How Jessie Buckley went from TV show runner-up to Oscar nomination

Irish actress Jessie Buckley, 32, has come a long way in her career since rising to prominence over a decade ago at a BBC talent show – in which she was finalist.

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Jessie Buckley celebrates her first Oscar nomination this week, having come a long way in her career since she shot to fame on a TV show fourteen years ago.

The Irish actor, 32, is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category for her performance in the Netflix psychological drama The Lost Daughter (2021).

She played the younger version of Olivia Colman’s character in the film, with Colman, 48, herself nominated in the Best Actress category at this year’s ceremony.

The awards ceremony will take place next month, with the very achievement of being nominated a major milestone in Buckley’s career – which began in musical theatre.

Jessie Buckley was a finalist for I’d Do Anything in 2008



She first came to prominence in 2008’s I’d Do Anything, which saw artists vying for the opportunity to play Nancy in the West End revival of the musical Oliver!

The show, overseen by Andrew Lloyd Webber, now 73, was won by Jodie Prenger, now 42. Buckley was a finalist, with Samantha Barks, now 31, also a finalist.

After the competition, Buckley made her West End debut in A Little Night Music, although she has recently won acclaim for projects off the stage.

Jessie starred in the historic mini-series Chernobyl in 2019 (Image: Sky/HBO)


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She had roles in TV shows such as War & Peace (2016), Taboo (2017) and gave an award-winning performance in the historical mini-series Chernobyl in 2019.

Her film credits include musical drama Wild Rose (2018), biographical drama Judy (2019), and psychological thriller I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020).

And she recently returned to the West End in Cabaret alongside Eddie Redmayne, 40. She plays the lead role of Sally Bowles in the musical at the Playhouse Theatre.

The actress and singer has been nominated for numerous awards in her career, most recently an Oscar



His competition for the Oscar includes Dame Judi Dench, 87 – who is nominated for playing ‘grandmother’ in Belfast (2021).

Other nominees in the category are West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose, 31, Power of the Dog’s Kirsten Dunst, 39, and King Richard’s Aunjanue Ellis, 52.

The Daily Mail reports that Buckley said following his nomination announcement: “‘I’m in shock! The Lost Daughter is so special to me. To be recognized for anything about it is only ‘a crazy dream come true.’

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