These are Jessie Buckley’s best performances, ranked

Jessie Buckley was born in Killarney, Ireland and rose to prominence after appearing in Andrew Lloyd Webber I would do anything talent show, which offered contestants the opportunity to play Nancy in a West End revival of Olivier. Although she finished second, Buckley quickly launched a career in acting soon after. Indeed, she made her film debut in 2017 with Beast at the same time as she starred in the series directed by Tom Hardy Taboo. Since then, Buckley has appeared in high-profile projects like the HBO miniseries Chernobylby Netflix I’m thinking of ending things (from legendary director Charlie Kaufman), and FX’s Fargo (season 4).

Buckley’s most recent film is Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The lost girl, in which she plays the young Leda Caruso. Her stunning performance of a woman struggling with motherhood earned her a 2022 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Next, Buckley is set to appear in Alex Garland’s horror film A24 Men. While we wait for more details on the movie, here’s a look at Jessie Buckley’s best performances, ranked.

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7 Fargo


Fargo is a dark crime comedy-drama created by Noah Hawley based on the 1996 film of the same name, written and directed by the Coen brothers. The series premiered in 2014 and each season follows a different story based on different characters. Jessie Buckley starred in Season 4 as Oraetta Mayflower, she excelled on the show.

6 Chernobyl


2019 saw a historical miniseries depicting the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and subsequent cleanup efforts in Craig Mazin Chernobyl, airing on HBO in the US and Sky in the UK. The series received excellent reviews and featured an ensemble cast including: Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson and Paul Ritte. Jessie Buckley played the role of Lyudmilla Ignatenko, the wife of Vasily Ignatenko, who was a firefighter who responded to the disaster and was subjected to extreme radiation damage, which ultimately led to his death. Buckley plays her role with sentimentality and portrays the real impact of the disaster on families.

5 Judy


Jessie Buckley starred in Rupert Goold’s adaptation of the Tony Broadway and West End nominated play created by Peter Quilter, Judy. The film depicts the life of Judy Garland and follows the last year of her life when she moved to Britain to pursue her career on stage, with flashbacks to her career as a young actress in Hollywood, including her most iconic of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. The film starred Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Buckley plays Rosalyn Wilder, Judy’s assistant who developed a relationship with her in the last stage of his life. Buckley also received strong reviews for her performance, and the film helped her gain recognition as a major league player.

4 Beast


Beast was a British psychological thriller film written and directed by Michael Pearce, which follows a young woman named Moll (Jessie Buckley) who lives in a small island community as she falls in love with a stranger, Pascal (Johnny Flynn), who allows her to escape her oppressive family. He is later investigated for a series of murders, for which Moll defends him. It was one of Buckley’s first leading roles, and she excelled at it, which clearly shows the successful career she would have ahead of her.

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3 wild rose

wild rose

Jessie Buckley continued her momentum by playing the lead role when she starred in Tom Harper’s musical drama, wild rose, released in 2018. She takes the lead as Rose-Lynn Harlan, a Scottish woman who juggles between her job and her career after her release from prison. Rose-Lynn travels to Nashville to pursue her career as a country music star. It’s a heartwarming story that showcases Buckley’s talents as an actress as well as her early days as a musical theater star, blending the two disciplines seamlessly.

2 I’m thinking of ending things


Jessie Buckley starred alongside Jesse Plemons in the 2020 psychological thriller I’m thinking of ending things directed by Charlie Kaufman. It is an adaptation of the 2016 novel of the same name by Ian Reid and follows a young woman (Buckley), whose exact name is never confirmed, who goes on a journey with her boyfriend (Plemons) to meet her parents ( played by Toni Collette and David Thewlis). It’s a film about the human condition, and it received positive reviews from critics, showcasing the abilities of all the actors well.

1 The lost girl

the lost girl

The lost girl was a 2021 psychological drama and was Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante. Olivia Colman plays the lead role, Leda, a college professor who confronts her troubling past after meeting a woman and her young daughter while vacationing in Europe. Jessie Buckley stars as the younger version of Leda, and both actresses won acclaim, being nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

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