by Anne Sheridan Anne Sheridan
LIMERICK raised actress Ruth Negga has been nominated for a Best Actress award in the Golden Globes alongside four other Hollywood heavyweights.
This is Negga’s first nomination for a Golden Globe award for her role in the much-lauded film Loving.
The 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony will take place on January 8 next at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
She has been shortlisted alongside Amy Adams (Arrival), Jessica Chastain (Miss Sloane), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), and Natalie Portman (Jackie).
Negga was also in the running to receive a Critics Choice award in California last night, but it was claimed by Portman for her portrayal of Jackie Onassis Kennedy in the biopic of her life after President John F Kennedy’s assassination.
Negga, who is a hot tip for a Best Actress nomination at the Oscars, has also recently been featured on both the covers of US Vogue and the New York Times magazine.
Both publications, which carry huge influence, released images of the front covers of their forthcoming publications last week, with acclaimed fashion photographer Marion Testino shooting her for fashion bible Vogue.
It’s certainly a long way from Dooradoyle – where most of her family are based – for the 34 year-old former star of Love/Hate.
Among her cousins in Limerick is Peter Malone, who has played rugby with Bruff, St Munchin’s, Garryowen, Munster, and who is now Munster Rugby’s elite player development manager.
Ruth’s mother Nora now lives in London, after moving from Limerick, and there are five aunts and uncles from the Dooradoyle Road, and even more cousins.
Negga, an only child, was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until she was four.
Her mother was working in Ethiopia as a nurse when she met Ruth’s father. Sadly, he died in a car accident when she was just seven.
She went to national school in Roxborough, and later spent part of her secondary school at Scoil Carmel on O’Connell Avenue, before moving to London and completing her drama studies at Trinity College Dublin.
Her breakout role was in Neil Jordan’s 2004 film Breakfast on Pluto, followed by Ophelia at the National Theatre, the Misfits TV series on E4, and she also played Shirley Bassey in the BBC2 production Shirley.
Natalie Portman also recently praised Negga, describing her as a “rare, powerful talent”.
In the film Loving, Negga stars alongside Joel Edgerton in Jeff Nichols’ civil rights drama, which is based on the true story of a Virginia couple who were jailed for their interracial marriage in the sixties.
The couple battled before the Supreme Court in 1967 for their right to live together as husband and wife.