|Born||1982 (age 31–32)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
|Nationality||Irish / Ethiopian|
Ruth Negga (born 1982) is an Ethiopian-born Irish actress raised in Dublin who has starred in Irish films such as Capital Letters (2004) (also released as Trafficked in some countries), Isolation (2005) and Breakfast on Pluto (2005). She has also appeared in the BBC mini-series Criminal Justice, RTÉ's Love/Hate and E4's Misfits.
Early life and education
Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1982, where she lived until she was four, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. She is an only child. She has a large family on her mother's side. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Since 2006 she has lived in London.
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 (2005). 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 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.
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.. In 2013, she appeared in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave.
- Phèdre – National Theatre London (2009)
- Hamlet – National Theatre London (2010/11)
- Playboy of the Western World – Old Vic Theatre London (2011)
-The Replacement (2004)
|Capital Letters||Taiwo||Feature film|
|Love is the Drug||Lisa Sheerin||TV series|
|2005||3-Minute 4-Play||Woman||Short film|
|Breakfast on Pluto||Charlie||Feature film|
|Colour Me Kubrick||Lolita||Feature film|
|2006||The Four Horsemen||Woman Priest||Short film|
|2008||Criminal Justice||Melanie Lloyd||TV series|
|2009||Personal Affairs||Doris 'Sid' Siddiqi||TV series|
|The Nativity||Leah||TV series|
|2010–2011||Love Hate||Rosie||TV miniseries|
|2011||Five Daughters||Rochelle||TV series|
|Shirley||Shirley Bassey||TV drama|
|2013||12 Years a Slave||Celeste||Feature film|
|Secret State||Agnes Evans||TV drama|
|World War Z||WHO doctor||Feature film|
|All Is by My Side||Ida||Feature film|
|Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.||Raina||TV series|
- IMDB Page – Biography
- Gutierrez, Jorge (2 December 2006). "Ruth Negga, a star without a label". Cafe Babel.com. Retrieved 18 May 2009.
- Phil Hoad (8 January 2006). "Rising Star: Ruth Negga, actor". The Observer.
- Cineuropa – Interviews – Ruth Negga, Actress. Cineuropa.org.
- P.A.s cast have Secs Appeal on BBC Three BBC Press Office. 2 June 2008
- Company Members: Ruth Negga National Theatre. April 2009
- Pan Pan Theatre official website
- 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.