- Ruth Wilson (actress)
name = Ruth Wilson
birthdate = birth date and age|1982|01|13
location = Ashford,
baftaawards = Nominated: Best Actress
"Jane Eyre" (2006)
Ruth Wilson (born
January 13, 1982) is an English actress, perhaps best known for her BAFTAand Golden Globe-nominated performance in the title role of "Jane Eyre".
Wilson was born in Ashford,
Kentand raised with three older brothers in Shepperton, Surrey. [Genower, Ellie [http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/entertainment/film_and_tv/s/223/223611_ruth_is_following_footsteps_of_the_famous.html Ruth is following footsteps of the famous] , "Manchester Evening News" (20 October 2006)] She attended Notre Dame School and sixth form at Esher College. [Nichol, Patricia [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article1830466.ece Something in the Eyre] , " Times Online" (27 May 2007)] As a teenager, Wilson worked as a model, and went on to study history at the University of Nottinghamgraduating in 2002. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Artin July 2005. Afterwards, she co-founded Hush Productions. While at Nottingham she was also involved the student dramaNew Theatre later which won an award for 'Outstanding Contribution to Student Theatre' at the National Student Drama Festival2008.
Prior to her role in "Jane Eyre", Wilson had only one professional screen credit, in "
Suburban Shootout", a situation comedy. Since then, Wilson has stated she is "going to better auditions. People are starting to see me, when they wouldn't have done, before - suddenly you have done a big show, and have got a bit more standing." [cite web |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4780841.stm |title=Jane Eyre star's fast-rising fame |accessdate=2008-08-30 |format=HTML |work= BBC News|author=Stephen Robb ]
Wilson's performance in "Jane Eyre" earned her four nominations for Best Actress awards in 2007, from the
Broadcasting Press Guild, BAFTAtelevision awards [cite web |url=http://www.broadcastingpressguild.org/news/010307_bpg33noms.html |title=Nominations for Broadcasting Press Guild 33rd Annual Television and Radio Awards |accessdate=2007-07-26 |format=HTML |work= Broadcasting Press Guild] [cite web |url=http://www.bafta.org/site/page129.html |title=Latest Winners and Nominees |accessdate=2007-07-26 |format=HTML |work= BAFTA] Satellite Awardsand the 2008 golden globes. She also came second in a BBC viewers poll for Best Actress of 2006.
In 2006-2007 she filmed the second series of "Suburban Shootout", a new "Marple" mystery for
ITV, and Stephen Poliakoff's BBCtelevision 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 - and learned to play the piano for the role. [Rock, Malcolm [http://www.whatsonstage.com/index.php?pg=207&story=E8821178631835 20 Questions With... Ruth Wilson] , "What's on Stage" (21 May 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. [Calvi, Nuala [http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/newsstory.php/17158/jane-eyre-actress-wilson-presents-lilian Jane Eyre actress Wilson presents Lilian Baylis Awards] , " The Stage" (12 June 2007)] In November 2007 she gave a radio interview on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour [ BBC Woman's Hour Arts Archive, Ruth Wilson [http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/02/2007_45_fri.shtml BBC Radio 4 "Woman's Hour"] ]
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, February 21st 2008); narration of the documentary "The Polish Ambulance Murders" (transmitted on BBC4, February 5th 2008); and the portrayal of a mentally ill doctor in the dramatised documentary "The Doctor Who Hears Voices" [ [http://www.channel4.com/health/microsites/D/dr_hears_voices/programme.html "The Doctor Who Hears Voices", from Channel 4.com] ] (transmitted on UK Channel 4, 21st April 2008), a story which follows controversial psychologist Dr Rufus May as he treats a junior doctor diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
During the winter of 2007 Wilson took six months off. She said: "I simply want to take a break and catch my breath. But I also think that, sometimes, the bravest thing you can do is to deliberately keep some time free and see what the world throws at you." [Knight, Kathryn. "Bye Bye Bonnets", "
Daily Mail" "Weekend", 2007-11-10.]
AMC Television and
ITVhave announced that she will appear in a 2009 TV miniseriesremake of " The Prisoner", as a character code-named No. 313. [cite web|author=Drew Pisarra| publisher=AMC| url=http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/2008/07/casting-announcement.php| title=Four More Residents of The Village| date=2008-07-24]
She currently lives in
London. [Hoggard, Liz [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_20061007/ai_n17149948/pg_1 Ruth Wilson] , " The Independent" (7 October 2006)]
Wilson played Lady Macbeth in Hush Production's inaugural production - "
Macbeth" at the Lakeside Theatre - while they were in their final year at university.
While at LAMDA she appeared in a student production of CP Taylor's "Good", which transferred to the
Sound Theatrefor a short run in 2005.
Wilson has also appeared in the short films "In The Dark" and "The Rounds", [ [http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/janeeyre/ruth_wilson.shtml Profile - Jane Eyre (Ruth Wilson)] , "
BBC"] as characters unknown.
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