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Ruth Negga in Loving.

About Ruth Negga (1982 – ____)

Ruth 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, but has a large family on her mother's side. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.

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

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, but has a large family on her mother's side. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven. Raised in Limerick, Ireland, she has lived in London since 2006.

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

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 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 portrayed Rosie in the first two series of Love/Hate. 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.

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.. 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 1950s and 1960s Virginia, whose relationship lead 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 has been dating and living with actor Dominic Cooper in London since 2010.

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 an Academy Award, Critic's Choice, and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actress.

Ruth Negga's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
2004Capital LettersTaiwo
2005StarsSophie
20053-Minute 4-PlayWoman
2005Breakfast on PlutoCharlie
2005IsolationMary
2005Colour Me KubrickLolita
2006The Four HorsemenWoman Priest
2009CorduroyTess
2010Jacob
2010BleachAnne
2011Hello CarterDoctor
2012The SamaritanIris
2013World War ZWHO doctor
201312 Years a SlaveCeleste
2013Jimi: All Is by My SideIda
2013Things He Never SaidRachel
2014NobleJoan
2014Of Mind and MusicJessica
2015IonaIona
2016WarcraftLady Taria, Queen of Stormwind
2016LovingMildred Loving

Ruth Negga's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
2004DoctorsWanda Harrison
2004Love is the DrugLisa Sheerin
2008Criminal JusticeMelanie Lloyd
2009Personal AffairsDoris "Sid" Siddiqi
2010Five DaughtersRochelle
2010–
2011
Love/HateRosie
2010MisfitsNikki
2010The NativityLeah
2011ShirleyShirley Bassey
2012Secret StateAgnes Evans
2013–
2015
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Raina
2016–
present
PreacherTulip O'Hare

Academy Nominations/Awards won by Ruth Negga include...

Year Movie Award
2016LovingBest Actress (Nominated)

Memorable Quotes by Ruth Negga

“ I like working with people who are kind, above all else. I don't really want to work with someone who will manipulate me. The idea that you must treat actors a certain way in order to get a performance out of them kind of disturbs me, and it's disregarding what we do. Our job is to do our job. I don't believe that directors need to essentially manipulate actors into doing things. You can suffer for your art, and you can make your own self suffer for your art. You don't need anyone else to do it for you. I work best when there's a safety trampoline of kindness. I think a film like "Loving" generates compassion and empathy. I really do think we need a lot of that in the world. ”

Things You May Not Know About Ruth Negga

She was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate Theatre for her performance in Duck at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Jerwood Court.

She was chosen as the Irish Shooting Star for the Berlin Film Festival.

She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian father and Irish mother. She was raised in Limerick, Ireland from the age of four.

She counts All About Eve (1950), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Big Business (1988), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Legend (1985) and Labyrinth (1986) among her most memorable films.

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Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton in Loving (2016)... third picture with Christopher Mann.
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Negga as Tulip O'Hare in episodes of Preacher (2016)... top picture with Joseph Gilgun
and Dominic Cooper... second picture with W. Earl Brown, Joseph Gilgun, Anatol Yusef, Dominic Cooper, Tom Brooke, Lucy Griffiths, Ian Colletti, and Derek Wilson.
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Negga in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-2015)... top picture with B.J. Britt...
middle picture with Chloe Bennet... bottom picture with Kyle MacLachlan.
In Jimi: All Is By My Side. (2013).
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Ruth Negga and Samuel L. Jackson in The Samaritan (2012).