Spotlight on Ruth Wilson


D.O.B. 13 January 1982 in Ashford, Surrey, England

Education: University of Nottingham, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art



Ruth Wilson first caught my attention in the 2006 BBC production of Jane Eyre, for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Since then, the former model’s credits have principally been on the London stage or television.

In addition to Jane Eyre, she was also a featured performer in the drama Small Island, an adaptation of the Andrea Levy novel of the same name. American audiences may recognize her from the AMC television miniseries The Prisoner, starring Jim Caviezel and Sir Ian McKellan. More recently she appeared as psychotic killer/sidekick Alice Morgan opposite Idris Elba’s Luther in the critically acclaimed series, Luther.

Her work on stage includes performances in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire (as Stella, winner of 2010 Olivier Award for Best Actress), Through a Glass Darkly (as Karin) and Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie (as Anna Christie, co-starring Jude Law).

The movie industry has taken notice of this talented young woman. This year, she will feature in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina, which stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law and in 2013 she will be in Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

Here’s hoping that her career goes from strength to strength.


  1. I haven’t ever hear of her, although she will stick now… she is very easy on the eye

  2. She can act. She’ll likely be around for a minute unless she falls victim to any off-camera issues.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her on the silver screen yet but looking forward to in the future 😀

  4. I’ve only seen her in the BBC 2006 Jane Eyre. I think she’s quite good though I’m not a fan of Toby’s portrayal of Rochester.

    • It may not be your style, but (as mentioned elsewhere) she is very good in Luther. The fact that in one turn she is quite Jane Eyre and the next moment a psychopath killer is quite impressive.

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