Ruth Connell is a Scottish actor and producer with credits in theatre, television, film, and most recently as Rowena in the CW series Supernatural. She has also worked as a professional dancer and choreographer.
After moving to LA from her native Scotland in 2011 she has since been cast in award-winning indie films such as "Hara Kiri" by Henry Alberto, Folklore and feature film "The Cursed Man" based on the cult novel by Keith Rommel.
She was cast as Rowena on Supernatural in 2014. Her strong performance on the show and her warmth and generosity towards fans online and at conventions led to her being a fan favorite. As a result, she became a recurring regular on Supernatural, where she finished filming the 15th and final season.
news & updates
Ruth Connell filmed Nandor Fodor And The Talking Mongoose in the UK this summer starring as Mrs Irving. The movie also features other stars such as Christopher Lloyd, Simon Pegg and Minnie Driver
BIG NEWS! Dead Boy Detectives has been picked up as a series by HBO Max! Ruth Connell will be starring in the new series as 'Night Nurse'!!! 'Dead Boy Detectives' Ordered to Series HBO Max
Series begins filming in Fall 2022
Ruth Connell (born April 20, 1979) is a Scottish theatre, television,film actress and producer known for playing Rowena in The CW series Supernatural. She is also a former professional dancer and choreographer. She was nominated as "Best Leading Actress" in the 2013 Broadway World Los Angeles Awards for her portrayal of Mrs Darling and Captain Hook at the Blank Theatre, Los Angeles in their award-winning production of Peter Pan; The Boy Who Hated Mothers.
Born in Falkirk and raised outside Bonnybridge, she was the only child of Football manager and coach David Connell and teacher Fiona and has two step-brothers. She was sent to dancing lessons at age 4 to keep her cousin company. She showed promise and was accepted onto the Scottish Ballet's Vocational Dance Education Scheme. She performed many child roles with Scottish Ballet including the lead role of Clara in their Nutcracker. She won the titles of Scottish Junior Ballet Champion and Scottish Senior Ballet champion at Stage Festivals in Scotland as a teenager.
After working as a professional dancer with companies "The Curve Foundation", "Jazz Art UK" and with Leah Stein at "Dancebase" Edinburgh, Ruth attended The Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in London where she gained a BA (Hons) Degree in Acting. She was picked as "Critics Choice" by the adjudicator from The Stage Newspaper for her graduation showcase. After leaving Drama College she performed the lead role of "Grusha" in Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" which toured for "The Palace Theatre", Watford" in 2004.She toured the UK in 2005 with the Oxford Stage Company's (née Headlong) revival of "Men Should Weep" in the role of Isa. In 2006, she played the lead female roles of "Gretchen" and "Helen of Troy" in Faust Parts 1 and 2 at the Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh. The production was CATS nominated Critics Awards for Theatre in Scotland.
In 2007, she played a ballroom dancer "Lily" at the Citizens Theater's sell out production of Alex Norton's "No Mean City" and in 2008, played the dual roles of Mrs Beaver/Mrs Mcready to glowing reviews The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe at The Royal Lyceum Edinburgh.
Ruth was cast as a series regular in the ITV sitcom pilot Above Their Stations in 2009, which also starred Denis Lawson, Ashley Madekwe, Andrew Brooke and Simon Dudley shown on BBC 3.
She is also credited with producing A Midsummer Night's Dream and "Hansel and Gretel" at the Avenue Theatre Company based in Greenwich during this time period as well as the short film “Sapphire Strange” and web series “John and Jane”.
Since moving to the United States in 2011, she has had lead roles in the award winning indie film Folklore as well as in the feature films "The Cursed Man" based on the cult novel by Keith Rommel and "Hara Kiri" by Henry Alberto. Other recent indie films include "Sienna Burning" by Andrea Shreeman, in which she plays twins, "For The Love of George" by Nadia Jordan and a comedy pilot "Open House" by Georgia Dolenz
She had a recurring role as "Rowena" on the CW TV drama Supernatural and was one of the longest running female characters on the show!
She is a very popular and regular guest on the convention circuit due to her role on Supernatural. She appears at Creation cons, Fan Expos, ComicCons and Wizard World cons in the US and Canada as well as international conventions.
Ruth has recently been cast as 'Night Nurse' on the new HBO Max show 'Dead Boy Detectives' which was picked up as a series in April 2022.
She lives in Los Angeles, worked on Supernatural (filmed in Canada) and visits her family and friends in Scotland and England regularly.
Ruth Connell - Credits
film & tv
2022 Nandor Fodor & The Talking Mongoose In Production
as Margaret Irving
2022 Dead Boy Detectives In Production
as Night Nurse
2021 Doom Patrol
as Night Nurse
2017 Open House
2017 For The Love Of George
2015 Sienna Burning
as Sienna & Suzanne (identical twins)
2014-2020 Supernatural (TV Series)
2015 Sofia The First (TV Series)
The Secret Library: The Tale of Miss Nettle as Princess Merida
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 (video game)
2014 Disney Infinity:
Marvel Super Heroes (video game)
2014 The Cursed Man
2013 Sapphire Strange (Short Film)
as Belecka Corath
2013 Meth Head
2012 A Perfect Ending
2012 Sh*t British People Say In The USA (Short)
as MaryLane Heth
2010 Love's Debt
as Deborah Perry
2010 Above Their Station (TV)
2003 Meades Eats (TV Series Documentary)
episode: Fast Food
1998 The Soldier's Leap (Short Film)
as London Girl
Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers
Mrs Darling/Captain Hook,
The Blank Theater, LA
Men Should Weep (UK No 1 Tour)
Oxford Stage Company
Faust Parts 1&2
Gretchen and Helen of Troy,
Royal Lyceum Edinburgh, (CATS Nominated Productions)
No Mean City
as Lily McKay
Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow
The Merchant of Venice
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Palace Theatre London
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Greenwich Royal Park
The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
as Mrs Beaver
as Tiger Lily
Perth Repertory Theatre
Charles Edward Stewart
as Maude Gonne
Theatre Workshop Edinburgh
as Lei Lei
Adam Smith Theatre
Hansel and Gretel
as Wicked Stepmother
Greenwich Royal Park
(RR) The Soho Theatre, London
The Loud House Movie 2021
Chip Shop Owner & Lady in Car
Various Brave ancillary recordings Disney Pixar
Merida (Voice Match),
Sofia The First
USA + Worldwide Commercial
Orajel, National TV Adverts
Bossy Lady Cartoon
The Guardian Newspaper,
National Radio Advert
The Scottish Government,
National Radio Campaign
Angle Theatre, Old Red Lion,
The Scottish Government,
Anti Racism TV Campaign
Rosa! JBI Studio's,
Educational DVDs for kids
Until Fountain Bridge,
(credited as Ruth Hopkins)
Audio Book, Deyan Audio