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Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga
Ruth Negga by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
Negga in 2016
Born (1982-01-07) 7 January 1982 (age 35)[1]
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nationality Irish, Ethiopian
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin (B.A.)
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Ruth Negga (/ˈnɡə/; born 7 January 1982) is an Ethiopian-Irish actress,[2] who has appeared in the films Capital Letters (2004) (also released as Trafficked in some countries), Isolation (2005), Breakfast on Pluto (2005) and Warcraft (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 began a starring role as Tulip O'Hare in AMC's Preacher.

For her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving (2016), Negga was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, as well as the BAFTA Rising Star Award.

Early life

Negga was born in 1982 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to an Irish mother, Norra, and an Ethiopian father, Dr. Negga. Her parents met while her mother was working as a nurse in Ethiopia.[3] Negga 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.[4] Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.[5][6]

Negga studied at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin,[7] graduating with a BA in Acting Studies.[4]

Career

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.[7]

After seeing Negga act, director Neil Jordan changed the script to Breakfast on Pluto so that she could appear in the movie.[4] 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.

Negga at the 2016 Cannes Festival

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.[8] Negga portrayed Rosie in the first two series of Love/Hate.[9] 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.[10] 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".

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..[11][12] She appeared in 17 episodes of the programme.[9] She filmed scenes for Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, but her role was ultimately cut from the movie.[13] In March 2015, Negga was cast in the role of Tulip O'Hare in AMC fantasy drama series Preacher, which debuted the following year.[14]

In 2016, Negga starred in Loving, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival.[13][15] The film is based on the true story of the Lovings, a married interracial couple in 1950s and 1960s Virginia, whose relationship led to the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Negga received rave reviews for the role,[9] and garnered multiple award nominations, including for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.[16][17]

Personal life

Negga has been dating and living with actor Dominic Cooper in London since 2010.[9][18]

Awards

Negga was nominated as 2003's Most Promising Newcomer at the Olivier Awards.[5] She was chosen as Ireland's Shooting Star for the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.[7] She has received many accolades for her role of Mildred Loving in the 2016 film Loving, including an Academy Award, Critic's Choice, and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress.

Theatre

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Capital Letters Taiwo
2005 Stars Sophie Short film
2005 3-Minute 4-Play Woman Short film
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Charlie Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Film
2005 Isolation Mary Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role – Film
2005 Colour Me Kubrick Lolita
2006 The Four Horsemen Woman Priest Short film
2009 Corduroy Tess Short film
2010 Jacob
2010 Bleach Anne Short film
2011 Hello Carter Doctor Short film
2012 Fury Iris
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 Noble Joan
2014 Of Mind and Music Jessica
2015 Iona Iona Nominated — British Academy Scotland Award for Best Actress in Film
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British/Irish Actress of the Year
2016 Warcraft Lady Taria, Queen of Stormwind
2016 Loving Mildred Loving African-American Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Actress
Black Reel Award for Outstanding Actress
New York Film Critics Online Best Breakthrough Performer
Palm Springs International Film Festival Rising Star Award
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Vituosos Award
Satellite Award for Best Actress (tied with Isabelle Huppert)
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — AACTA International Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Austin Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Rising Star Award
Nominated — Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British/Irish Actress of the Year
Nominated — NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress

Television

Year Title Role Notes
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
2010–2011 Love/Hate Rosie 8 episodes
Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television
2010 Misfits Nikki 6 episodes
Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Television
2010 The Nativity Leah 4 episodes
2011 Shirley Shirley Bassey Television film
Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role – Television
Nominated — RTS Television Award for Best Actor (Female)
2012 Secret State Agnes Evans 4 episodes
Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television
2013–2015 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Raina 17 episodes
Nominated — Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television
2016–present Preacher Tulip O'Hare

Video games

Year Title Voice role Notes
2014 Dark Souls II Shanalotte Nominated — BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Female Lead Vocal Performance
Nominated — BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble

See also

References

  1. ^ "Ruth Negga Biography". Goldenglobes.com. Retrieved 19 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Oscars 2017: Ruth Negga nominated for best actress award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  3. ^ [www.limerickleader.ie]
  4. ^ a b c Gutierrez, Jorge (2 December 2006). "Ruth Negga, a star without a label". Cafe Babel.com. Retrieved 18 May 2009. 
  5. ^ a b Phil Hoad (8 January 2006). "Rising Star: Ruth Negga, actor". The Observer. 
  6. ^ Alan Owens, "Ruth's star is on the rise with BBC", Limerick Leader, 20 August 2011.
  7. ^ a b c Cineuropa – Interviews – Ruth Negga, Actress. Cineuropa.org.
  8. ^ "P.A.s cast have Secs Appeal on BBC Three". BBC Press Office. 2 June 2008.
  9. ^ a b c d Notaro, Vicki (23 May 2016). "How Oscar-tipped Ruth Negga's star has finally ascended...". Irish Independent. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  10. ^ Company Members: Ruth Negga, National Theatre. April 2009.
  11. ^ "Jere Burns Upped On 'Justified', Michael Rispoli, Ruth Negga, Danielle Nicolet In Arcs". Deadline.com.
  12. ^ Declassifying Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Ep. 105: Girl in the Flower Dress. Marvel.com.
  13. ^ a b Clarke, Donald (17 May 2016). "Negga's 'Loving' performance already generating Oscar buzz". The Irish Times. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  14. ^ First Casting Announcement for AMC’s “Preacher”!
  15. ^ "Ruth Negga portrays civil rights activist Mildred Loving". Toronto Star, 10 November 2016, page E1.
  16. ^ "Oscar nominations 2017: the full list". Guardian. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  17. ^ Brady, Sarah (6 February 2017). "Ruth Negga continues her successful award season run with yet another honour". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 February 2017. 
  18. ^ 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. 

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