before sexy dramatic thriller the affair (2014-current) came along, few people had heard of british actress ruth wilson. her portrayal of cheating small-town waitress alison lockhart has turned heads and she recently took home the 2015 golden globe for best actress in a television series drama. but who is ruth when she’s not steaming up screens with her character’s married lover noah (dominic west)?
the 33-year-old from surrey in the uk didn’t get her artistic side from her parents. her mom mary is a probation officer and her dad nigel is a banker. it seems that creativity skipped a generation; ruth’s grandfather alexander wilson was an english writer, professor, poet and mi6 spy who fought for the allied forces in world war i. she put on her business cap after graduating from the london academy of music & dramatic art in 2005 and founded theatre production company hush productions with her actor friends. before moving to the us, ruth made her mark as jane eyre in the critically acclaimed 2006 miniseries jane eyre, as well as genius sociopath killer alice morgan in actor idris elba’s actionpacked cop series luther (2010-2013). she’s also modelled and playing dress up works for her. says ruth, “i really love clothes. i love little summer dresses or ’50s tops worn with jeans.” ruth’s keeping her relationship status under wraps for now, but she was recently linked to her co-star jake gyllenhaal from their theatre play constellations. she was also in an on-off relationship with british actor jude law between 2011 and early 2014. while she plans on acting for some time still, that hasn’t stopped ruth from planning for her future. and what is that future? “i’ve always loved the idea of opening a teashop with cakes and wine and books. maybe one day, when it all goes wrong, that’s what i’ll do.”
ruth wilson is earning her drama chops working
on hit show the affair.