Who is the actress Lara McDonnell who appeared in “Artemis Fowl”?
Lara McDonnell was born in Dublin, Ireland, on 7 November 2003 – her zodiac sign is Scorpio and she holds Irish nationality. She is an actress, who has just recently become popular for portraying Holly Short, one of the lead characters in the 2020 family fantasy movie “Artemis Fowl” which was released on 12 June, written by Conor McPherson and Eoin Colfer and directed by Kenneth Branagh.
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The movie also starred Ferdia Shaw and Josh Gad, and is about a young criminal who is hunting fairies to learn about the whereabouts of his missing father – it received mixed reviews.
Childhood and education
Lara was raised alongside her younger brother and sister in Dublin, by their father who is a theatre actor, and their mother who is working at a local insurance company.
She became interested in acting at a very early age, and joined her elementary school’s drama club when she was seven, appearing in nearly all the plays performed at the school.
Lara got to launch her acting career in early 2014, when she was invited to star as Matilda in the eponymous musical play performed at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the West End. She enrolled at a high school in 2017, and became physically active as she started playing soccer and tennis mostly to stay fit for her roles, however, she soon decided to be homeschooled because of her frequent travel to the US for acting assignments. She should be passing her high school tests in 2021, and won’t be enrolling at a college as she is planning on pursuing a career as an actress.
Career as an actress
In 2014 at the age of 10, Lara played Young Rosie in the romantic comedy film “Love, Rosie” written by Juliette Towhidi and Cecelia Ahern, directed by Christian Ditter and which starred Lily Collins, Sam Claflin and Christian Cooke. The story follows Rosie and Alex, two friends who have known each other since they were five years old and who are now dating – the film received mostly positive reviews.
The year 2016 saw Lara portray Young Anne in the historical drama film “Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters”, which was written and directed by Sally Wainwright, and starred Finn Atkins, Charlie Murphy and Chloe Pirrie. It is about the Bronte sisters trying to publish their books, which later became acknowledged as some of the greatest books in English literature – the film was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Made for Television.
Lara has only been credited with one other role: she played Alannah in the 2018 romantic drama film “The Delinquent Season”. written and directed by Mark O’Rowe, and which starred Cillian Murphy, Eva Birthistle and Catherine Walker. It follows two married couples who are having problems with staying loyal to their other halves – the movie received mixed reviews.
Lara has recently been invited to appear in two talk shows – “Entertainment Tonight Canada” and “Broadway.com #LiveatFive”.
Love life and relationships
Lara is very secretive when it comes to her love life, and hasn’t talked about any boys she might have dated, but there are rumors circulating the internet that she might be in a relationship with the Irish actor Ferdia Shaw, who starred alongside her in the movie “Artemis Fowl” – several of Lara’s fans claim to have seen the two spending time together on multiple occasions, including walking in the streets of Dublin and in restaurants. “Artemis Fowl” is so far Ferdia’s only credit, but he has appeared in many plays performed at theatres around Dublin. He is a year younger than Lara, and is the grandson of the famous actor Robert Shaw, who became famous worldwide after his portrayal of Quint in the adventure thriller movie “Jaws”.
I’m officially a dancing queen 🥳 pic.twitter.com/oaqQYi7GVP
— Lara McDonnell (@laramcdonnell1) November 7, 2020
As Lara hasn’t commented on the rumors concerning her relationship with Ferdia, she is single as of October 2020, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Lara wasn’t interested in travelling until she got to fly to the US for the first time, and today she considers traveling one of her main hobbies – she has been to many European countries such as France, Italy and Spain, and has also been to California and Florida in the US.
She is keen on reading, and her favorite author is J. K. Rowling, while her favorite books are “Harry Potter”, “Percy Jackson” and “The Lord of the Rings”.
Lara is physically active, as she does yoga and plays soccer, and she’s also following a somewhat strict diet, thus her fit body.
She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Harrison Ford, Keanu Reeves and Emma Watson, and a few of her favorite movies are the franchise “Harry Potter”, the trilogy “The Matrix” and the drama “Hachiko: A Dog’s Tale”.
Age, height and net worth
Lara’s age is 16. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 1in (1.55m) and she weighs around 105lbs (47kgs).
As of October 2020, Lara’s net worth has been estimated at over $80,000.