Tuesday 17 July 2018

Ruth Negga and ex Dominic Cooper put on united front on the Preacher red carpet - two months after split

Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of AMC's
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga arrive at the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga arrives at the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga attends the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Ruth Negga is seen in the Upper East Side on May 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by TheStewartofNY/GC Images)
Actress Ruth Negga arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in association with Ralph & Russo, Audemars Piguet and Mercedes-Benz at Claridge's Hotel on November 2, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Harper's Bazaar )
Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga pictured sitting behind Uma Thurman, Tori Cook and Sienna Miller at day 13 of Wimbledon 2017 on July 16, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Ruth Negga and ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper together at a fashion show before their split. Photo: Getty
Actors Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Dominic Cooper, left, and Ruth Negga attend the Los Angeles Premiere of AMC's "Preacher" on May 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)
Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper in 2012
The couple pictured together in 2011
Ruth Negga attends the Volez, Vogez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton Exhibition Opening on October 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

Irish actress Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper looked the picture of the best of exes as they hit the red carpet together last night.

The 36-year-old Oscar winner and the Mamma Mia! star (40) are believed to have ended their eight year romance earlier this year, while they were in the middle of filming supernatural cult hit Preacher. Now that it's time for promotional duties, they made a point of posing together, arm in arm, in Los Angeles to celebrate the launch of the third season of the show.

Ruth, who plays Tulip O'Hare in the sci-fi show, made her usual splash in a Rachel Comey pattern blocking dress and a bold red lip to match. During their lengthy romance, Ruth and Dominic were only pictured publicly when they were both featured in a project like 2016's World of Warcraft and went to great lengths to discuss their private lives, only sharing snippets in lengthy interviews.

They first met in 2009 while working together in a stage adaptation of Phèdre with Helen Mirren and he said they continued to get a number of jobs together "completely coincidentally".

Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga arrive at the premiere of AMC's
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga arrive at the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

In a rare commentary on the blurring of their personal and professional lines, Ruth, who was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Limerick, said she loved working with her other half because his support got her through intense 16-hour days shooting Preacher, a show in which they were cast without producers knowing they were a real life couple.

"It can be so lonely filming, so it's like your buddy and your back up. He's got my back and I've got his. Very much so," she previously told Harper's Bazaar.

"People say, 'Never go out with an actor'. But if you were with someone with a normal job and one of you had to go away, how would that work?"

Meanwhile, Preacher, will be available to Irish viewers on Amazon Prime Video, and Ruth has spoken joyfully of how her character breaks the mould when it comes to the representation of strong women onscreen.

Ruth Negga arrives at the premiere of AMC's
Ruth Negga arrives at the premiere of AMC's "Preacher" Season 3 at The Hearth and Hound on June 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

"She is a fiery, feisty creature who is quite a fighter and I really love her. These parts for women are usually very clichéd - like a sexy assassin - and she corrupts that image and turns the idea of the Femme Nikita on its head. It's very interesting to play," she told the Irish Independent last year.

The couple pictured together in 2011
The couple pictured together in 2011

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