Ruthie Ann Miles
Off-Broadway, she has played Christmas Eve in Avenue Q and starred as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, winning a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for the latter role. Miles performed the role of Lady Thiang in the 2015–2016 Lincoln Center production of The King and I on Broadway, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2016, she had a recurring television role on The Americans. In 2018, after recovering from injuries from a car accident that killed her daughter and caused her to lose her unborn child, Miles returned to the stage, reprising her role in the West End production of The King and I.
Miles was born in Arizona and raised by her Korean mother, Esther Wong, a music teacher, first in Korea and, from 2nd grade, in Honolulu, Hawaii. "I had to work very quickly and very hard to break my accent," Miles has said. She attended Kaimuki High School, graduating in 2001, and then Southern Oregon University before earning her bachelor's degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2005. She received a master's degree at New York University.
With the off-Broadway York Theatre, Miles appeared as Leah in Two by Two and Red Urchin in The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd. She played Christmas Eve and other characters in Avenue Q off-Broadway for two years beginning in 2011. For her starring role as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, in 2013 off-Broadway at The Public Theatre, she won a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award. Miles has appeared in national tours of Sweeney Todd (as Adolfo Pirelli) and Annie. She has played numerous roles in regional theatre and appeared as a doctor in the film I Am Michael.
Miles received positive reviews for her role as Lady Thiang in the 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I, with Ben Brantley of The New York Times writing that she "turns 'Something Wonderful' into an exquisite expression of romantic realism that could be the show's anthem." Another critic called her "the one featured performer in a play or musical, on or off-Broadway, who I thought was giving the best performance this season ... [her] Lady Thiang is more empathetic than in other productions I have seen. ... People who see this King and I will think about Lady Thiang. They will think about what she knows, what she feels." For this role, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.
In 2016, Miles appeared in a recurring role in the television series The Americans, playing Young-Hee Seong, a Korean immigrant and Mary Kay consultant whose husband is of interest to the KGB. In February 2018, Miles played Svetlana in a Kennedy Center concert production of the musical Chess. In August 2018, Miles joined the West End production of The King and I, reprising her Broadway role.
She is married to Jonathan Blumenstein. On March 5, 2018, Miles was injured, and the couple's four-year-old daughter Abigail Blumenstein was killed, while crossing a street in Brooklyn, New York after they and other pedestrians were struck by a car that was driven through a red light. She was 7 months pregnant with her second child at the time of the incident. On May 11, 2018, Miles and Blumenstein lost their unborn child. Miles returned to the stage in August 2018.
Awards and nominations
|2014||Lucille Lortel Award||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical||Here Lies Love||Won|
|Theatre World Award||Honoree|
|2015||Tony Award||Best Featured Actress in a Musical||The King and I||Won|
|Drama League Award||Distinguished Performance||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical||Won|
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