- Born in Ethiopia, she moved to Dublin with her Irish mother after the death of her father in a car crash.
- After auditioning for a role in Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto, Jordan was so impressed that he changed the part so she could play it.
- Played Ophelia in Hamlet at the National Theatre in London in 2010, opposite Rory Kinnear as the title character.
- Only had eight days to prepare for the title role of Shirley Bassey in the BBA drama biopic, Shirley.
- Filmed scenes for 12 Years a Slave, but her role was eventually cut from the film.