The Irish actress Sarah Bolger is probably best known for playing Lady Tudor in the Primetime Award-winning sitcom “The Tudors”, and Princess Aurora in the comedy-drama movie “Once Upon a Time.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Sarah Lee Bolger is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and was born under the Pisces zodiac sign on 28 February 1991, making her 31 years old as of 2022. She is the daughter of Monica Bolger who is a housewife, and her husband Derek Bolger,who is a butcher. She was raised in Southside, Rathfarnham, in a Catholic household, alongside her sister Emma Bolger, who rose to stardom as a child actress for her role of Ariel in the 2002 Jim Sheridan-directed road drama movie “In America.” Her maternal grandmother made sure that Sarah grew up attending Catholic church every Sunday and she disclosed in a 2011 interview with the daily newspaper, Irish Independent, that she became a eucharist minister when she was 17, and was tasked with giving out the Holy Communion every time there was a Mass at her church. She also sang in the church choir.
Bolger began expressing an interest in acting at a young age, and sharpened her acting skills under Ann Kavanagh at The Young People’s Theater School, Dublin. She was also a student at Loreto High School Beaufort in 2003.
The “In America” starlet is a huge fan of the multiplayer board game “The Settlers of Catan”, and also likes playing soccer and baseball with friends.
She loves animals, especially canines, and has kept a pet named Darby which she treats as family and goes on long road trips with her.
In her spare time, Bolger loves watching films starring her best actor, Harrison Ford, such as the 1993 action thriller “The Fugitive.”
Sarah made her film debut in the 1999 film, “A Love Divided” and the same year, she was seen in the romantic drama film “A Secret Affair.” In 2002 she appeared alongside Samantha Morton, Paddy Considine, Djimon Hounsou, and her sister Emma in the drama movie “In America,” which was nominated for the Academy Award. She later appeared in two episodes of the series “The Clinic” in 2004, before she shared the screen with John G. Brennan and Jean-Marc Barr in the drama movie “Tara Road” in 2005.
Sarah Bolger in Tara Road (2005) pic.twitter.com/NIc3dPxswh
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Rise to Stardom
Bolger rose to prominence for her performance in the acclaimed award-winning historic drama TV show “The Tudors,” in which she appeared alongside Johnathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer in 23 episodes from 2008 to 2010. Concurrently, her next role in the 2008 action-adventure film “The Spiderwick Chronicles” increased her fame significantly. In 2011, Sarah landed the starring role in the Lily Cole and Sarah Gadon-starred horror movie “The Moth Diaries.” From 2012 to 2015, she played a major role in 16 episodes of the fantasy action series “Once Upon a Time.”
Subsequently, she starred in several other films, including “As Cool as I Am” in 2013, and “The Lazarus Effect” in 2015, among others. Her fame skyrocketed when she was cast alongside Daniel Wu, Emily Beecham and Aramis Knight in the AMC drama “Into the Badlands” (2015-2017).
2017 saw Sarah playing the lead role of Maeve Logan in the comedy movie, “Halal Dad.” She was later cast as Emily in the JD Pardo and Clayton Cardenas-starred crime-drama series “Mayans M.C.” in the same year, and in 2018 and ‘19, she was selected to appear in the series “Counterpart.”
Most recently, she appeared in the films “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find” in 2019, and “We Broke Up” in 2021.
Other Works and Social Media Presence
Sarah was featured alongside the Irish celebrities Neil Jordan, Sinead O’Connor and Pierce Brosnan in “The Face of Ireland” by the acclaimed professional photographer, Kevin Abosch in January 2011. She has lent her voice in two video games – “The Spiderwick Chronicles” in 2008 and “BioShock 2” in 2010.
Sarah is a big fan of photography, and likes flaunting her beautiful pictures and videos on her Instagram page (@sarahbolger), which is followed by over 200,000 fans. She joined Twitter in January 2011, and has over 90,000 followers as of 2022.
Awards and Nominations
Bolger has won seven awards and received 18 nominations; 2004 saw her winning two Awards, an Iowa Film Critics for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “In America”, and a Phoenix Film Critics Society for Best Performance by a Youth – Female – In a Supporting or Lead Role, and was also nominated for nine awards including a Gold Derby and an OFTA Award. She won a Berlin International Film Festival Award in 2009, and was later nominated for four Irish Film and TV Awards, winning one in 2010. She was also nominated for a Behind the Voice Actors Award for her contribution to “Kokuriko-zaka kara” in 2014, and 2019 saw her bagging a Screamfest Festival Trophy for her role in the 2019 film, “A Good Woman Is Hard to Find.”
Bolger was previously dating the English actor, Julian Morris, who is her “Once Upon a Time” co-star. The duo began their affair in 2012. Julian was born in Crouch End, London, on 13 January 1983 (39 years old) and is the son of Andrea Morris and Glen Morris. He was raised in a Jewish household alongside his sister Amy Morris. Julian is famous for his roles in the series “The Knock,” the movies “Cry Wolf” (2005), and the thriller “Donkey Punch” in 2008.
She was also previously dating the “Finding Neverland” star, Freddie Highmore (2006-2008).
Sarah is good friends with the English actress, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, who is perhaps best known for playing Amber in the mystery TV series, “House of Anubis.” She is a very sociable person and has maintained close relationships with most of her fellow “Once Upon a Time” cast members including Colin O’Donoghue, and Jamie Chung.
Sarah remains unmarried, and doesn’t have children.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Bolger is of white ethnicity and has long light brown hair and a set of bright blue eyes. She weighs around 125lbs (57kgs), stands 5ft 4ins (1.63m) tall, with vital statistics of 34B-25-36.
Bolger has appeared in over 25 TV and film titles, including the hit films “Stormbreaker” and “In America,” which has seen her fame skyrocket. She has earned a decent sum from her acting endeavors, and is worth approximately $1 million as of late 2022.