Ruth was studying to be a screenwriter and volunteering at Whizz-Kidz — the charity that supplied her with her first wheelchair at the age of five — when the BBC called asking if they could recommend a wheelchair user for an audition. Thinking it might help her understanding of screenwriting, Ruth went along and ended up being offered the part.
This first acting job got Ruth an agent which led to a part in Fresh Meat. In 2012 she wrote and starred in Scrims for Lime Pictures. In 2015, Ruth was cast as the lead in BBC’s Don’t Take My Baby, which earned her a BAFTA nomination. Since then Ruth has completed filming for major ITV series The Level in her first non-disability specific role, which she sees as a milestone for the industry’s representation of disabled people. She most recently appeared in Russel T Davies’ BBC series Years and Years.