|Occupation Actor||Name John Ruddy|
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John D Ruddy is an Irish actor and artist.
Ruddy was born in Letterkenny, County Donegal.
Ruddy has been involved in many theatre productions in his native Ireland. His first notable role was in the multi-award winning production of The 39 Steps directed by Pluincead O Fearraigh which toured across Ireland in September 2012.
He went on to play Billy McKeague in The Rising by Joe O'Byrne, a two-man play of a Protestant and a Catholic telling the story of the 1916 Easter Rising. The play premiered in the Powerscourt Theatre, Dublin in June 2012 and toured Ireland in 2013 and 2014.
Ruddy's performance was widely praised with The Irish Times stating "Ruddy's characterisations – particularly his inner-city Concepta and, at times, his Padraig Pearse – are so funny that they divert us guiltily from the weight of the lesson." Irish culture magazine Vulgo described Ruddy and his co-star Nick O'Connell as "exciting new talent" and "say that you saw the electric O'Connell and Ruddy here first" in their review of the show.
In addition to his animations, Ruddy is also an illustrator, and recently provided illustrations for Kieran Kelly's book, Letterkenny: Where the Winding Swilly Flows.