Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson


1/13/1982, Ashford, Kent, England

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Ruth trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). She graduated in July 2005. Prior to that she graduated in history at the University of Nottingham. She now lives in Waterloo, London.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 2015 Golden Globe best actress for The Affair.

    • In December 2007, Ruth was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category, Actress, Miniseries or Movie for her eponymous role in Jane Eyre (Masterpiece Theatre).

    • Ruth set up Hush Productions with some acting friends. They took a production to New York after winning four stars at the Edinburgh Festival.

    • During the 13 weeks of filming of Jane Eyre in Derbyshire, Ruth shared a trailer with co-star Toby Stephens.

    • Ruth did some jewellery modelling for a Sri Lankan charity of craftspeople, set up to help the victims of the Tsunami.

    • Ruth Wilson presented the 2007 Lilian Baylis Awards at a ceremony at the Old Vic Theatre. The two £1,400 prizes are given to promising second year drama students in London.

    • Ruth did some modelling work as a teenager.

    • Ruth has three older brothers, and she claims that she is very competitive, thanks to them.

    • Ruth's boyfriend, Adrian is a webdesigner.

    • Ruth was nominated for a best actress BAFTA in 2007 for her role in Jane Eyre.

    • Ruth's brother is in the Territorial Army (TA). She is concerned that he will be stationed in Iraq at some point.

  • Quotes

    • Ruth debuted in Howard Davies' production of Philistines, in Summer 2007 at the National Theatre.

    • Ruth: I really love clothes, but I think I have a style of my own which is quite eclectic. I love shopping around Brick Lane and areas like that. I'll look in old retro shops, but I'm not a massive spendthrift. I hold back. I make do. I love little summer dresses from second-hand shops or 1950s tops worn with jeans.

    • Ruth: For 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

    • (On her choice of career)
      Ruth: I 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.

    • (on her future plans)
      Ruth: I'd quite like to do a film but I'd also love to do more theatre. I want to keep challenging myself with good roles. It's harder for women because there aren't as many challenging roles.

    • (On what she might be, if not an actress)
      Ruth: I always loved the idea of opening a teashop with cakes and wine and some books to read. Maybe one day, when it all goes wrong, that's what I'll end up doing.

    • Ruth: "The worst thing was going round the room saying what you are doing - I just felt really humble saying, 'I'm Ruth Wilson, I'm playing Jane Eyre.'" (At the first script read-through for BBC drama 'Jane Eyre')

    • Ruth: It's suddenly hitting me now really, with all the publicity and everything like that. I am incredibly lucky to have landed this part." (On BBC drama 'Jane Eyre')