Ruth Negga is clearly going places, and her starring role in forthcoming Samuel L Jackson movie The Samaritan, a neo-noir thriller directed by David Weaver, is proof enough.
So it’s good to hear that she hasn’t abandoned her stage roots and will get back to theatre later this year starring in John Crowley’s new production of J M Synge’s Irish comedy The Playboy of the Western World at the Old Vic.
Negga, who plays Pegeen Mike in the play, will appear alongside her fellow Misfits co-star Robert Sheehan and veteran Irish actress Niamh Cusack. The play runs from 17 September 2011 at the Old Vic.
Ruth returns to the role of Pegeen having starred in the Druid Theatre Company’s Australian tour of The Playboy of the Western World. Other theatre credits include National Theatre runs in Hamlet and Phèdre, both directed by Nicholas Hytner, performances at The Abbey and Peacock Theatres in Ireland including The Crucible, The Importance of Being Ernest and David Levaux’s production of The Real Thing, and as Cat in Max Stafford-Clark’s production of Duck at the Royal Court, which earned her an Olivier nomination for Best Newcomer in 2003.
In addition to her role as Nikki in E4’s Misfits, TV roles include mini-series The Nativity, Love/Hate and Criminal Justice. Movie roles include Breakfast on Pluto and Isolation.