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Oscar nomination for Catholic queen Mary role would be lovely but I feel no pressure, says Saoirse Ronan

Saoirse Ronan has said she does not feel pressure to be nominated for an Oscar for her role in the newly-released film based on Scotland’s last Catholic queen.

However, Ronan, who plays the title role in Mary Queen Of Scots, admitted that it would be “lovely” to receive a nomination.

The Irish actress, who at 24 has already been nominated three times, is among the potential names to receive a best actress nod, along with the likes of Olivia Colman for The Favourite and Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born.

Ronan recently missed out on a Bafta nomination for her role in the period drama, although her co-star Margot Robbie, who plays Mary’s cousin Queen Elizabeth I, was nominated in the best supporting actress category.

Ronan told ITV’s This Morning: “I think having been lucky enough to have gone through it in the last few years, I do feel less pressure now.

“Because I feel like, what I’ve got so far is lovely and I’m quite happy with that, so anything else on top of that is lovely.”

She joked to the programme’s presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby that she did not know the Oscar nominations were happening next Tuesday, and added: “I’ll probably just be at home walking the dog.”

Ronan received a supporting actress nomination in 2008 for her role in Atonement, and best actress nominations in 2016 and 2018 for her roles in Brooklyn and Lady Bird respectively.

Mary Queen of Scots sees Ronan play the titular Catholic queen in the story about the Scottish monarch’s reign, and her relationship with her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England, played by Robbie.

Mary Queen of Scots is out in cinemas today, Friday 18th January.

Picture: Saoirse Ronan attending the premiere of Mary Queen of Scots, at the Cineworld cinema in Leicester Square, London. (Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment).