Ruth Connell is a well-known Scottish film and theater actress, TV personality, filmmaker and dancer, popular for portraying Rowena in the People’s Choice-award winning mystery TV series “Supernatural.”
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Ruth Fiona Connell is a Falkirk, Scotland native, born under the Taurus zodiac sign on 20 April 1979, which makes her 43 years old as of 2022. Her mother, Fiona Murray was a teacher, and her father, David Connell, worked as a football coach and manager. She spent most of her childhood in Bonnybridge. Her parents noticed her talent when she was still young, and enrolled her into dancing classes together with her cousin.
Connell honed her dancing skills at the Scottish Ballet’s Vocational Dancing Educational Scheme, where she took place in many competitions, and was crowned the Scottish Junior (and later Senior) Ballet Champion in Stage Festivals. She also expressed an interest in acting, and upon the completion of her dancing training, she moved to London and joined Rose Bruford College of Drama and Speech, and eventually graduated with a BA in Acting in 2001.
Hobbies and Interesting Facts
Connell is a huge fan of late-night films starring her favorite actors such as Emma Watson and Matt Damon. Her best-loved projects are the film series “Harry Potter,” “Good Will Hunting,” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
She is a talented artist, who is well-versed in drawing.
Ruth is also physically active, and hits the gym regularly in addition to going cycling and swimming.
She is a big supporter of the LGBTQ community, and participates in the Pride parade every year – she has also supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
Moreover, her acting career has seen her visit many European countries and US states. Her best-loved travel destination is Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and Kingston in Jamaica.
Connell is also a fan of video games and enjoys using her PlayStation in her spare time.
Connell made her film debut in the 1998 short comedy movie “The Soldier’s Leap”, and her next role came 12 years later, when she was cast as Olga in the 2010 comedy “Above Their Station.” In 2012, she starred alongside Maria Olsen, Paulie Rojas Redding and Laura Waddell in the Justin Calen-Chenn-written and directed fiction, “Folklore.” The film is about the interviews of several mythical creatures including an angel, a water nymph, and a vampire. In the same year, she was cast in the drama “A Perfect Ending”, before she appeared in two more films in 2013: the short action film “Sapphire Strange”, and the drama “Meth Head.”
Ruth next starred as Suzanne and Sienna in the short “Sienna Burning”, before she landed the starring role in the 2016 Aitch Alberto-directed romantic-drama film “Hara Kiri.” Recently, she appeared in the comedy “Open House” in 2019 and “The Cursed Man” in the year that followed. She also lent her voice to the animated action film “The Loud House Movie” in 2021.
Connell made her TV debut in 2003, playing Medical Staff in the documentary TV show “Meades Eats”, and then took a break from acting. She was later selected to voice Merida in the Primetime Emmy Award-winning animated series “Sophia the First” in 2015, and her next major role was in the acclaimed fantasy horror “Supernatural” sharing the screen with Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver and Jared Padalecki; the show was a commercial success, and won 38 awards out of 126 nominations.
In 2004, Ruth played Grusha in the German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s play “The Caucasian Chalk Circle,” which was performed in The Palace Theater in Watford. She has appeared in several other plays, including “Faust” and “No Mean City”, and was a ballroom dancer in the latter in 2007.
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Linda has lent her voice to a character named Merida in three video games – “Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Hero” in 2014, “Disney Infinity” in 2015, and “Lego The Incredibles” in 2018.
She performed traditional Scottish songs, “The Bonnie Banks O’Loch Lomond” and “Scotland the Brave” in two episodes of the TV series “Supernatural.”
She co-produced the short film “Sapphire Strange,” which starred Paris Benjamin and Ellie Rose Boswell.
Ruth has also received special thanks for her contribution to the crime mystery movie “Unsolved” and the documentary film “Supernatural Fandom” in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Furthermore, she has guest appeared in several talk shows including “The Timey Wimey Show” and “Noches con Platanito.”
Awards and Nominations
Connell has won three awards; she shared a Boston Science Fiction Film Festival Feature Film Award with the cast members of “Folklore” in 2012. Her praised performance in “The Cursed Man” saw her scooping an IndieFEST Film Award of Merit – for Supporting Actor/Actress in 2017, and in the same year, she bagged an Accolade Competition Award of Merit for Supporting Actor/Actress for her role in the same film.
Social Media Presence
Ruth is active on Instagram – @ruthie_connell – with over a million followers. She opened her Twitter account (@RuthieConnell) in February 2010, and now has over 400,000 followers, as well as over 275,000 fans on Facebook.
Aw – you made me look sweet 💓
— Ruth Connell ♛ (@RuthieConnell) September 6, 2022
Ruth is very secretive when it comes to her personal life and hasn’t spoken about her previous dating history. She is reportedly dating the American actor, Robert Patrick ‘Rob’ Benedict, who is famous for his role in the series “Supernatural.” The duo met on the sets of the series, and fell in love shortly afterward – they began sharing their photos on their respective social media accounts in 2019. Rob, who is also a lead vocalist for the Los Angeles-based rock band Louden Swain, is nine years older than her, and was previously married for over 24 years to Mollie Benedict; he’s the father of Audrey and Calvin Benedict. Ruth previously took to Instagram to praise her boyfriend for his amazing job as a father.
Previously, there were rumors that Ruth is lesbian, but she’s denied the allegations. There were other rumors that she’s married to her fellow cast member Mark Sheppard. but this happened in the series “Supernatural” and not in real life.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Connell has an hourglass physique with vital statistics of 34-24-35, weighs approximately 110lbs (50kgs), and is 5ft 3ins (1.60m) tall. she wears shoe and dress sizes 7.5 (US) and 2(US) respectively. She is of White ethnicity, and has green eyes and red hair.
Connell’s music and acting careers have seen her accumulating a good sum. She’s worth approximately $1.5 million as of 2022, and leads a modest lifestyle.