a supernatural drama film starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. The film is about a young girl Salmon, who has been murdered and watches over her family – and her killer – from purgatory. She is torn between seeking vengeance on her killer and allowing her family to heal. Ronan was in the role of Susie Salmon who is leading character of Salmon but 13 years old at the time of her casting and filming.
5. Hanna (2011)
Hanna is an action adventure thriller film starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett. The film is about a girl raised in the wilderness of northern Finland by her father, an ex-CIA operative played by Eric Bana, who trains her as an assassin. Ronan was in the lead role of Hanna. The film received a positive response from most critics, with reviewers praising the performances of Ronan and Blanchett as well as the action sequences and themes.
6. The Way Back (2010)
The Way Back is an American survival drama inspired by the Long Walk in 1960. It was about the memoir by former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz, who claimed to have escaped from a Soviet Gulag and walked 4,000 miles to freedom in World War II. Saoirse Ronan is in the role of Irena Zielińska, an orphaned teenage Polish girl on the run from Soviet Russia, who meets up with the fugitives near Lake Baikal.
7. How I Live Now (2013)
How I Live Now is a Canadian-British speculative drama film based on the 2004 novel How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Ronan was in the role of Daisy who is an American teenager, is sent to stay with relatives in the English countryside. She finds love and purpose while fighting for her survival as war envelops the world around her.
8. City of Ember (2008)
City of Ember is an American science fantasy film based on the 2003 novel The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau. Ronan plays the young girl whose friendship with Doon (Harry Treadaway) leads to them discovering the secrets of the underground, electrical-light powered city they live in, advertised as a shelter from the scorched world outside. Saoirse Ronan was nominated for a 2009 Irish Film and Television Award as “Best Actress in a Lead Role in a Film”.
9. Byzantium (2012)
Byzantium is an Irish horror fantasy thriller film starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Jonny Lee Miller. The film turns around a mother and a daughter vampire who move into a rundown hotel while hiding out from other vampires.Saoirse Ronan is in the role of teenage vampire Eleanor Webb. Ronan sharply defines the character in Buffini’s screenplay and breathes life into Byzantium’s brightest, most unforgettable creation.
10. The Host (2013)
The Host is an American romantic science fiction thriller film starring Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt. The film is about an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over their bodies and erasing their memories. Melanie will risk everything to protect the people she cares most about, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Melanie role is played by Ronan.