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Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson

Jan. 13th, 1982
Born in
Ashford, Kent, England, UK
5’ 6"

Ruth Wilson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Luther (UK) TV Show
Luther (UK)
The Prisoner TV Show
The Prisoner
Jane Eyre (UK) TV Show
Jane Eyre (UK)
Small Island (UK) TV Show
Small Island (UK)
Suburban Shootout (UK) TV Show
Suburban Shootout (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Wilson was born in Ashford, Surrey and raised with three older brothers in Shepperton, Surrey. She attended Notre Dame School and sixth form at Esher College. As a teenager, Wilson 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 New Theatre (Nottingham). She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in July 2005. Afterwards, she co-founded Hush Productions.
She is a grand-daughter of the novelist and MI6 officer Alexander Wilson.

Prior to her role in Jane Eyre, Wilson had one professional screen credit, in Suburban Shootout, a situation comedy.
In 2006–7 she filmed the second series of Suburban Shootout, a new Marple mystery for ITV, and Stephen Poliakoff's BBC television drama Capturing Mary as the young Mary.
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.
In 2010, she appeared in the UK psychological police drama Luther as Alice Morgan with Idris Elba
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. A performance which prompted The Guardian to devote an editorial to Wilson's "courageous, edgy and compelling talent".

  • Has three older brothers, Toby, Sam and Matthew.
  • Wilson 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".
  • At 16, she briefly worked as a model.
  • In 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.
  • Was born in Ashford, Kent (UK) and raised in Shepperton, Surrey (UK).

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