BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Ruby Barker longs to track down the parents who put her up for ...

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker would one day love to write to the parents, who put her up for adoption as a baby, to let them know she ‘turned out alright’.

The 24-year-old plays Miss Marina Thompson, the spirited country cousin who arrives in Regency London concealing a scandalous secret in the series. 

And she is one of a handful of highly talented young actors who have sprung to prominence during lockdown, as we’ve been glued to our screens.

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker would one day love to write to the parents, who put her up for adoption as a baby, to let them know she ‘turned out alright’

Bridgerton star Ruby Barker would one day love to write to the parents, who put her up for adoption as a baby, to let them know she ‘turned out alright’

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Ruby knows that she was born in Islington — and considers herself a Londoner, even though her adoptive mum and dad raised her in Glasgow. She also knows that her birth mother and father were from Ireland and Montserrat. 

‘It’s one of those things that’s always at the back of my mind,’ she told me. Ruby is a nickname. Her first name is ‘a secret’, known only to those close to her, including her sister, who’s a year older. 

She said she felt incredibly lucky — and thankful — that the two of them were adopted by the same family.

But there’s always been something holding her back from sitting down and actually composing that letter. 

‘Sometimes life gets in the way but it’s something I want to do,’ she said. ‘I want them to know that I turned out alright, you know?’ 

For starters, she’d tell them about How To Stop A Recurring Dream, a film she made before Shonda Rimes and her team cast her in Bridgerton (which has become a global smash hit since its launch two months ago).

The 24-year-old plays Miss Marina Thompson, the spirited country cousin who arrives in Regency London concealing a scandalous secret in the Netflix series. She is pictured in the show with Luke Newton

The 24-year-old plays Miss Marina Thompson, the spirited country cousin who arrives in Regency London concealing a scandalous secret in the series. She is pictured in the show with Luke Newton

And if they watched the picture (due out next month) I’m sure they’d be impressed with her ferociously raw portrait of Yakira: a rebellious 17-year-old who kidnaps her younger stepsister and shuts her in a car boot before driving off on what turns out to be a poignant pilgrimage.

The moment she read director Ed Morris’s screenplay she knew she had to play Yakira, who lives in an unhappy household with her father, stepmother and stepsister (a superb Lily-Rose Aslandogdu).

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‘I know it sounds crazy, but it felt like it was something I would have done in my teenage years,’ she said. 

Her Bridgerton character has a ‘rebellious streak’, too; which is why she believes she was cast. 

‘Marina’s definitely got this edge,’

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