MARY Queen Of Scots star Saoirse Ronan has described the film's Scottish premiere at Edinburgh Castle as "the most special screening".

The 24-year-old spoke of feeling as though the production was being brought home, having already had its international and European premieres.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined Scottish actors Jack Lowden and James McArdle and comedienne Karen Dunbar, who appear in the film, at the event on Monday.

It is a story based on the Scottish monarch's reign and her relationship with Queen Elizabeth I of England.

Irish actress Ronan, who rose to fame at the age of 13 in Atonement, appears as the titular queen.

She said: "It's the most special screening we've had so far because it just feels like we're bringing it home.

"All the Scots that are in the film are able to stand next to the film and hopefully be proud of it.

"Just the fact that we have hopefully been able to honour this woman in some very, very small way - and do that here - is just amazing."

Margot Robbie has been shortlisted for a Best Supporting Actress Bafta for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I, the cousin of Mary Queen of Scots.

Ronan said she wanted to display all aspects of Mary's character, not just her strength.

She said: "I think it's as important to show a woman who is strong and powerful, just as much as it is to show someone who is flawed."