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Sunday 22 October 2017

Exclusive: Ruth Negga's former fiancé 'wishes her the best' at the Oscars

Honoree Ruth Negga attends the 12th Annual US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at Bad Robot on February 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Honoree Ruth Negga attends the 12th Annual US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at Bad Robot on February 23, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-Ireland Alliance )
Actress Ruth Negga attends AARP's 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Irish actress Ruth Negga in Loving

Kirsty Blake-Knox

Ruth Negga's ex-fiancé has wished her luck ahead of the Oscars on Sunday.

The Irish-Ethiopian actress is nominated for Best Actress for her role in Loving, the story of real-life Virginia couple Richard (played by Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga), whose 1967 Supreme Court case legalised interracial marriage in the US.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Negga's former fiancé has heaped praise on the actress ahead of the 89th Academy Awards.

Irish actor Tadhg Murphy met Ruth when they were both studying drama in Trinity College Dublin.

Actress Ruth Negga attends AARP's 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Actress Ruth Negga attends AARP's 16th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 6, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

The pair began dating while they were still in university and got engaged several years later.

They remain good friends and Murphy, who will next appear in the Abbey Theatre's staging of Ballyturk, said he was "over the moon" when he heard Ruth had got the nod from the academy.

"Ruth is amazing, she is f**king phenomenal and I was over the moon when I heard she had been nominated," he said.

"She so deserves it. She is an incredible actress."

Irish actress Ruth Negga in Loving
Irish actress Ruth Negga in Loving

Ruth will attend the glitzy awards ceremony on Sunday evening with her partner Dominic Cooper - who she has been dating for over six years. The couple live together in London.

The 89th Academy Awards takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on Sunday February 26, 2017, at approximately 1.30am Irish time.

Irish Independent

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