True Story: "Philomena" is based on Philomena Lee and the journalist who wrote about her story in his book. The journalist's name is Martin Sixsmith.
Read the true story that inspired "Philomena" here.
|The real Philomena Lee with writer Martin Sixsmith: (The Guardian: Photographer Graham Turner)|
When she fell pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent of Roscrea, Co. Limerick, to be looked after as a 'fallen woman' and at the age of three her baby was whisked away and 'sold' to America for adoption. Coerced into signing a document promising 'Never to Seek to Know' what the Church did with him, she never saw him again.