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Ruth Negga

Ruth Negga

Jan. 7th, 1982
Born in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
5" 3'

Ruth Negga's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Preacher TV Show
Criminal Justice (UK) TV Show
Criminal Justice (UK)
Personal Affairs (UK) TV Show
Personal Affairs (UK)
The Nativity (UK) TV Show
The Nativity (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Ruth Negga (born 1982) is an Ethiopian-Irish actress who has starred in Irish films such as Capital Letters (2004), Isolation (2005) and Breakfast On Pluto (2005). She has also appeared in the BBC mini-series Criminal Justice and E4's Misfits.


Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until she was four, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven.[2] She now lives in Dublin,[2] but continues to visit Ethiopia.
Negga trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin,[4] 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 (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.[2] 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’s theatre work includes roles in Duck, Titus Andronicus and Lay Me Down Softly.[6] 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.

  • Has an Irish mother and Ethiopian father.
  • 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.
  • Has been chosen as the Irish Shooting Star for the Berlin Film Festival.

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