Negga at the 2016
San Diego Comic-Con International
January 7, 1982|
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin (B.A.)|
Ruth Negga (born January 7, 1982) is an Ethiopian-Irish actress who has appeared in the films Capital Letters (2004) (also released as Trafficked in some countries), Isolation (2005), Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Warcraft and Loving (both 2016). She has also played roles in television, such as in the BBC's mini-series Criminal Justice, RTÉ's Love/Hate, E4's Misfits, and ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In 2016 she begin a starring role as Tulip O'Hare in AMC's Preacher.
Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 1982, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father, and lived in the country until she was four. She is an only child, but has a large family on her mother's side. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.
Negga studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a BA in Acting Studies.
Negga made her screen debut in the Irish film Capital Letters (2004), playing the lead role of Taiwo. She went on to play the lead role of Mary in Isolation the following year. Prior to this she had been working mostly in theatre.
After seeing Negga act, director Neil Jordan changed the script to Breakfast on Pluto so that she could appear in the movie. She has also starred in Colour Me Kubrick (2005), with John Malkovich, and the short films The Four Horsemen, 3-Minute 4-Play and Stars.
On television Negga has appeared in Doctors, Criminal Justice and the Irish series Love Is the Drug. She also played the lead role of Doris "Sid" Siddiqi in the BBC Three series Personal Affairs, alongside Laura Aikman, Annabel Scholey and Maimie McCoy. Negga portrayed Rosie in the first two series of Love/Hate. Negga also appeared as Dame Shirley Bassey in the BBC production Shirley in 2011, and won the IFTA Award for Best Actress (Television) for her performance.
Negga's theatre work includes roles in Duck, Titus Andronicus and Lay Me Down Softly. As of 2007 she began working with the Irish theatrical group Pan Pan Theatre. In 2010, she played Ophelia in the National Theatre's production of Hamlet.
Negga has also provided voice acting in the video game Dark Souls II, playing Shanalotte, otherwise known as "the Emerald Herald". Shanalotte is a key character in the game, providing guidance to the player as well as permitting the player to develop their character in exchange for collected souls.
In 2013, it was announced that Negga had been booked for a recurring role as Raina on the American TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. She appeared in 17 episodes of the programme. In 2013, she appeared in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave. In March 2015, Negga was cast in the role of Tulip O'Hare in AMC fantasy drama series Preacher, which debuted the following year.
In 2016, Negga starred in Loving, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film is based on the true story of the Lovings, a married interracial couple in 1950s and 1960s Virginia, whose relationship lead to the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Negga received rave reviews for the role.
Negga has been dating and living with actor Dominic Cooper in London since 2010.
- Duck: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh (2003)
- Phèdre: National Theatre London (2009)
- Hamlet: National Theatre London (2010/11)
- Playboy of the Western World: Old Vic Theatre London (2011)
|2005||3-Minute 4-Play||Woman||Short film|
|2005||Breakfast on Pluto||Charlie|
|2005||Colour Me Kubrick||Lolita|
|2006||The Four Horsemen||Woman Priest||Short film|
|2011||Hello Carter||Doctor||Short film|
|2013||World War Z||WHO doctor|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Celeste||Deleted scenes|
|2013||Jimi: All Is by My Side||Ida|
|2013||Things He Never Said||Rachel||Short film|
|2014||Of Mind and Music||Jessica|
|2016||Loving||Mildred Loving|| Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award|
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Vituosos Award
Pending — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
Pending — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Pending — Satellite Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Actress
|2016||Warcraft||Lady Taria, Queen of Stormwind|
|2004||Doctors||Wanda Harrison||Episode: "The Replacement"|
|2004||Love is the Drug||Lisa Sheerin||4 episodes|
|2008||Criminal Justice||Melanie Lloyd||5 episodes|
|2009||Personal Affairs||Doris "Sid" Siddiqi||5 episodes|
|2010||Five Daughters||Rochelle||3 episodes|
|2010||The Nativity||Leah||4 episodes|
|2011||Shirley||Shirley Bassey||Television film|
|2012||Secret State||Agnes Evans||4 episodes|
|2013–2015||Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Raina||17 episodes|
|2014||Dark Souls II||Shanalotte|
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- Phil Hoad (8 January 2006). "Rising Star: Ruth Negga, actor". The Observer.
- Alan Owens, "Ruth's star is on the rise with BBC", Limerick Leader, 20 August 2011.
- Cineuropa – Interviews – Ruth Negga, Actress. Cineuropa.org.
- "P.A.s cast have Secs Appeal on BBC Three". BBC Press Office. 2 June 2008.
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- Company Members: Ruth Negga, National Theatre. April 2009.
- "Jere Burns Upped On 'Justified', Michael Rispoli, Ruth Negga, Danielle Nicolet In Arcs". Deadline.com.
- Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 105: Girl in the Flower Dress. Marvel.com.
- First Casting Announcement for AMC’s “Preacher”!
- "Ruth Negga portrays civil rights activist Mildred Loving". Toronto Star, November 10, 2016, page E1.
- McBride, Caitlin (8 June 2016). "Irish actress Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper make rare public appearance at Warcraft premiere". Irish Independent. Retrieved 9 June 2016.