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Ruth Wilson

Biography

United kingdom actress who starred within the 2006 Jane Eyre miniseries and played out Alice Morgan within the BBC series Luther. In 2014, she started playing Alison Bailey in the Showtime series The Affair. The function gained her a Golden World Award for Greatest Actress within a Dilemma Series in 2015. She graduated through the College or university of Nottingham in 2003 using a degree ever sold and continued to study performing on the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artwork. Her early tv credits include performances in ten shows from the satirical United kingdom humor series Suburban Shootout. She was raised in Surrey, Britain with three siblings. Her dad worked being a banker and her mom worked being a probation official. Her grandfather, Alexander Wilson, was a novelist. She performed with Jude Rules within a 2011 theatrical creation of Anna Christie at London’s Donmar Warehouse. Her function because the play’s title personality earned her the 2012 Olivier Award for Greatest Actress.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ruth Wilson
Date Of Birth January 13, 1982
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.68 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Notre Dame School, Surrey, University of Nottingham, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Esher College
Nationality British
Parents Nigel Wilson, Mary Wilson
Siblings Matthew Wilson, Toby Wilson, Sam Wilson
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominations Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama, Satellite Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play
Movies Capturing Mary, Anna Karenina, The Lone Ranger, Locke, Saving Mr. Banks, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Suite Française, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, The Little Stranger
TV Shows The Prisoner, Suburban Shootout, Small Island, Jane Eyre, The Affair, Luther, Ceramics A Fragile History
Star Sign Capricorn

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#Fact
1Played a supporting role in A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), but all her scenes were deleted from the final cut.
2Has won two Laurence Olivier awards for performances on London's West End stage - Best Actress for "Anna Christie", opposite Jude Law and Supporting Actress for "A Streetcar Named Desire", opposite Rachel Weisz.
3Has three older brothers, Toby, Sam and Matthew.
4Wilson co-founded Hush Production with a couple of friends. She also acted in plays that were set up by the production company such as in "Macbeth" or "Romeo and Juliet".
5At 16, she briefly worked as a model.
6In 2002, Wilson graduated in history from the University of Nottingham. There she was involved in the drama group of the university. Afterwards, she studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2005.
7Was born in Ashford, Kent (UK) and raised in Shepperton, Surrey (UK).


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
How to Talk to Girls at Parties2017completedPT Stella
Dark River2017post-productionAlice
The Affair2014-2017TV SeriesAlison Bailey
I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House2016Lily
The Complete Walk: All's Well That Ends Well2016ShortHelena
Hedda Gabler2016/IIHedda Gabler
Luther2010-2015TV SeriesAlice Morgan
Eleanor2015ShortEleanor
Suite Française2014Madeleine Labarie
Saving Mr. Banks2013Margaret Goff
Locke2013Katrina (voice)
The Lone Ranger2013Rebecca Reid
Anna Karenina2012/IPrincess Betsy Tverskoy
Small Island2009TV MovieQueenie
The Prisoner2009TV Mini-Series313 / Doctor
The Doctor Who Hears Voices2008TV Movie documentaryDr Ruth
Freezing2008TV SeriesAlison Fennel
Capturing Mary2007TV MovieYoung Mary
A Real Summer2007TV MovieMary Gilbert / Geraldine
Suburban Shootout2006-2007TV SeriesJewel Diamond
Get Off My Land2007ShortWoman
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesGeorgina Barrow
Jane Eyre2006TV Mini-SeriesJane Eyre

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reported Missing2017TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Graham Norton Show2017TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Evening Standard Theatre Awards 20162016TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2015-2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with James Corden2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS This Morning2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself
Remember That Time2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2015TV SeriesHerself
The 69th Annual Tony Awards2015TV MovieHerself - Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Horizon2015TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Winner
The View2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself - The Affair
The Olivier Awards 20142014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Vivir de cine2013TV SeriesHerself
Janela Indiscreta2013TV SeriesHerself
Made in Hollywood2013TV SeriesHerself
Creating the Extraordinary World of Anna Karenina2013Video documentary shortHerself
Creating the Stunning Costumes of Anna Karenina2013Video documentary shortHerself
Ceramics: A Fragile History2011TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Breakfast2007-2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The British Academy Television Awards2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Six Hour Film Shot in 92 Days: The Diary of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHerself
Beautiful Prison: The World of 'The Prisoner'2010Video shortHerself
This Morning2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Time Commanders2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Graham Norton Show2017TV SeriesHerself
The Brontes at the BBC2016TV Movie documentaryJane Eyre
Extra2015TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014-2015TV SeriesHerself / Herself - The Affair
Reader, I Married Him2006TV Series documentaryJane Eyre

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - DramaThe Affair (2014)
2015Harper's Bazaar AwardHarper's Bazaar Women of the Year AwardsOutstanding PerformanceThe Affair (2014)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, Drama/GenreThe Affair (2014)
2014Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Series, DramaThe Affair (2014)
2013DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Supporting ActressLuther (2010)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSaving Mr. Banks (2013)· Emma Thompson
· Tom Hanks
· Annie Rose Buckley
· Colin Farrell
· Paul Giamatti
· Jason Schwartzman
· B.J. Novak
· Bradley Whitford
· Kathy Baker
· Melanie Paxson
· Rachel Griffiths
· Ronan Vibert
2011DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Supporting ActressLuther (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLuther (2010)
2008Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJane Eyre (2006)
2007BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressJane Eyre (2006)
2007Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressJane Eyre (2006)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJane Eyre (2006)


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#Quote
1I come from theatre and I feel like I have to go back to it every few years because it's like nourishment for the soul. And, as an actor, it's the place you have most control, no one cuts or edits you and you get to tell the story each night. It always boosts my confidence and my choices in the film and TV work I do after that. I tend to make bolder and more interesting choices after I've done theatre.
2I value my privacy so much, and I value that people know me as my characters, which is the best thing about it. They know me as Alice or they know me as Alison or whatever. They don't know me very well and that's the best way to keep it.
3There was a group of girls in "Tate Modern", they were all about 14 and they probably hadn't seen The Affair (2014), but probably saw me in Luther (2010) or Jane Eyre (2006) and they all were like, "You're on TV - give me a photo". Then I started asking them about the Alexander Calder exhibition and why they were there and they were like, "Whaaat? - we want a photo". I was quite intimidated",..."When you're on your own in tracksuit bottoms or choosing a towel in John Lewis ... I don't want anyone to know what towel I'm choosing. "I'm not really a selfie person. I mean, if I'm on my own somewhere and I'm in a beautiful location, I will take a selfie to prove that I was there but they are always terrible photos.
4I work hard on the inner life of the character. I go through scripts to find out what they are thinking underneath. This means that, as an audience, you will see things going on but won't always necessarily know what they are.
5It's a good time for me, but it's only recently I've become comfortable in my job. At the start, it's hard having the nerve to call yourself an actor, let alone doing it. I gave myself two years after drama school, and if I didn't make it, then I'd give it up.
6I think I've got quite a weird face. It sort of moves a lot. People have always pointed out my distinctive features - my top lip or my eyebrows - even when I was very young. They'd call me 'ski-jump lip' and all sorts of stuff; my family as much as anyone else. So I was always aware that I had these features that I couldn't do much about.
7I'd quite like to do a film but I'd also love to do more theater. I want to keep challenging myself with good roles. It's harder for women because there aren't as many challenging roles.
8I'm more honest in acting than in life.
9I always vaguely knew I wanted to perform, but I haven't got the greatest singing voice and my dancing isn't up to scratch. Acting was really the only alternative. My parents have been really supportive throughout.
10I've always been quite shy. Very confident but very shy.
11I remembered a mantra that one of my teachers used to tell me at drama school, that every thought will pass across your face. Even if you're thinking about Shreddies the camera will read it.
12I really love clothes, but I think I have a style of my own which is quite eclectic.
13There are lots of moments that are great for an actress.
14I do things on a whim.
15I love complex characters - strong females who are vulnerable but have a life and soul. That's what I'm drawn to and what I enjoy most.
16My remit has always been: I want to do something different from the last thing I've done.
17What really excites me is the unknown, and getting to grips with something you have no idea about.
18It's how you prioritize in life.
19I haven't got one or two people that I aspired to be like.
20My parents are desperate, they keep saying: 'Please stop doing these angsty roles; make it easier for us.' So, yeah, I'd love to do some comedy.
21There's always been a religious strain in me. I can't get rid of it. I don't want to get rid of it. I'm not involved in a church, but I understand that impulse to believe in something that's never going to betray you.
22I don't really plan. I just see what happens.
23There's such a huge link with fashion, with front covers of magazines and selling products, but that's not what you go into the job for, and yet you're persuaded that's what you have to do to create the opportunities for yourself.
24I'm drawn to damaged, complicated characters.
25For me, there is a stigma attached to playing beautiful parts. They are often empty characters whom the action happens around. I'm more drawn to characters with a complex internal life, who have a burning frustration underneath that keeps them going.
26Cleaning isn't all that interesting to me. I'm disorganized.
27I simply want to take a break and catch my breath. But I also think that, sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is to deliberately keep some time free and see what the world throws at you.
28The difficult thing for me is going to a event and having to be dressed up and being judged for what you wear. People care so much about that these days.
29Every actor turns everything round to their character.
30[2013 interview] I'm learning to box. I wouldn't want to do a Mickey Rourke but it's amazing exercise. The whole body gets a workout. It's half an hour but intense; I do it twice a week. I love it. I get my boxing gloves on.
31My brothers bring me down to earth. I'm not very precious. In my family, you're not allowed to self-indulge. I'm practical and tomboyish. It has given me strength of character.
32On taking six months off in 2007: I simply want to take a break and catch my breath. But I also think that, sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is to deliberately keep some time free and see what the world throws at you.


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