Ruth Negga will bring long-term boyfriend Dominic Cooper to the Oscars...just don't expect to see him on the red carpet
She keeps her relationship with actor Dominic Cooper very much out of the public eye, but Ruth Negga's famous other half will be on hand to support her at the Oscars.
However, the Herald can reveal that the Mamma Mia! star will be keeping a low profile and is not expected to join Ruth on the red carpet on what will be the biggest night of her career so far.
"Dominic will be attending the Oscars. He is Ruth's rock and her constant support, but both of them are fiercely protective of their relationship," a source said.
"Exclusive sit-down interviews with magazines are as far away from Ruth and Dominic as you can get - they have no aspirations to be any sort of a showbiz couple and guard their privacy.
"They have a lovely life together in London with a bunch of close friends and that's the way they like it.
"Both of them are extremely grounded but focused. They make a great team and have been together over six years now, so even though there has been a lot more attention on them lately because of Ruth, they are pretty rock solid."
The couple first met while they were co-starring in a stage adaptation of Phedre with Helen Mirren in London in 2009 and live together in the west of the city.
Last year they teamed up again to work on the cult series Preacher.
Dominic was absent during last month's Golden Globes ceremony, where Ruth was also up for Best Actress for her portrayal of real-life hero Mildred Loving in Loving.
The actress instead took her cousin David to the glitzy bash and admitted that, although she was in bed by 11pm, "it was great craic".
Ruth stars alongside Joel Edgerton in the Jeff Nichols-directed Loving, which tells the story of an illegal inter-racial marriage in Virginia in the 1950s.
The 35-year-old, who was raised in Co Limerick by an Irish mother and an Ethiopian father, has also been nominated for a Bafta Rising Star Award.
Meanwhile, speculation is mounting over whose designs Ruth will decide to wear on the big night. The stunning actress turned heads at the Golden Globes in a Louis Vuitton creation and is hotly tipped to sport another Vuitton number for the ceremony.
The 89th Academy Awards will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel on February 26 in Los Angeles.