The end of Supernatural, after 15 years on television, will undoubtedly sadden fans of the TV show; but the work of Ruth Connell, who famously plays the witch, Rowena, on the show will remain indelible in the hearts of fans and its admirers forever. Since she began appearing on the show in 2014, she has been the beloved frenemy of the famous Winchester brothers.
However, while Supernatural might be one of the biggest highlights of her career thus far, the Scottish actress has recorded credits in other TV shows, films, and have even scooped roles in video games. Simply put, she has been an all-around actress and has been recognised with many accolades for the decades she has spent in the entertainment industry.
Ruth Connell’s Early Years as a Dancer
Ruth Connell was born an only child and right from a young age, she was encouraged by her parents to pursue her creative interests, starting with dancing lessons which earned her a place in the Scottish Ballets Vocational Dance Education Scheme. She was born to David Connell, a football manager and Fiona Murray, a teacher on the 20th of April, 1979 in Falkirk, Scotland, and was raised in Bonnybridge.
While attending the Scottish Ballets Vocational Dance Education Scheme, Ruth Connell showed her gifted talent for dancing and began to make several appearances with the Scottish Ballet, playing roles for children. Her excellence did not stop at just the accumulation of ballet roles but she also got a couple of awards and championships to her name, including the Scottish Junior Ballet Championship and the Scottish Senior Ballet Championship.
By the time Ruth Connell was a teenager, she had established her name across Scotland as an excellent dancer and soon after, joined professional dance companies like The Curve Foundation and Jazz Art UK. She also worked with Leah Stein at Dancebase.
Making Acting a Career Choice and Starting Out On Stage
Having harbored a strong ardor and interest in performance art, Connell further solidified her options in the art form by taking a course at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Acting. With a formal acting training in her arsenal, Ruth Connell set out to become a professional actress, starting out with the form she is most familiar with, Stage Performance.
She started with a role in The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 2004 at the Palace Theatre in Watford. Then in the following year, she was cast as Isa in the revival of the play, Men Should Weep by the Oxford Stage Company. She further landed dual lead roles of Helen of Troy and Gretchen in the theatrical production of Faust at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, in 2006. Ruth Connell then moved on to feature as a ballroom dancer Lily in another theatrical production titled No Mean City in the year 2007.
She additionally portrayed dual characters, Mrs. beaver/Mrs. McCready in the play, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe held at The Royal Lyceum Theatre situated, Edinburgh in 2008.
Transition From Theater To Film and TV
After years of making a name for herself in several theatrical productions, Ruth Connell, who is fondly called Toots by her close friends, made a return to the small screen (she had in 2003 had a minor role in one episode of the show, Meades Eats titled Fast Food) in 2010 by playing the role of Olga in the TV film, Above Their Station. In addition to Meades Eat, Connell has also earlier in 1998 appeared in a short film titled, The Soldier’s Leap.
Also in 2010, the skilled dancer made her cinematic debut as a Mourner in A Perfect Ending and also starred as Deborah Perry in the short movie Love’s Debt. Later in the year 2013, she portrayed the character of Louise in Meth Head, as well as Belecka Corath in Sapphire Strange, a short film that she equally produced. Two years later, Connell was cast as Suzanne/Sienna in another short movie titled Sienna Burning.
She also provided the voice of Merida in The Secret Library episode of the animated TV series, Sofia the First in the same year. Then in 2016, the gorgeous actress scored the role of Candy in an indie movie titled Hara Kiri, followed by minor roles of Linda and Crescenda in one episode of Open House and Spellagram respectively.
Beyond working as a stage, TV and film actress, Ruth Connell has equally played some voice over roles in video games. In 2014, she voiced the character, Merida in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Afterward, she reprised her role in two additional video games titled Disney Infinity 3. 0 (2015) and Lego The Incredibles (2018). It’s also worth noting that Sapphire Strange isn’t the only production credit the actress has to her name. She has worked as the producer of two stage productions – Hansel and Gretel, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as a web series titled John and Jane.
Ruth’s Most Recognised Works
Ruth Connell began to appear in her most popular project Supernatural, in 2014 playing the character, Rowena. She has appeared in over 30 episodes thus far. As a result, she is among the longest-running female characters in the American dark fantasy TV series.
Asides being famous for her role in the aforementioned series, Connell has also gained recognition for her outstanding portrayal of MaryLane Heth in Folklore which earned her Boston Science Fiction Film Award for Best Acting Ensemble in 2012.
Later in 2017, the adroit producer took home the Accolade Competition Award of Merit for her supporting role of Bonnie in the movie, The Cursed Man. The film also landed her IndieFest Film Award of Merit for Best Supporting Actress. She is additionally known for her depiction in the 2018 film, For The Love of George, where she played the role of Stacy. Having been an all-round actress who has shown her versatility on stage, TV and film projects, Ruth Connell has an estimated net worth of over $500,000.