Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish TV and film actress who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Ruth earned a BA in Acting Studies from Trinity College in Dublin.
Ruth Negga, now 39 years old, was born on the 7th of January, 1982. Her mother and father met at Addis Ababa’s Black Lion Hospital. Her mother was Irish and her father was an Ethiopian. Her mother fled from Ethiopia due to political unrest the four-year-old Ruth. Her mother and she were on their way to Limerick, Ireland, with her father expected to join them later. Ruth didn’t return to Ethiopia until she was 18 years old.
The actress made her cinematic debut playing the role of Taiwo in Capital Letters (2004). The next year, she landed the major part of Mary in Isolation. After seeing Ruth perform, executive Neil Jordan altered the title to Breakfast on Pluto in order for her to star in the film.
She began working with the Pan Theater, an Irish dramatic group, in 2007. She portrayed Ophelia in the National Theater’s production of Hamlet in 2010. She voiced Shanalotte, aka “the Emerald Herald,” in the video game Dark Souls II in the same year. Earning the IFTA Award for Best Actress for her performance as Dame Shirley Bassey in the BBC production Shirley in 2011.
‘Lovings’ was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and was afterward screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ruth received acclaim for her performance and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, the Golden Globe Award, and the BAFTA Rising Star Award.
In 2019, Ruth was cast in the science fiction film Ad-Astra alongside Brad Pitt as Roy McBride and Tommy Lee Jones. While her most recent work, “Passing,” a film based on Nella Larsen’s Harlem Renaissance novel from 1929, was released in 2021. In which she played a perplexing character who is sure to linger with viewers for a long time.
Ruth Negga’s acting career and personal life are both fascinating, and we’re excited to see how her profession develops and how her star continues to evolve.