Terry George

Academy Member

After working primarily in theatre, Ruth Negga made her screen debut in the Irish film Capital Letters, playing the lead role of Taiwo. She went on to play the lead role of Mary in Isolation.

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 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, Love Is the Drug and Love/Hate. She also played the lead role of Doris 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 (Television) 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.

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. Also in 2013, she appeared in Steve McQueen's Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and in 2014 she appeared in Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side. In 2016, Negga was cast in the role of Tulip O'Hare in AMC fantasy drama series Preacher and she also portrayed Lady Taria in the fantasy feature Warcraft. She also drew worldwide plaudits for Jeff Nichols racial drama Loving, where she stars opposite Joel Edgerton

Awards & Recognition

The Shore
  • Academy Award Winner, Best Short Film, Live Action (2012)
  • IFTA Nominee, Best Short Film (2012)
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival Winner, Best Director (2011)
Reservation Road
  • Rome Film Fest Nominee, Golden Marc’Aurelio Award (2007)
Hotel Rwanda
  • Academy Award Nominee, Best Writing, Original Screenplay (2005)
  • BAFA Award Nominee, Best Screenplay – Original (2006)
  • AFI Fest Winner, Best Feature Film
  • American Screenwriters Association Nominee, Discover Screenwriting Award (2005)
  • David di Donatello Awards Nominee, Best Foreign Film (2005)
  • Humanitas Prize Winner, Feature Film Category (2005)
  • IFTA Winner, Best Director (2005)
  • IFTA Winner, Best Script for Film (2005)
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards Nominee, British Director of the Year (2006)
  • OFTA Film Award Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay written directly for the Screen (2005)
  • Robert Festival Nominee, Best Non-American Film (2006)
  • Satellite Awards Nominee, Best Screenplay, Original (2005)
  • Writers Guild of America Nominee, Best Original Screenplay (2005)
Some Mother’s Son
  • Angers European First Film Festival Winner, Feature Film (1997)
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival Winner, Youth Jury Award (1996)
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival Winner, Audience Award (1996)
In the Name of the Father
  • Academy Award Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (1994)
  • BAFTA Award  Nominee, Best Screenplay – Adapted  (1994)
  • Humanitas Prize Nominee, Feature Film Category (1994)
  • Writers Guild of America Nominee, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published (1994)



Key Credits

  • Luck (2012)
  • Stand Off (2011)
  • The Shore (2011)
  • Outlaw (2010)
  • In Treatment (2009)
  • Reservation Road (2007)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004)
  • The District (2000-02)
  • A Bright Shining Lie (1998)
  • Some Mother’s Son (1996)