Saoirse Una Ronan (born 12 April 1994) is an Irish actress, who was born in America to Irish parents. She returned to Ireland at the age of three to live in Co. Carlow. She began her career as a child, and came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring in the film Atonement, which gained her Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Ronan has since appeared in several Hollywood films, including the children’s Christmas story The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey (2007), the romantic comedy I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007), the film adaptation of the science fantasy Young Adult novel The City of Ember (2008), the supernatural romance Death Defying Acts (2008), the war drama film The Way Back (2010) and the action thriller Hanna (2011). She was awarded a Saturn Award and received a second BAFTA Award nomination for her performance in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones, upcoming 2013 film The Host based on novel by Stephenie Meyer.