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Saturday 16 December 2017

Ruth's role in new TV drama with Gabriel Byrne

IRISH actress Ruth Negga has landed a role alongside Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne in new drama series Coup.

Fresh from her success at the Irish Film and Television Awards, Ruth flew to the UK this week to start filming the contemporary political conspiracy thriller.

The talented 29-year-old has been cast as Agnes Evans, an intelligence analyst. It is understood that Ruth will be playing a linguist working for the Government Communications Headquarters, and providing information to the MI5 and MI6, the British secret services.

Dublin man Gabriel stars in the four-part programme as politician Tom Dawkins, who faces multiple threats as he struggles to bring a conspiracy to light.

Filming began this month in Manchester, Liverpool and London, and a TV insider told the Herald that the series was expected to air this autumn.

Career

Ruth's career has been going from strength to strength since she first appeared in Neil Jordan's Breakfast On Pluto.

She gained international recognition with her role in award-winning E4 series Misfits.

At home, her role in ratings-winner Love/Hate catapulted as Robert Sheehan's doomed love interest landed her an IFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series. Last Saturday, she was awarded the IFTA for Best Actress in Television after her portrayal as Shirley Bassey in BBC production Shirley impressed viewers and TV veterans alike.

She recently admitted that the role had been her most difficult to date: "[It was] the scariest thing I've ever done -- playing a real person, still living, is scary. I didn't want to do it, mainly because I can't sing," she said.

"I was really wary going in. But the director and producer were so lovely and their ideas were so exciting.

"They seemed not too bothered about my lack of singing," she said.

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