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Irish actress and Oscar nominee Jessie Buckley’s rise to fame from Co. Kerry to Hollywood

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Irish actor Jessie Buckley received her first Academy Award nomination this week for her role in the film The Lost Daughter.

The Kerry born woman is nominated for best-supporting actress, for her role as Leda in the Netflix thriller.

She stars alongside former Oscar winner Olivia Coleman, who also received a nomination for best actress.

The film is based on Maggie Gyllenhaal’s adaptation of the Elena Ferrante novel that goes by the same name.

Following the announcement Buckley said: “I am in complete shock! The Lost Daughter is so special to me.

“To be recognized for anything connected to it is just a wild dream come true. And to gorgeous Olivia Coleman and our leader and legend Maggie Gyllenhaal, I’m so lucky to share this ride with you incredible women. Thank you.”

The Irish actress has been on the scene for the last few years but may not be known to many.

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Who is Jessie Buckley?

The 32-year-old hails from Killarney in County Kerry, who began to sing from a young age being trained by her mother who worked as a vocal coach.

Jessie is the oldest of five siblings, and when she was 17 years old, she left Ireland for London to pursue a full-time career in acting.

She made her debut on the BBC show ‘I’d Do Anything,’ which searched for unknown actresses to play lead roles in the West End.

Jessie ended up coming second in the competition, losing out on the role of Nancy in Oliver to Jodie Prenger.

In 2013, Jessie graduated from the world-famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, going on to perform opposite Jude Law in a West End production of Shakespeare’s Henry V that same year.

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Her first TV appearance was in an adaptation of the book Shades of Love, shortly after her graduation.

In 2016, Jessie was cast as Perdita in the Kenneth Branagh Theater Company’s production of the Winter’s Tale, following this she appeared as Marya Bolkonskaya in the BBC drama War and Peace.

Following this she appeared as Lorna Bow in the BBC drama series Taboo alongside Tom Hardy and starred as Honor Martin in the series The Last Post.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 12: Cast member Jessie Buckley attends the gala performance after party for “Cabaret At The Kit Kat Club” on December 12, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Buckley’s Big Break

Although the actress was making a name in the performance industry, Jessie didn’t begin receiving critical acclaim until she played the lead role as Moll Huntford in the psychological thriller Beast in 2017.

A year later she secured the role of Rose-Lynn Harlan in Wild Rose for which she won several awards for including an IFTA.

In 2019, she was cast in both Judy and Chernobyl, these two films received huge critical acclaim, which was followed by I’m thinking of Ending Things which cemented her as a rising star.

What’s next for Jessie?

Jessie is set to star in the new horror film, Men, alongside Rory Kinnear. As well as taking on the lead role in Women Talking, which are both set to be released this year.

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