Irish-born screen performer Sarah Bolger began her career as a child star well before the age of ten in such releases as the made-for-television A Secret Affair (1999) and the theatrical features The Station Agent (2003) and Jim Sheridan's In America (2002). (She seemed particularly at home in the latter, as the daughter of the Gaelic immigrant family at the center of the story.) Bolger then graduated to lead status in 2006 when she played Sabina Pleasure in the family-friendly spy adventure Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker, and subsequently essayed another lead, as Mallory, in the family-oriented fantasy-adventure The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- At 10, costarred with her real-life sister, Emma, as siblings in 2003's In America, in a role written for a 14-year-old, but director Jim Sheridan was so impressed she got the part.
- In America role was an acclaimed breakthrough that earned numerous accolades, including the Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role Award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society, and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female.
- Other honors include a Shooting Stars award at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival and an Actress in a Supporting Role award in 2010 from the Irish Film & Television Academy for TV's The Tudors.
- In 2012, cast as Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, for the second season of the ABC hit Once Upon a Time.