|Date of Birth
1982, Dublin, Ireland
She was nominated for a 2004 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Most Promising Newcomer of 2003 in a Society of London Theatre Affiliate Theatre for her performance in Duck at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs at the Jerwood Court.
Has been chosen as the Irish Shooting Star for the Berlin Film Festival.
Has an Irish mother and Ethiopian father.
Is an Ethiopian-Irish actress who has starred in Irish films such as Capital Letters (2004), Isolation (2005) and Breakfast On Pluto (2005). She has also appeared in the BBC mini-series Criminal Justice, RTÉ’s Love/Hate and E4′s Misfits.
Negga was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she lived until she was four, to an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father. Her father died in a car accident when she was seven.Negga was raised in Dublin by her mother. She now resides in London, and still continues to visit Ethiopia.
Negga trained at the Samuel Beckett Centre at Trinity College, Dublin, graduating with a BA in Acting Studies.
Negga made her screen debut in the Irish film Capital Letters (2004), playing the lead role of Taiwo. She went on to play the lead role of Mary in Isolation (2005). Prior to this she had been working mostly in theatre.
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 (2005), 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 and the Irish series Love Is The Drug. She also played the lead role of Doris ‘Sid’ Siddiqi 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.
Awards and recognition
Negga was nominated as 2003’s Most Promising Newcomer at the Olivier Awards.She was chosen as Ireland’s Shooting Star for the 2006 Berlin Film Festival.
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Doctors Wanda Harrison
-The Replacement (2004) Soap opera
Capital Letters Taiwo Feature film
Love is the Drug Lisa Sheerin TV series
2005 3-Minute 4-Play Woman Short film
Stars Sophie Short film
Breakfast On Pluto Charlie Feature film
Isolation Mary Feature film
Colour Me Kubrick Lolita Feature film
2006 The Four Horsemen Woman Priest Short film
2008 Criminal Justice Melanie Lloyd TV series
2009 Personal Affairs Doris 'Sid' Siddiqi TV series
2010 Misfits Nikki TV series
The Nativity Leah TV series (4 Episodes)
2010-2011 Love Hate Rosie TV mini series
2011 Five Daughters Rochelle TV series
The Samaritan Iris Feature film
Shirley Shirley Bassey TV drama