- This article is about the English actress. For the alleged Soviet spy, see Ruth Wilson Epstein.
13 January 1982 |
Ashford, Surrey, England
Ruth Wilson (born 13 January 1982) is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2005), Jane Eyre (2006), and as Alice Morgan in the BBC TV psychological crime drama Luther since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013). In 2014, she had a voice role in Locke and a central role in the Showtime series The Affair.
Wilson is a two-time Olivier Award winner, and was nominated for a BAFTA and Golden Globe for Best Actress in a mini-series for her role in Jane Eyre, as well as a Satellite Award and won a Golden Globe for her role in The Affair.
Wilson was born in Ashford, Surrey, the daughter of Mary, a probation officer, and Nigel Wilson, an investment banker. She has three older brothers, and is the granddaughter of novelist and MI6 officer Alexander Wilson and his third wife, Alison (McKelvie). She grew up in Shepperton, Surrey, and was raised Catholic.
Wilson attended Notre Dame School and sixth form at Esher College. As a teenager, she worked as a model, and went on to study history at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2003. While at Nottingham, she was also involved in student drama at the New Theatre. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in July 2005. Afterwards, she co-founded Hush Productions. During her time at Nottingham, she participated in the TV war strategy game Time Commanders, helping her teammates fight in the Battle of Pharsalus.
In 2007, she appeared in Gorky's Philistines, playing Tanya, at the National from May until August 2007. She also narrated the audio book of Lauren St John's novel "The White Giraffe". In June 2007, Wilson presented the 2007 Lilian Baylis Awards.
Other projects in 2007 included the narration of an audio book of the children's novel Dolphin Song by Lauren St John; a guest appearance in the sitcom Freezing as Alison Fennel (transmitted on BBC2, 21 February 2008); narration of the documentary The Polish Ambulance Murders (transmitted on BBC4, 5 February 2008); and the portrayal of a mentally ill doctor in the dramatised documentary The Doctor Who Hears Voices (transmitted on UK Channel 4, 21 April 2008).
From 23 July to 3 October 2009, she appeared as Stella in the Donmar revival of A Streetcar Named Desire. On 15 November 2009 AMC Television and ITV premiered the 2009 TV miniseries remake of The Prisoner, in which Wilson played the Village doctor, "Number 313." She played "Queenie" in an adaptation of Andrea Levy's Small Island, which aired on BBC1 in December 2009 and also aired in the United States on PBS in 2010.
From 2010 to 2013, she appeared in the British psychological police drama Luther as recurring character Alice Morgan, a research scientist and highly intelligent sociopath. In September 2012, the series' creator, Neil Cross, announced that he was in the process of creating a spin-off of Luther centred on Wilson's character. Cross stated, "The BBC is very interested in the project. The only real question would be how many and how often we would do it - whether it would be a one-off miniseries or a returning miniseries, a co-production or not."
From 4 August to 8 October 2011, Wilson starred in the title role of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Jude Law. Her performance prompted The Guardian to devote an editorial to Wilson's "courageous, edgy and compelling talent".
In 2014, Wilson began starring as Alison Bailey on The Affair, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in January 2015.
|2007||Get Off My Land||Woman||Short film|
|2012||Anna Karenina||Princess Betsy|
|2013||The Lone Ranger||Rebecca Reid|
|2013||Saving Mr. Banks||Margaret Goff||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
Royal National Theatre
|2009||A Streetcar Named Desire||Stella||Donmar Warehouse|
|2010||Through a Glass Darkly||Karin||Almeida Theatre|
|2011||Anna Christie||Anna Christie||Donmar Warehouse|
|2015||Constellations||Marianne||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre|
|2008||The Mayor of Casterbridge||Elizabeth-Janes|
|2009||The Promise||BBC Radio 3|
Awards and nominations
|2007||British Academy Television Awards||Best Actress||Jane Eyre||Nominated|||
|2007||Broadcasting Press Guild Awards||Best Actress||Jane Eyre||Nominated|||
|2007||Golden Globe Awards||Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film||Jane Eyre||Nominated|||
|2007||Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Jane Eyre||Nominated|||
|2010||Satellite Awards||Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film||Luther||Nominated|||
|2011||Crime Thriller Awards||The Best Supporting Actress||Luther||Nominated|||
|2013||Crime Thriller Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Luther||Nominated|||
|2013||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||Saving Mr. Banks||Nominated|||
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actress – Television Series Drama||The Affair||Won|||
|2015||Satellite Awards||Best Actress in a Drama Series||The Affair||Nominated|||
- "Olivier Winners 2010". olivierawards.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Brockes, Emma (31 August 2012). "Ruth Wilson: acting up". theguardian.com. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- ""Comparative Media Law & Ethics" by Tim Crook". ma-radio.gold.ac.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Eden, Richard (23 September 2012). "Lone Ranger star Ruth Wilson spies film about her bigamist grandfather". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Genower, Ellie Ruth is following footsteps of the famous, Manchester Evening News (20 October 2006)
- EYRE, HERMIONE (21 July 2011). "Ruth Wilson on her sizzling summer with Jude Law". standard.co.uk. Retrieved 7 April 2014.
- Nichol, Patricia Something in the Eyre, Times Online (27 May 2007)
- Hoggard, Liz Ruth Wilson, The Independent (7 October 2006)
- Stephen Robb (10 August 2006). "Jane Eyre star's fast-rising fame". BBC News. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
- Rock, Malcolm 20 Questions With… Ruth Wilson, What's on Stage (21 May 2007).
- Calvi, Nuala Jane Eyre actress Wilson presents Lilian Baylis Awards, The Stage (12 June 2007).
- The Doctor Who Hears Voices, Channel 4 website
- Past Productions, Donmar Warehouse
- The Prisoner, Originals, AMC TV
- "BBC – Small Island". BBC Online. Retrieved 15 August 2011.
- 'Luther' Spin-Off Starring Ruth Wilson As Alice Morgan In The Works, The Huffington Post, 9 September 2012
- "In praise of … Ruth Wilson". The Guardian (London). 15 August 2011. p. 30. Retrieved 25 June 2012.
- The Culture Show: Stephen Poliakoff, BBC (13 September 2007)
- Small Island at BBC web site
- The Prisoner at AMC TV web site
- Philistines official web page at the National Theatre. Nt-online.org. Retrieved on 2012-02-20.
- Billington, Michael (29 July 2009). "Theatre review: A Streetcar Named Desire". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 4 March 2012.
- Billington, Michael (17 June 2010). "Through a Glass Darkly". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- "Top British actors to appear in BBC Radio 3’s autumn drama" 30 August 2009, The Stage
- "BAFTA TV Award 2007". imdb.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "Nominations for Broadcasting Press Guild 33rd Annual Television and Radio Awards". broadcastingpressguild.org. Broadcasting Press Guild Awards. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "List: Nominations for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards". foxnews.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "Satellite Awards for 2007". imdb.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "Satellite Awards for 2010". imdb.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "2011 Crime Thriller Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "2013 Crime Thriller Awards". imdb.com. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "2013 Phoenix Film Critics Society Nominations". hitfix.com. HitFix. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Ellwood, Gregory (December 11, 2013). "2015 Golden Globe Awards nominations - complete list". hitfix.com. HitFix. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- "‘Birdman’ Leads Satellite Awards Nominations". thewrap.com. The Wrap. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Ruth Wilson at the Internet Movie Database
- Jane Eyre – Articles & Interviews
- Ruth Wilson interview in The Daily Telegraph