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Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan

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Saoirse Ronan

IRISH actress Saoirse Ronan is in the running to be named Best Young British Performer by the London Film Critics Circle (LFCC).

The Lovely Bones actress, who was born in New York and brought up in Carlow, is the only female among the five nominees.

Saoirse (20) received the nomination for her performance in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

She played young baker Agatha in the star-studded comedy caper alongside Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law and Bill Murray.

The LFCC said it is not unusual for Irish actors to be included in the awards.

"We know Ireland isn't part of Britain, but the Irish film industry is part of the British film industry, and that's what these awards refer to," a spokeswoman told the Herald.

"The two countries have shared talent pools, technicians and box office."

Saoirse's latest film, Brooklyn, which also stars Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson, will premiere at Robert Redford's Sundance Festival in Utah next year.

extraordinary

It's a big screen adaptation of award-winning Wexford author Colm Toibin's novel of the same name.

The story follows her character Eilis's move to Brooklyn from rural Ireland and her struggles with homesickness before a love story begins to unfold.

Toibin has described her performance as "extraordinary".

"It's very, very emotional. It's the first time I suppose she's doing a part as a lead actress as an adult on her own and she's absolutely extraordinary," he said.

The ceremony for the Critics Circle Awards will be held in London's Mayfair Hotel next month.

Earlier this year, Saoirse moved to London to pursue acting roles there.

She moved into a flat with friends, but still flies home regularly to carry out her duties as an ambassador for the ISPCC.

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