Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish actres. 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).
After seeing Negga act, director Neil Jordan changed the script of "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 also appeared as Dame Shirley Bassey in the BBC production "Shirley" in 2011, and won the IFTA Award for Best Actress 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". Shanalotte is a key character in the game, providing guidance to the player as well as permitting the player to develop their character in exchange for collected souls.
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." In 2013, she appeared in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave." In March 2015, Negga was cast in the role of Tulip O'Hare in AMC fantasy drama series "Preacher" and will portray Lady Taria in "Warcraft."
For her portrayal of Mildred Loving in Loving, Negga was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress and won an Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actress, and she was nominated for the BAFTA Rising Star Award. In 2020, she was ranked number 10 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors. In February 2021, it was announced that Negga will star in and executive produce a limited drama series about legendary Jazz age performer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker.
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