Who Is Ruth Negga?
The color red is often chosen for major awards ceremony fashion, but not every woman can pull off the boldness and presence the shade demands, unless she is Ruth Negga. The stunning Oscar nominee appeared to be floating across the red carpet at the 89th Academy Awards event on Sunday. Hollywood was all abuzz, and eyes were fixed upon Ms. Negga in her Pierpaolo Piccioli–designed Valentino lace dress with the high neck, long sleeves and delicate train. She appeared like a ruby goddess.
“Red is iconic and striking,” said Piccioli to Vogue.com. “It’s daring and regal at the same time. You need a strong individuality, as Ruth has, to wear it with confidence.” Ruth Negga has plenty to be proud of these days, having just come back from the motion picture arts and science’s grandest evening of the year. Negga, the only child born to an Irish mother and Ethiopian father in Addis Ababa, was raised in Limerick, Ireland and lost her father in a car accident at age seven. She holds an acting degree from Dublin’s Trinity College. She was nominated for her work in Loving, a moving film about the true life story of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving. The pair made history when their fight for the state of Virginia to recognize their interracial marriage made it all the way to the Supreme Court in 1967. You can watch the official movie trailer here, in case you haven’t already seen this beautiful story.
Ms. Negga also plays the lead opposite her real-life beau, English actor Dominic Cooper, in television’s cult series Preacher as comic book character, Tulip O’Hare. Negga says playing that role is a privilege. “Tulip O’ Hare is a breath of brilliantly strange, fresh air.” At the moment, Ms. Negga is working on Preacher Season Two for AMC. Her romance with Mr. Cooper appears to be going strong after six years together, and they share a home in London. According to the UK’s DailyMail, the private couple “first met while co-starring in a stage adaptation of Phèdre with Helen Mirren back in 2009.”
The 34-year-old Irish-Ethiopian beauty might not have gone home with an Oscar last Sunday, but she did win two prestigious awards for her role as Mildred Loving. One of these came from the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress. Ms. Negga also picked up BAFTA’s Rising Star Award for 2017. She has also held numerous roles, including the BBC’s mini-series Criminal Justice, RTÉ’s Love/Hate, E4’s Misfits and ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.