DUBLIN actress Ruth Negga has stormed London's West End.
The former Love/Hate actress is fast becoming one of Ireland's biggest exports after landing a leading role in the Playboy Of The Western World.
She has joined forces with her former RTE co-star Robert Sheehan and veteran performer Niamh Cusack for the 11-week production which started yesterday.
The talented pair are best recognised as the faces of popular teen drama Misfits which aired on E4 last year.
"It's great, we're getting all the Misfits fans coming in to the previews," said Ruth. "I'm sure they'll come back for more."
She added: "Misfits is an articulate and intelligent show -- it's got the same kind of energy as the play. Playboy is all about communication. It's human and funny and not cut off from the audience. It feels so vibrant. It makes a great first experience of the theatre."
Ruth and her all-Irish cast paid tribute to playwright JM Synge in front of a packed Old Vic theatre.
Cast as the main character in director John Crowley's project, it sees Ruth reunite with Portlaoise-native Robert for the third time.
They also worked together on RTE's Love/Hate and Ruth says the familiarity is good. "There are some people with whom you don't have to say anything to understand each other. It's special when you have that."
It's been a busy week for the Ethiopian-born beauty, who not only sees her play take off to massive applause, but will see her name in lights as Shirley Bassey in an upcoming new BBC series.
"It has been very full on for her, she went straight from filming for BBC into rehearsals for the play," said a spokesperson for the actress, who splits her time between Dublin and Britain.
"Filming wrapped for Shirley Bassey in July and then work on Playboy began in August -- Ruth literally had no break in between the two jobs.
"And she spent the first two months of the year living in Toronto, for a film with Samuel L Jackson."
Currently in post-production, the flick, The Samaritan, sees Ruth play an elusive woman who takes the fancy of Jackson's character after he is released from prison.
It is set to it cinemas next year and will no doubt earn Miss Negga another critically acclaimed notch on her acting belt.