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Ruthie Ann Miles (born April 21, 1983)[1] is an American actress and singer best known for her roles in musical theatre and on television.

Off-Broadway, she has played Christmas Eve in Avenue Q and starred as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, winning a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award for the latter role. Miles performed the role of Lady Thiang in the 2015–2016 Lincoln Center production of The King and I on Broadway, for which she won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. In 2016, she had a recurring television role on The Americans. In 2018, after recovering from injuries from a car accident that killed her daughter and caused her to lose her unborn child, Miles returned to the stage, reprising her role in the West End production of The King and I.

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Early life and educationEdit

Miles was born in Arizona and raised by her Korean mother, Esther Wong, a music teacher, first in Korea and, from 2nd grade, in Honolulu, Hawaii. "I had to work very quickly and very hard to break my accent," Miles has said.[2] She attended Kaimuki High School, graduating in 2001,[3][4] and then Southern Oregon University before earning her bachelor's degree at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2005.[5] She received a master's degree at New York University.[6]

CareerEdit

With the off-Broadway York Theatre, Miles appeared as Leah in Two by Two and Red Urchin in The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd.[7][8] She played Christmas Eve and other characters in Avenue Q off-Broadway for two years beginning in 2011. For her starring role as Imelda Marcos in Here Lies Love, in 2013 off-Broadway at The Public Theatre, she won a Theatre World Award and a Lucille Lortel Award. Miles has appeared in national tours of Sweeney Todd (as Adolfo Pirelli) and Annie.[6] She has played numerous roles in regional theatre and appeared as a doctor in the film I Am Michael.[8][9]

Miles received positive reviews for her role as Lady Thiang in the 2015 Broadway revival of The King and I, with Ben Brantley of The New York Times writing that she "turns 'Something Wonderful' into an exquisite expression of romantic realism that could be the show's anthem."[10] Another critic called her "the one featured performer in a play or musical, on or off-Broadway, who I thought was giving the best performance this season ... [her] Lady Thiang is more empathetic than in other productions I have seen. ... People who see this King and I will think about Lady Thiang. They will think about what she knows, what she feels."[11] For this role, she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical.[9][12]

In 2016, Miles appeared in a recurring role in the television series The Americans, playing Young-Hee Seong, a Korean immigrant and Mary Kay consultant whose husband is of interest to the KGB.[2][13] In February 2018, Miles played Svetlana in a Kennedy Center concert production of the musical Chess.[14] In August 2018, Miles joined the West End production of The King and I, reprising her Broadway role.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

She is married to Jonathan Blumenstein. On March 5, 2018, Miles was injured, and the couple's four-year-old daughter Abigail Blumenstein was killed, while crossing a street in Brooklyn, New York after they and other pedestrians were struck by a car that was driven through a red light.[16][17] She was 7 months pregnant with her second child at the time of the incident. On May 11, 2018, Miles and Blumenstein lost their unborn child.[18] Miles returned to the stage in August 2018.[15] In November 2018, the driver charged in the crash was found dead of an apparent suicide.[19]

Theatre creditsEdit

Year Title Role Theatre Director(s) Ref.
2004 Two by Two Leah Cumberland County Playhouse Martin Charnin
2008–09 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Pirelli U.S. National Tour John Doyle
2009 Avenue Q Ensemble New World Stages Jason Moore
2010 The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd Red Bully York Theatre Marcia Milgrom Dodge
2013–15 Here Lies Love Imelda Marcos The Public Theater Alex Timbers
2015–16 The King and I Lady Thiang Vivian Beaumont Theater Bartlett Sher
2017 Sunday in the Park with George Frieda/Betty Hudson Theatre Sarna Lapine
2018 Chess Svetlana Eisenhower Theater Michael Mayer
The King and I Lady Thiang London Palladium Bartlett Sher

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2016 The Americans Young Hee Seong 6 episodes
2017 Elementary Rockaway Detective Episode: "Be My Guest"
2019 All Rise Sherri Kansky Upcoming series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Here Lies Love Won
Theatre World Award Honoree
2015 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Musical The King and I Won
Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Won
2019 Laurence Olivier Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ For birth year, see: "Ruthie Ann Miles becomes second actress of Asian descent to win a Tony Award", The Korea Times, June 9, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016. For day of the year, see: "Ruthie Ann Miles", Twitter. Retrieved March 16, 2016
  2. ^ a b c Zarum, Lara. "The Americans: Tony-Award-Winning Ruthie Ann Miles on Young-Hee, TV's Favorite Mary Kay Consultant", Flavorwire, May 18, 2016
  3. ^ Ting, Yu Shing. "Taking Imelda to the Big Apple", Midweek.com, July 23, 2013. Retrieved June 1, 2015
  4. ^ Lemon, Brendan. "Tony Nominee Ruthie Ann Miles Discusses Powerful Women", Lincoln Center Theatre blog, April 27, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016
  5. ^ Streeter, Leslie Gray. Palm Beach Atlantic grad Ruthie Ann Miles wins Tony as professor’s son heads to Broadway", The Palm Beach Post, June 8, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016
  6. ^ a b Kaufman, Joanne. "A Miles in Those Shoes: A Cultural Conversation With Ruthie Ann Miles", The Wall Street Journal May 20, 2014. Retrieved June 1, 2015
  7. ^ "The King and I's Ruthie Ann Miles' Featured Actress Tonys Speech". Broadway World, June 8, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2016
  8. ^ a b Miles, Ruthie Ann. Resume, Ruthie Ann Miles. Retrieved June 1, 2015
  9. ^ a b "Ruthie Ann Miles", Playbill Vault. Retrieved June 1, 2015
  10. ^ Brantley, Ben. "Review: The King and I, Back on Broadway", The New York Times, April 16, 2015
  11. ^ David, Cara Joy. "Something Wonderful: The King and I's Ruthie Ann Miles Talks Tonys", HuffPost, May 28, 2015
  12. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean. "The 2015 Tony Awards: The Complete Winners List", Vulture, June 7, 2015
  13. ^ Collins, Sean T. "'The Americans' 4×09 Recap: Sunlight Reflecting Off Clouds", The New York Observer, May 12, 2016
  14. ^ Hetrick, Adam. "Chess, Starring Raúl Esparza, Ramin Karimloo, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Karen Olivo, Begins at the Kennedy Center", Playbill, February 14, 2018
  15. ^ a b Quinn, Dave. "Ruthie Ann Miles 'Sang Like an Angel' in Stage Return After Daughter's Death and Losing Unborn Baby", People, August 4, 2018
  16. ^ Moynihan, Colin. "Driver Charged With Manslaughter in Deaths of 2 Children", The New York Times, May 3, 2018
  17. ^ DiLorenzo, Anthony. "'Broadway Baby Mamas' performance to benefit actress who lost daughter in Park Slope crash", WPIX-TV, March 15, 2018
  18. ^ Haas, Mariah. "Broadway Star Ruthie Ann Miles Loses Unborn Baby 2 Months After Daughter was Killed in Car Crash", People, May 17, 2018
  19. ^ Winston, Ali. "Driver Who Killed Two Children in Brooklyn Is Found Dead", The New York Times, November 7, 2018
  20. ^ Lenzi, Linda (October 2, 2010). "Photo Coverage: The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd". Broadway World.
  21. ^ Green, Jesse (May 1, 2014). "Theater Review: Imelda Is More Than a Woman in Here Lies Love". Vulture.
  22. ^ "Ruthie Ann Miles, Conrad Ricamora, Ashley Park & More Join Cast of THE KING AND I Broadway Revival; Full Company Announced!". Broadway World. November 17, 2014.
  23. ^ Gioia, Andrew (January 23, 2017). "Complete Cast Announced for Broadway Revival of Sunday in the Park With George". Playbill.
  24. ^ Quinn, Dave. "Ruthie Ann Miles 'Sang Like an Angel' in Stage Return After Daughter's Death and Losing Unborn Baby", People, August 4, 2018
  25. ^ Lefkowitz, Andy (March 25, 2019). "Lindsay Mendez & Ruthie Ann Miles Join CBS Legal Drama Pilot Courthouse". Broadway.com.
  26. ^ McRady, Rachel. "Tony Awards 2015: Complete List of Winners!", Us Weekly magazine, June 7, 2015

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