Monday 11 December 2017

Ruth Negga will bring long-term boyfriend Dominic Cooper to the Oscars...just don't expect to see him on the red carpet

Actors Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of Universal Pictures'
Actors Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Warcraft" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Support act: Ruth Negga with her boyfriend of six years, actor Dominic Cooper
Actors Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga attend the premiere of Universal Pictures' "Warcraft" at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on June 6, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images)
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the press night after party for "The Libertine" at the Haymarket Hotel on September 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Actors Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend AMC's 'Preacher' panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)
Actors (L-R) Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper attend AMC's PREACHER Upside Down Church Event In Time's Square on May 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for AMC)
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)
(L-R) Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga and Joseph Gilgun attend an autograph signing, panel and screening of AMC's new series "Preacher" at SXSW on March 14, 2016 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for AMC Networks)
Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga in Italy in 2012
Ruth Negga and Dominic Cooper in 2012
The couple pictured together in 2011
Actors Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend AMC's 'Preacher' panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for AMC)

Jennifer O'Brien

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.

Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the press night after party for
Dominic Cooper (L) and Ruth Negga attend the press night after party for "The Libertine" at the Haymarket Hotel on September 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

"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.

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

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.

Actors Dominic Cooper, left, and Ruth Negga attend the Los Angeles Premiere of AMC's
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)

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.

Herald

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