AN ETHIOPIAN-Irish actress, described as ‘Hollywood’s next big thing’ (Hollywood Reporter), has been nominated for a rising star award at this year’s Baftas.
Ruth Negga is the star of Loving, a film that has had rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
It tells the true story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was at the centre of a landmark US civil rights case.
At 34 – she turns 35 tomorrow (Jan 7) – Ruth has a lengthy CV, becoming the National Theatre’s first black Ophelia in 2010 and playing Shirley Bassey in a 2011 BBC biopic.
Last year, Ruth, born to an Irish mother and Ethiopian father, spoke to The Guardian about her “scattered childhood”.
“I was Irish in London, because I had my secondary school education there. I never really fitted anywhere. I didn’t feel it was a negative thing and I was never made to feel different – I just knew I was.
“History is written by the winners. My job as an artist is to speak up for those who might be perceived as the losers. Or those who can’t shout.”
Ruth is one of five contenders for the EE Rising Star Awards at the Baftas, which take place on February 12.
The rising star category is decided by a public vote. Voting is now open at ee.co.uk/bafta
Last year’s winner was the Star Wars actor John Boyega.