Irish actress Ruth Negga will play 007 Welsh soul legend Shirley Bassey in BBC Two drama Shirley Bassey: A Very British Diva.
Looks like perfect casting to us here in Film Ireland with Ethiopian/Irish Negga looking a dead ringer for the young Nigerian/English Bassey. Speaking on her role Negga commented ‘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.’
Negga is following in the footsteps of fellow Irish thespian Domhnall Gleeson after his terrific portrayal of singing legend Bob Geldof in another BBC 2 drama When Harvey Met Bob.
Directed by Colin Teague (Doctor Who) and co-starring Lesley Sharp (The Full Monty, Naked) as her mother Eliza the drama will broadcast this autumn.