Who is Saoirse-Monica Jackson?
Irish actress Saoirse-Monica Jackson was born in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, on 24 November 1993, making Sagittarius her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in 10 movies and TV series, and is perhaps known best for portraying Patty in the 2023 fantasy action adventure movie “The Flash”, which starred Ezra Miller and Michael Keaton, and was directed by Andy Muschietti. It follows Barry Allen aka The Flash, who’s used his super speed to alter the past, without knowing that this might cost him his life.
Saoirse is currently shooting for the upcoming historical series “The Decameron”, and the thriller series “The Doll Factory”, as well as for the romantic comedy movie “Upgraded”.
Education and early life
Saoirse was raised in ‘Derry by her parents who owned a village pub, but their names haven’t been disclosed because Saoirse respects their privacy; she’s believed to be an only child, as she’s never spoken about any siblings she might have.
Saoirse studied at the Catholic-maintained girls’ high school St Cecilia’s College in ‘Derry, and although she became interested in acting during her time there, she remained focused on her education and was amongst the best students at the school.
Upon matriculating in 2012, Saoirse enrolled at Arden School of Theatre in Manchester, England from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2016.
Roles in TV series
Saoirse’s debut TV series role was playing Sasha in four episodes of the 2016 crime mystery mini-series “The Five”, which starred O-T Fagbenle and Tom Cullen, and was created by Harlan Coben; it follows five-years-old boy Jesse who’s gone missing, while his DNA has now been found at a crime scene 20 years later.
In 2017, Saoirse portrayed Young Woman in the episode “Father Michael” of the critically acclaimed drama “Broken”, which today stars Sean Bean and Fin Campbell, and follows the life of Catholic priest Father Michael; the series has been airing since 2017 and has won two of its six award nominations.
Saoirse-Monica Jackson from Derry Girls and Saoirse Ronan at the Belfast Cinemagic Film festival
Saoirse portrayed Mia in a 2020 episode of the comedy “Unprecedented: Real Time Theatre from a State of Isolation”, and the same year saw her play Janet in the biographical adventure comedy “Urban Myths”, which starred Robbie Coltrane and David Avery, and is a compilation of stories that have been passed down over hundreds of years, and have thus become urban folklore; the series was nominated for four awards.
In 2022, Saoirse played Tara in the episode “I’d Like to Speak to the Manager” of the drama “Skint”, and her only other TV series role has been starring as Erin Quinn in all 19 episodes of the comedy “Derry Girls”, which also starred Tara Lynne O’Neill and Louisa Harland, and was created by Lisa McGee. It follows a 16 years old girl and her family as they’re living in Northern Ireland during the Troubles in the ‘90s, the series aired from 2018 through 2022 and won 14 of its 31 award nominations.
Roles in movies
Saoirse’s debut film role was playing the main character Sarah in the 2020 short drama “Liverpool Ferry”, which also starred Lauren O’Rourke and Ross McKinney, and was written and directed by Lee Armstrong; it follows Sarah who has to move to Liverpool from Belfast if she wants to avoid a life she doesn’t want, and the film was nominated for two awards.
The year 2021 saw Saoirse play Emma Callaghan in the popular romantic drama “Finding You”, which starred Rose Reid and Jedidiah Goodacre, and was written and directed by Brian Baugh. It follows violinist Finley Sinclair who’s travelled to a coastal village in Northern Ireland to start her semester studying abroad, and the film was nominated for a 2019 Movie Guide Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplay.
Saoirse’s only other film role has been playing one of the main characters Roopa in the 2023 comedy “Coffee Wars”, which also starred Kate Nash and Toby Sebastian, and was written and directed by Randall Miller. It follows a vegan woman who’s become the World Barista Champion.
Saoirse received special thanks for the 2022 documentary movie “The Real Derry: Jamie-Lee O’Donnell”.
Some of her recent talk-show appearances have been in “Back to the…”, “Pointless Celebrities” and “The Great British Menu”.
Awards and nominations
Saoirse won a 2020 Royal Television Society Award for Comedy Performance – Female, for “Derry Girls”.
She was also nominated for a 2018 Irish Film and Television Award for Female Performance in a Soap or Comedy, and a 2019 IGN Award for Best Comedic TV Performance, both for “Derry Girls”.
Love life and relationships
Saoirse’s quite open when it comes to speaking about her love life in public, and it’s known that she’s today in a relationship.
She and British DJ and music producer Hector Barbour – aka Denis Sultan – began dating in 2021; they haven’t shared the details of how and when they met, but it’s widely believed that the two were introduced by a friend at a house party. Denis has kept Saoirse company during most of her red carpet events, and they’ve also been spotted spending time together in public on a number of occasions. Denis is mostly focused on producing dance and house music.
There are no other men whom Saoirse has been with, that we know about; she’s in a relationship with Denis Sultan as of July 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Her parents became highly protective of her when she launched her acting career; Saoirse has revealed that she often went to bars with her “Derry Girls” co-stars, and that her parents would often find her and take her home. She’s also revealed that her mother once breathalyzed her in front of a discotheque; Saoirse has stated that the event traumatized her, but that she’s still thankful to her mother.
More than 350,000 people are following her on Instagram today, and she’s shared nearly 250 pictures and videos on the network, with most of these being about the movies and TV series in which she’s appeared.
She enjoys being outdoors, especially in nature, whether if it’s near bodies of water or high up in the mountains.
Saoirse is a huge lover of animals, with dogs and kangaroos being her favorites.
Will Smith’s one of her favorite actors, and some of her favorite movies include “I am Legend”, “Aladdin” and “Emancipation”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Saoirse’s age is 29. She has brown eyes and blonde hair, is 5ft 2ins (1.57m) tall and weighs around 110lbs (51kgs).
Saoirse’s net worth’s been estimated at over $100,000, as of July 2023.