Ruth Wilson

Active - 2006 - Present  |   Born - Jan 13, 1982 in Ashford, Kent, England  |   Genres - Drama, Thriller

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British actress Ruth Wilson took her on-camera bow in her early twenties. Wilson first participated in a comedy series on Channel 5 entitled Suburban Shootout, then -- almost immediately after drama school -- signed for a role that netted her significant acclaim and a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress: a portrayal of Jane Eyre in director Susanna White's 2006 BBC miniseries adaptation of the seminal Charlotte Brontë novel. After Eyre, Wilson acted under the aegis of the legendary director-cum-playwright Stephen Poliakoff -- opposite Maggie Smith and others -- in Poliakoff's 2007 telemovie A Real Summer.

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  • Was inspired to be an actress by watching her brothers perform in local theaters.
  • Worked as a model in her teens.
  • Graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2005.
  • Got her big break in the lead role of the 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre.
  • Learned to play the piano for her stage role in Gorky's Philistines at London's National Theatre in 2007.
  • Is the granddaughter of novelist Alexander Wilson.
  • Won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Stella in a London production of A Streetcar Named Desire.