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Ruth 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. She now lives in Dublin, but continues to visit Ethiopia.
Negga trained 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 (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.
Trailer for her new movie “Trafficked”.
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. As of 2007 she began working with the Irish theatrical group Pan Pan Theatre.
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.