Ruth Negga Dating Status & Parents Background

By Staff Writer | Published On: 03 Mar, 2020
Ruth Negga Dating Status & Parents Background

Ruth Negga is an Ethiopian-Irish actress famous for her roles in TV shows like Criminal Justice (2008), Misfits (2010), Love/Hate (2010-2011), and Preacher (2016-2019) and movies like Breakfast on Pluto (2005), Noble (2014), and Loving (2016). 

Moreover, honoring her performance, she has been nominated for several awards including Rising Star Award (2017) by BAFTA Film Awards, Olivier Awards for Most Promising Newcomer in an Affiliate Theatre (2004), and an Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (2016).

Ruth Negga’s Bio: Parents & Early Life

Ruth Negga was born on 7th January 1982 in Addis Ababa, the largest and capital city of Ethiopia.

When she was a child, her father, an Ethiopian, worked as a doctor in his home country, and her mother, Norra, an Irish, worked as a nurse. They met each other at Black Hospital in Addis Ababa. 

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When political violence, during the Ethiopian Civil War, broke out in the country, Ruth and her mother moved to Limerick, Ireland—at that time, she was four years old. They waited for their father to join them in Ireland, but in 1988, they got the news of their father’s demise in a car accident in Addis Ababa.

Thereafter, raised by her single mother, Ruth completed her secondary school education in Limerick, Ireland, and later graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, with a B.A. in Acting Studies.

Dating Status

Ruth Negga was in a relationship with Dominic Cooper.

The couple first met in 2009 while they appeared in the play Phèdre for the National Theatre in London. Later, in 2010, they started dating. Sadly, they ended up their relationship- their break up was revealed only in August 2018.


Ruth Negga with her ex-boyfriend, Dominic Cooper (Source: MarieClaire magazine)

Regardless of their departure, Ruth and Dominic maintained a genuine post-breakup friendship since both of them co-starred in the TV show, Preacher for a long time.

Who Is Dominic Cooper? 

Dominic Cooper is a British actor known for his role in movies like The Devil’s Double (2011), Dead Man Down (2013), Dracula Untold (2014), and TV shows like Fleming (2014), Agent Carter (2015-2016), and Preacher (2016-2019). 

He was born as Dominic Edward Cooper on 2nd June 1978 in Greenwich, London, England, UK to a school teacher and keen theater-goer mother, Julie and auctioneer father, Brian Cooper. 

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He attended Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke and later graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in 2000.

Interesting Facts:

  • Ruth Negga stands at a height of 5 feet and 3 inches (1.6 meters). 

  • She auditioned for a role in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto. Seeing her performance, Jordan was so impressed that he changed the part so she could play it. 

  • She has been chosen as the Irish Shooting Star for the Berlin Film Festival.

  • She filmed for 12 Years a Slave but her role was eventually cut from the film.