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
Exciting news! Ruth Connell has been cast in the new series 'Dead Boy Detectives' as Night Nurse!!! 'Dead Boy Detectives' HBO Max Pilot Sets Main Cast (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
Loud House The Movie has a familiar voice in the cast! Listen For Ruth as the 'chip shop owner' and the 'lady in car'
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 on the new HBO Max show 'Dead Boy Detectives'.
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
2021 Dead Boy Detectives (pilot)
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
Conventions & Appearances
Due to Covid all Con dates are tentative
and may be rescheduled
Nov 5 - 7 2021
Nov 19 - 21 2021
New Orleans, LA
Dec 10 - 12 2021
Mar 3 - 6 2022
Las Vegas, NV
Jan 28-30 2022
Apr 1 - 3 2022
Apr 22 - 24 2022
East Brunswick, NJ
Jun 3 - 5 2022
Jun 24 - 26 2022
Jul 8 - 10 2022
July 29 - 31 2022
Aug 12 - 14 2022
Oct 21 - 23 2022
Want to see Ruth at a Con?
Here's how you can help!
Go to the website of the convention you wish to see her at and find their contact info and request that they add her.
Asking Ruth to come to your hometown will not help. She has to be invited by the convention organizers. She can not just add herself to the guest list. It is up to you to convince them to add her to the convention.
Facts to remember when writing to request a guest:
ALWAYS be polite and respectful when making your request.
Don't Spam them every day with messages! They may not always write back (I'm sure it's a busy office) but your email/letter WILL be read and it will count for something. Instead encourage other fans to email and request as well!
When writing to request guests don't send a whole list of different people in the same message. It will have more impact if you send individual requests for everyone you'd like to see.
You know we love Supernatural around here, and tonight is super special as we get to talk with the mother of king of hell, Rowena – the baddest witch ever, Ruth Connell! She was an absolute pleasure to speak with and we cannot wait to see what else she does now that Supernatural is over.
From: Spoilerverse June 25 2020
A panel from SDCC 2018 about power, gender politics, and the representation of witches in popular culture. Panelists: Sabrina the Teenage Witch showrunner, Nell Scovell; author of Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi; co-showrunner of the CW’s Charmed reboot, Jessica O’Toole; Ruth Connell, who plays Rowena on Supernatural; and Juliana Crouch, a practicing witch. Moderated by Ben Blacker.
Recorded July 20, 2018 at San Diego Comic-Con International
hosted by Claire Lim and guest host Holly Payne
Do Ferris and Sloane split at the end of Ferris Bueller's Day Off? What if Cameron resolved his issues by becoming a therapist or does he snap and murder his father? Claire Lim, guest host Holly Payne and special guest Ruth Connell (Supernatural) discuss what happened to the characters of Ferris Bueller's Day Off after their stories ended?
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Ruth Connell on Rowena’s ‘Supernatural’ return
and Jensen Ackles’ ‘green-speckled eyes’
By Aaron Pruner February 9, 2017
Christopher Coates speaks to the Scottish star of the hit TV show Supernatural
By Christopher Coates November, 2017
Exclusive Interview With Supernatural's Ruth Connell
By Debbi Bachman Jan 20, 2016
Supernatural star Ruth Connell: I miss square sausage and my dad’s farm but life in LA is magic
By Julie-Anne Barnes Dec 1, 2015
The TV Addict:
By Monica Rose Gleberman July 14, 2015
November 17 2015
By Lynn June 28, 2015
By Mike Allen June 26, 2015
By Sarah Bellman May 21, 2015
By Chris King May 19, 2015
by Vanessa Frith Mar 27, 2015
by Clarissa Mar 25, 2015
by Samantha Highfill, March 25 2015
by Kartik Chainani, Mar 25 2015
By Russ Burlingame Mar 25, 2015
Daily Record UK:
by Mark Howarth, Jan 4 2015
by Lara Wells
by Starrymag, Dec 9, 2014
by Vlada Gelman Dec 8 2014
Pop Culture Principle:
by Troy L. Foreman Dec 7, 2014
Icon versus Icon:
by Jason Price Dec 4, 2014
by Brittany S Frederick, Dec 2, 2014
15.02 Raising Hell
14.07 Unhuman Nature
13.21 Beat The Devil
12.02 Mama Mia
12.03 The Foundry
12.11 Regarding Dean
12.13 Family Feud
11.03 The Bad Seed
11.09 O Brother Where Art Thou?
11.10 The Devil in the Details
11.18 Hell's Angel
11.22 We Happy Few
11.23 Alpha and Omega
10.03 Soul Survivor
10.07 Girls, Girls, Girls
10.10 The Hunter Games
10.14 The Executioner's Song
10.16 Paint It Black
10.17 Inside Man
10.18 Book Of The Damned
10.19 The Werther Project
10.21 Dark Dynasty
10.22 The Prisoner
10.23 My Brother's Keeper
DarkLight Con 2 in Paris 2018
For The Love Of George Film Premiere
9th Annual Britweek (in progress)
BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party (in progress)
BAFTA Christmas Party (in progress)
BAFTA Jaguar Britannia Awards (in progress)
Film Premieres (in progress)
LA Garden Party at the British
Consul for Special Olympics 2015