Ruta Gedmintas is an English actor, best known for playing ‘Dutch Velders’ in the ‘FX’ horror–drama series ‘The Strain.’ She made her TV debut with a guest role in an episode of the series ‘Waking the Dead.’ Eventually, she strengthened her presence on the small screen, performing in national and international series such as ‘The Innocence Project,’ ‘The Tudors,’ ‘Spooks: Code 9,’ ‘Lip Service,’ and ‘The Borgias.’ She starred as ‘Olivia Chase’ in the American drama series ‘Do No Harm.’ She played the recurring role of ‘Kirsten "Dutch" Velders’ in the first season of ‘The Strain.’ The role was then transformed into a main one in the second season of the series. Ruta gained widespread recognition with the series. Meanwhile, she starred in movies such as ‘Prowl,’ ‘You Instead,’ and ‘A Street Cat Named Bob.’ She also made her mark on stage with ‘Backbeat: The Musical’ and ‘Unfaithful’.
Childhood & Early Life
Ruta Gedmintas was born on August 23, 1983, in Canterbury, UK, to a Lithuanian father, Vladas Gedmintas Jr., and an English mother, Gail C. Godsell. Ruta was named by her father after the Lithuanian national flower. She has three sisters: Audra, Daina, and Tania. She grew up in Buckinghamshire.
She attended the ‘University of the Arts London’ and the ‘Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.’ She studied at the ‘Drama Centre London,’ where she came under the tutelage of actor, director, and drama teacher Reuven Adiv. The latter found Ruta extremely tomboyish and suggested she do modelling to discover her femininity.
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Ruta made her TV debut as ‘Shelly Martin’ in a 2005 episode of the ‘BBC One’ police-procedural crime-drama series ‘Waking the Dead.’
The ‘BBC Northern Ireland’-created drama series ‘The Innocence Project’ featured her as ‘Mary Jarvis’ in six of its eight episodes, between 2006 and 2007. She portrayed ‘Elizabeth Blount’ in three episodes of the ‘Showtime' historical fiction series ‘The Tudors’ (2007).
Ruta strengthened her small-screen presence in 2008, playing former police officer ‘Rachel Harris’ in the counter-intelligence drama series ‘Spooks: Code 9.’ The same year, she starred as ‘Elle Hass’ in the action–thriller film ‘The Lost Samaritan.’
She was part of the Ethiopian biographical drama film ‘Atletu,’ which was released at the ‘Edinburgh International Film Festival’ in June 2009 and was later screened at several international film festivals. It became the first Ethiopian film to be chosen as part of the ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ category at the 83rd ‘Academy Awards.’ However, it failed to make it to the final list of the category.
She showcased her versatility with the lead role of ‘Frankie Alan,’ a brash and impulsive woman, in the British TV drama ‘Lip Service.’ Ruta had to cut her hair short and study a guide to lesbian sex for playing her part in the series. The show dealt with the lives of a group of lesbians living in Glasgow, Scotland. It aired on ‘BBC Three’ from October 12, 2010, to May 25, 2012.
The Luke Treadaway-starrer British romantic comedy ‘You Instead,’ which premiered at the ‘Glasgow Film Festival’ in February 2011, featured Ruta as ‘Lake.’ She starred in the drama film ‘Exteriors,’ which released in Norway on March 25 that year. The same year, she appeared as ‘Ursula ‘Banadeo’/‘Sister Martha’ in six episodes of the historical-fiction drama series ‘The Borgias.’
In 2013, she starred as ‘Olivia Chase’ in the American drama series ‘Do No Harm.’ The following year, she played the recurring role of internet hacker ‘Kirsten "Dutch" Velders’ in the American horror–drama series ‘The Strain,’ which premiered on ‘FX’ on July 13, 2014. Her role developed into a main character in the show’s second season, in 2015. Ruta played the character remarkably till the end of the fourth and the final season of the show, in 2017.
Meanwhile, she played ‘Astrid Kirchherr’ in ‘Backbeat: The Musical.’ It was staged at the ‘Duke of York's Theatre,’ London in 2015. She was also part of ‘Unfaithful,’ staged at the ‘Found111’ in London.
She starred opposite Luke Treadaway in the commercially successful 2016 British biographical drama film ‘A Street Cat Named Bob.’ The film bagged the ‘Best British Film’ award at the ‘U.K. National Film Awards.’
She will be seen playing ‘Serafina Pekkala’ in the upcoming British fantasy–adventure series ‘His Dark Materials.’ The series is planned for a November 3, 2019 premiere on ‘BBC One’ in the UK and is scheduled to release in the US and other markets on November 4, 2019.
Family & Personal Life
Ruta and her boyfriend, British actor and singer Luke Treadaway, live in a North London flat. Luke’s twin brother, English actor Harry Treadaway, and one of their friends who plays in a band also live in the flat.