Ruth Ndulu Maingi (born May 22, 1983) is a Kenyan actress.[1] She is best known for her roles in the films 18 Hours, The Distant Boat, and Midlife Crisis.

Ruth Maingi
Born
Ruth Ndulu Maingi

(1983-05-22) May 22, 1983 (age 41)
NationalityKenyan
EducationKathiani High School
Township Muslim Primary School
OccupationActor
Years active2007–present

Personal life & Education edit

Ruth Maingi, a Kenyan actress, was born on May 22, 1983, in Machakos, Kenya, as the fourth child in a family of six siblings.[2] She received her primary education at Township Muslim Primary School in Machakos and later attended Kathiani High School for her secondary education. Following her high school graduation, Maingi pursued further studies and obtained a diploma in insurance.[3]

With a passion for the performing arts, Ruth Maingi embarked on formal training in acting at the esteemed London Academy for Film and Television. Additionally, she honed her skills in dance and movement at the Kenya Performing Arts School, further enriching her artistic repertoire.

Career edit

Ruth began her career as a dancer, then later shifted to performing arts to pursue a career and joined Kenya National Theatre Performing Arts School for two years. In 2007, she joined Kigezi Ndoto Musical Theatre Performances. Then, in 2008, she moved to India and cast for Sauti Kimya and Githaa.[3]

In 2011, she made her film debut with the film The Marshal of Finland, and in the same year, she was selected for a lead role in the television series Lies that Bind, which made her television debut. In the series, she played the role of 'Salome', the third wife and Richard Juma's true love, and the third wife. Then, in 2013, she starred in the popular Swahili drama Mama Duka in the titular role.[2] For her role, she was later honoured at the 2014 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards.[3]

She played a major role as a coach in the television serial The Team, with a media focus on Africa, produced by Dreamcatcher. In 2014, she starred in two films: The Next East African Film Maker and Orphan.[3] In 2018, she made her Nollywood debut with the film Family First, directed by Lancelot Imasuen.[4][5]

Filmography edit

Year Film Role Genre Ref.
2012 The Marshal of Finland Maria Film [6]
2013 Mama Duka Mama Duka TV series short [7][8]
2013 The Distant Boat Ruth Malombe Film
2015 Fundi-Mentals Film [9]
2017 18 Hours Film [10]
2018 Family First Matelo Film [11]
2019 The System Rachel TV series [12]
2020 Lies that Bind Salome TV series [13]
2020 Midlife Crisis Gigi, Stylist Film [14]

References edit

  1. ^ "Ruth Maingi: Ex-KTN Actor Who Was Conned Twice House Hunting". kenyans. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth Ndulu Maingi (Salome)". SPLA. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "Fashion-forward actress". Standard Media. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Kenyan actress, Ndulu Maingi makes Nollywood debut". kenyans. Retrieved 27 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Kenyan actress, Ndulu Maingi gets her Nollywood calling". Vanguard News. 2018-09-08. Retrieved 2022-01-13.
  6. ^ The Marshal of Finland (2012) - IMDb, retrieved 2024-03-24
  7. ^ Watiri, Sue (2016-02-02). "Popular 'Mama Duka' Actress Ruth Maingi Bags a New Show". Ghafla!. Retrieved 2024-03-24.
  8. ^ "A glimpse at Mama Dukas Ruth Maingi!". MaishaMagicPlus - A glimpse at Mama Dukas Ruth Maingi!. Retrieved 2024-03-24.
  9. ^ Fundi-Mentals (2015) - IMDb, retrieved 2024-03-24
  10. ^ 18 Hours (2017) - IMDb, retrieved 2024-03-24
  11. ^ Njoku, Benjamin. "Kenyan actress, Ndulu Maingi gets her Nollywood calling". Vanguard.
  12. ^ The System (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved 2024-03-24
  13. ^ BellaNaija.com (2013-12-06). "2014 Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Awards Nominees List: Nse Ikpe-Etim, Osita Iheme, Last Flight to Abuja, Yvonne Okoro, Contract, Funke Akindele, Majid Michel & More". BellaNaija. Retrieved 2024-03-24.
  14. ^ Digital, Standard. "Kenyan feature film 'Midlife Crisis' to premiere on March 28". Standard Entertainment. Retrieved 2024-03-24.

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