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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Now Ruth's in Playboy... (the stage play, that is)

IRISH actress Ruth Negga's star is soaring after she has landed two major roles.

The Dubliner has not only bagged herself a lead role in BBC Two's biopic of Shirley Bassey, she is also taking on London's West End in a new production of Playboy of the Western World.

Ruth is currently in rehearsals for the JM Synge masterpiece with Robert Sheehan. The production sees her join forces with the Portlaoise native for a third time -- they previously starred alongside one another in gangland series Love/Hate, as well as E4's comedy sci-fi show Misfits.

Directed by John Crowley -- who helmed Intermission -- the classic play casts Ruth as female lead Pegeen Mike, for its 11-week run in the famous Old Vic theatre, opening on September 17.

Ruth is also enjoying success in the love department. It has been reported that the 29-year-old -- who splits her time between Dublin and London -- has been spotted out and about with hunky heartthrob Dominic Cooper.

The pair -- who met in 2009 -- have been romantically linked since starring in Greek tragedy Phaedra with Helen Mirren.

Mamma Mia actor Dominic recently ended his on-off relationship with American starlet Amanda Seyfried.

According to sources, the couple were spotted dining at London restaurant Dean Street Townhouse, in the trendy Soho district.

Ruth's portrayal of celebrated Shirley Bassey will be shown on BBC Two as part of their Autumn schedule.

Ruth is said to be delighted about playing the Welsh singer:

"I'm thrilled to be cast in the role of Shirley Bassey and it's an absolute honour to be playing her in such an intimate story of her life.

"Dame Shirley Bassey is iconic - she transcends age, race and class," she said.

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