Ruth Negga

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  • Birth Place: Addis Abada, Ethiopia
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Born in Ethiopia, she moved to Dublin with her Irish mother after the death of her father in a car crash.
  • After auditioning for a role in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto, Jordan was so impressed that he changed the part so she could play it.
  • Played Ophelia in Hamlet at the National Theatre in London in 2010, opposite Rory Kinnear as the title character.
  • Only had eight days to prepare for the title role of Shirley Bassey in the BBA drama biopic, Shirley.
  • Filmed scenes for 12 Years a Slave, but her role was eventually cut from the film.

Awards

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  • 2004, Olivier Awards — Most Promising Newcomer in an Affiliate Theatre: Nominee
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  • 2016, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
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  • 2017, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2016, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
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  • 2017, BAFTA Film Awards — Rising Star Award: Nominee
  • 2017, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee

Relationships

  • Dominic Cooper — Significant Other

College

  • Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland (BA in Acting Studies)