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Negga in 2017
7 January 1982 |
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Dublin (B.A.)|
Ruth Negga (//; born 7 January 1982) is an Ethiopian-born Irish actress 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 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.
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. Negga lived in the country until she was four. She is an only child. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.
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 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 appeared as Dame Shirley Bassey in the BBC production Shirley in 2011 and won the IFTA Award for Best Actress (Television) for her performance. Her 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. She 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.. She appeared in 17 episodes of the programme. She filmed scenes for Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, but her role was ultimately cut from the movie. 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 the 1950s and 1960s Virginia, whose relationship led to the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia. Negga received rave reviews for the role, 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.
Negga was nominated as 2003's Most Promising Newcomer at the Olivier Awards. She was chosen as Ireland's Shooting Star for the 2006 Berlin Film Festival. She has received many accolades for her role of Mildred Loving in the 2016 film Loving, including Academy Award, Critic's Choice, and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress.
|2005||Breakfast on Pluto||Charlie|
|2005||Colour Me Kubrick||Lolita|
|2013||World War Z||WHO doctor|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Celeste||Deleted scenes|
|2013||Jimi: All Is by My Side||Ida|
|2014||Of Mind and Music||Jessica|
|2016||Warcraft||Lady Taria, Queen of Stormwind|
|2006||The Four Horsemen||Woman Priest|
|2013||Things He Never Said||Rachel|
|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, 2018||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Raina||Recurring (season 1-2), Guest (season 5)|
|2016–present||Preacher||Tulip O'Hare||Main cast|
|2014||Dark Souls II||Shanalotte (Emerald Herald)||Nominated — BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Female Lead Vocal Performance
Nominated — BTVA Video Game Voice Acting Award for Best Vocal Ensemble
|2005||Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Film||Breakfast on Pluto||Nominated|
|Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Lead Role – Film||Isolation||Nominated|
|2011||Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television||Love/Hate||Nominated|
|2012||Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Television||Misfits||Nominated|
|Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Lead Role – Television||Shirley||Won|
|Royal Television Society||RTS Television Award for Best Actor (Female)||Shirley||Nominated|
|Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Television||Secret State||Nominated|
|2015||British Academy Scotland Awards||Best Actress in Film||Iona||Nominated|
|London Film Critics Circle Awards||British/Irish Actress of the Year||Loving and Iona||Nominated|
|2016||New York Film Critics Online||Best Breakthrough Performer||Loving||Won|
|African-American Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Won|
|Alliance of Women Film Journalists||Best Actress||Won|
|Black Reel Awards||Outstanding Actress||Won|
|Palm Springs International Film Festival||Rising Star Award||Won|
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival||Vituosos Award||Won|
|Satellite Awards||Best Actress (tied with Isabelle Huppert)||Won|
|Academy Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|AACTA International Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Austin Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|BAFTA Rising Star Award||BAFTA Rising Star Award||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Florida Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama||Nominated|
|Gotham Independent Film Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|London Film Critics Circle Awards||British/Irish Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Awards||Best Actress||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2016||Irish Film & Television Academy||Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Drama||Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Nominated|