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Misfits Actress Ruth Negga Joins Agents of SHIELD

Agents of SHIELD just got its third actress of color in a recurring role. But who is she?

Well, we don’t know. Well, I mean we know: Ruth Negga is an Irish-Ethiopian actress with roles in Irish film, various British television shows, and lately a crop of roles in The Samaritan, 12 Years a Slave, and World War Z. But she might be most visible to the nerd crowd for playing Nikki on Misfits, a character who gained teleportation powers after receiving a heart transplant from a man who had them.

But all we know about her character on SHIELD is that she’ll be playing an unnamed recurring character. According to Deadline, there is “no intel on her role.” That could mean pretty much anything in a show like SHIELD. Negga could wind up as a SHIELD agent or specialist, called in on occasion to give expert opinions on the biology of superpowers.

She could also wind up with superpowers of her own, in which case she could either represent the onscreen presence of an established Marvel superhero (one possibility might be Monica Rambeau), or be an entirely original superhero creation.  Either way, we likely won’t find out until later in the fall, once her episodes begin to air.

(Deadline via MTV.)


  • Anonymous

    I know it will never ever happen especially since the show seems to be using mostly original characters, but I’d be lying if I said a small part of me didn’t perk up and think Monica too when i heard she had been cast.

  • Dave

    Agents of SHIELD just got its second actress of color in a recurring role. But who is she?

    Wait, doesn’t it already star Ming-Na Wen and Chloe Bennett? Or do you mean a second recurring but supporting character role?

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Susana didn’t realize Chloe Bennet is part-Chinese? I certainly wouldn’t have guessed it.

  • Anonymous

    I was unaware! I will update the post accordingly.

  • Anonymous

    i hate to be “that” guy but well…shes certainly “safe” to them.

  • Anonymous

    Keen gear!
    Misfits SPOILER!
    I’m disappointed they killed her even though it was a well-written episode. Nikki was a welcome additon to the cast, unlike the irritating Rudy.

  • Ashe

    Gorgeousgorgeousgorgeous mixed actress of color. Sign me UP.

  • Amanda

    I’m doing a little happy dance over this! I didn’t recognize the actresses name but since I’ve loved nearly every female character on Misfits, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed and I’m so excited that it’s her! She was great as Nikki and it was unfortunate she didn’t last long! Is it possible that I can be even more excited for Agents of Shield?

  • blu girl

    Yes yes yes! I love Ruth Negga in Misfits and the Shirley Bassey bio pic. Can’t wait to see her on AOS!

  • Nirali

    Yay for more POCs! I can’t wait for this show.