Saoirse Ronan has spoken about Lindsay Lohan, suggesting that she could have ended up like the troubled actress without the support of her family.

The Irish actress came to fame aged 13 in Atonement, for which she gained a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nod, before going on to star in films such as Hanna, The Lovely Bones, The Host and Byzantium.

Ronan told Time Out London: "I could have ended up like Lindsay Lohan.

"You're being offered all these different temptations... and everyone is either telling you how great you are or talking about you behind your back."

She added: "Lindsay Lohan was the It girl from, like, 14. That's a lot of pressure.

"If you don't have your mam telling you, 'Remember, you're still my daughter', you're going to go off the rails."

Ronan also opened up about the type of roles she would like to take on in the future, and rejected the perception that she is "ethereal".

She explained: "I'm not like that, you know. I'm not ethereal. I wanted to play different girls.

"It sounds kind of simple and a bit silly, but I wanted to play someone who says 'f**k'. I wanted to play someone who had a temper, had an attitude, and is a bit of a bitch."