The af­fair

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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.

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