Saoirse Ronan appears on the cover of Time magazine

Irish actress featured by influential US publication as a 'Next Generation Leader'

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan is appearing on the cover of this week's Time magazine.

The Irish actress is among 10 young men and women from around the world selected as “Next Generation Leaders”.

Only Ms Ronan appears beneath the famous logo.

The 22-year-old secured an Oscar nomination for Atonement in 2008 while, her performance in Brooklyn won a Best Actress nomination earlier this year.


Eliana Dockterman, who penned the piece for Time, met Ronan in her dressing room.

“At 22, Ronan is at the forefront of a generation of female actors overturning expectations about how young women are portrayed in theatre, film and television,” Dockterman writes.

"Ronan sips liquorice tea to protect her voice and expounds on an already astonishing career.

"It's important for me to play intelligent women, because I think in art, you have a responsibility to portray real life,” she says.

"It’s even more important now that there’s such a massive shift towards feminism that men and women see strong, complex women onscreen."