Friday, 9 December 2011

Ruth arriving at the Moet Independent Film Awards

Friday, 18 November 2011

Truth About Lies

An article on the Daily Mail website about Billie Piper here mentions that she's making a movie called Truth About Lies with Ruth Wilson this winter. Source:

Friday, 9 September 2011

Ruth in Anna Karenina

I've just spotted this news that has Ruth cast in a new adaptation of Anna Karenina.

A couple of young European actresses on the verge of a breakout have rounded out the cast of Joe Wright’s new adaptation of classic Tostoy Russian epic “Anna Karenina.” Focus Features announced today shooting will begin this month in the UK and in Russia and actresses Ruth Wilson and Alicia Vikander have joined the cast.

This will be Wright’s third collaboration with muse Keira Knightley, who will play the titular unhappy and unfaithful Anna, with Jude Law as her high-ranking official of a husband and one of our favorites, Aaron Johnson, as Vronsky, her handsome lover. Among the supporting cast are Kelly Macdonald, Matthew Macfadyen, Domhnall Gleeson, Emily Watson and Olivia Williams. There is no word on who Wilson and Vikander would play, though Anna’s sisters, Dolly and Kitty, who become embroiled in their own trials, tribulations and love triangles, might be a logical guess.

Vikander, the Swedish actress who was at one time a finalist for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, landed herself another high profile franchise in Warner Bros’ sorcery fantasy “The Seventh Son”, opposite Ben Barnes and Jeff Bridges. British actress Wilson had also been set for a big budget blockbuster, but it may not happen now as that project is the Gore Verbinski-Johnny Depp Disney film “The Lone Ranger”, whose $200million+ life hangs in the balance as Disney execs review newly turned-in budget trimmings and decide whether to go forward or pull the plug completely.


Monday, 15 August 2011

In praise of ... Ruth Wilson

The Guardian has a piece called "In praise of ... Ruth Wilson". Oddly enough I agreed with what they have to say.

Theatre critics have been left breathless by the actor's performance in the Donmar production of Anna Christie

It is only six years since she graduated from drama school. But she has established herself on stage, television and film as an outstanding talent in a very talented generation. She has a face that flits from luminous to plain, and a mouth whose long upper lip gives her the mobility of expression she exploits so dangerously. The critics are breathless. Last week in her latest role, as the eponymous Anna Christie in the Donmar production of the Eugene O'Neill play, Ruth Wilson won warm reviews that singled out her "languorous cadences" and her "toughness and vulnerability" – a hint at her ability to convey lightening mood changes without jeopardising the utter authenticity of her character as a woman heartlessly abused but not yet broken. Remarkably, Anna Christie is only her fourth professional stage role: she scored an equal triumph as a woman descending into madness at the Almeida last year in Through a Glass Darkly , and the year before in her debut at the Donmar in A Streetcar Named Desire, where she picked up an Olivier as best supporting actress. On stage, she is easily as powerful as the big names she appears alongside (Jude Law in Anna Christie, Rachel Weisz in Streetcar). She seems to thrive on the complex and the gritty. But as Jane Eyre on the BBC in 2006 she did stillness and gravity along with endurance. She does funny, too: see her first TV role, Suburban Shootout, and watch how today's feisty has its origins in earlier cocky. A courageous, edgy and compelling talent.

Lone Ranger movie on hold

According to a story on it looks like Disney has halted production of the new Lone Ranger movie that Ruth was connected to.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Ruth Wilson on Frontrow

Ruth was featured on BBC Radio 4's Frontrow programme.

Ruth Wilson stars with Jude Law in a new production of Anna Christie, Eugene O'Neill's play about a young woman trying to escape her past. She discusses her boating bonding session with her co-star, her TV performances from Jane Eyre to Luther, and why she is drawn to intense and damaged female characters.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Ruth Wilson on BBC Breakfast

It looks like Ruth appeared on the BBC's Breakfast show this morning.

Actress Ruth Wilson talks about why she loves performing on stage. She made her name when she starred in the BBC's adaptation of Jane Eyre five years ago. More recently she has appeared on television screens as Alice Morgan in the drama Luther.

Wilson is about to appear on stage opposite Jude Law at the Donmar Warehouse for a production of Anna Christie. She spoke to BBC Breakfast about why she loves performing in the theatre.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ruth Wilson is female lead in Lone Ranger movie

Variety is reporting that Ruth Wilson will play the female lead in a new movie based on the Lone Ranger character. She will play the Lone Ranger's sister-in-law, Rebecca Reid, opposite Johnny Depp.

However the movie is not due out until December 2012 so there's a bit of a wait.

You can read the variety article at

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Luther episode 2.2

Episode 2 of the new series picks up where the last one left off. Ripley has been kidnapped by the Punch killer and Luther has to find him.
Actually Luther is a bit busy. As well as dealing with the Ripley situation and foiling Punch's next plot he gets a phone call from the mother of the girl he rescued from the sex people in the previous episode. He pops around to her apartment and gets a nail hammered through his hand to get his attention. Some Bad People want him to silence a guy in witness protection. If he doesn't they will kill the mother and the girl he rescued - the one currently handcuffed to Mark's chair.

You see, when I type that out it sounds silly. But while I'm watching it I enjoy it.

So Luther has to find the witness protection guy and tells him to amend his statement. Then it's back to the Ripley situation. Eventually they work out Punch's plan which I won't spoil in case you've not seen the episode, but it is a bit chilling.

By now the episode is almost over, but where is Alice Morgan. It's why I'm watching after all! Luther gets back to his crummy flat and sure enough there is Alice waiting for him. She's obviously used the key card we almost glimpsed in the apple last week. She still wants to run off into the sunset with Luther but he says no. I wonder if such refusals will annoy her...

Overall an entertaining episode but I would have liked to have seen Alice break out of the secure hospital. There's an episode right there. Remember in the first series when she impersonated a doctor, started a fire, lured away a police guard, all so she could kill the serial killer who woke up from the coma?

And now that I've typed it I see that it all sounds a little silly. But it's pure entertainment.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Luther episode 2.1

"Now what?"

That was the question asked in the last episode of the first series when Luther, Alice and Mark stood over the body of Ian Reed as they listened to the sound of approaching sirens. It was also the first line of the new series as we are given a close up of Ruth as Alice Morgan being questioned in a secure hospital. It appears she's being held there for the murder of Ian Reed. Fair enough as she did it.

Meanwhile we see Luther facing a new day in a very run-down tower block. He plays Russian Roulette. Click. OK, maybe tomorrow. Later he is playing chess with Mark, which is an amusing sight.

Luther is now heading a team investigating serial killers and he recruits his former partner Ripley who has been demoted to being a uniform copper after preventing Luther getting shot by a sniper.

The killer in this episode is quite a nasty piece of work. Well he would be in an episode of Luther. This one wears a Punch mask and is quite happy to perform to the CCTV cameras as he kills his victims.

In the middle of the episode Luther has time to visit Alice in hospital. They speak of Luther leaving his police job and going traveling to see "the desert" and "see some sharks". Alice expresses her desire to see the Very Large Array of radio telescopes in New Mexico, a nice reminder of her physicist background. "It's quite spectacular," she whispers, with her eyes closed. Then suggests "we could go togeather". But it all feels like they are talking in code. What is not being said I wonder?

Luther makes a great song and dance (metaphorically speaking) about taking an apple from his pocket and eating it. Then he tells Alice he has to go catch "madmen". Outside the hospital he throes the apple over the wall, but not until he pushed something inside. Something that looks like a card. On the other side of the wall Alice sees the apple and picks it up. She is smiling. You've got to look carefully at the apple, just above her little finger...

This episode marks a departure from the first series as things are not wrapped up in 60 minutes. As the end of the episode approaches it becomes clear that the killer will not be caught before the end credits. Indeed there is a delicious cliffhanger after some handy misdirection.

A strong opening episode. I look forward to the next one.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Luther Series 2 reminder

Just a reminder that the first episode of Luther series 2 is on BBC1 tonight. I will hopefully post some comments on the episode after seeing it.

Monday, 6 June 2011

The Guardian Radio review: Flare Path

Today's Guardian newspaper has a review of a radio play that features Ruth in the cast.

The Terence Rattigan season, which celebrates the centenary of the playwright's birth, is a prospect to savour if opening drama Flare Path (Radio 3, Sunday) is anything to go by. Written in 1941, it is set in a hotel that's a temporary home to RAF bomber crews and their loved ones.

It was a great introduction for anyone new to Rattigan, and in that sense a fine starting point. Jeremy Herrin's direction captured the play's warmth and understanding of these variously strained lives unfolding in the unique context of war. Rattigan doesn't pass judgment on his characters, even Patricia (Ruth Wilson) and her lover, Hollywood actor Peter (Rupert Penry-Jones), who intend to declare their feelings to her RAF pilot husband Teddy (Rory Kinnear) and leave. Instead of judging, Rattigan quietly tilts his characters away from that seeming possible.

The excellent ensemble cast relished the collision of closed worlds – the movies (everyone asks Peter if he knows any famous names) and the RAF, with its slang and lingo – where everyone, to an extent, is acting. There were terrifically moving moments, such as Penry-Jones reading a letter from a husband who is presumed dead to his wife (Doris, superbly played by Monica Dolan), but mostly just a sense of characters stoically adjusting to realities, written in cracking, sharp lines that always feel true.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Luther series 2 broadcast date

Just a quick note to say that Luther returns to BBC1 on Tuesday 14 June 2011

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Ruth Wilson: 'I'm drawn to damaged characters'

It looks like today's Observer newspaper had an article on Ruth. It includes the welcome news that Luther will be back on our screens in June.

Before Ruth Wilson inhabits a character on stage or screen, she likes to research the role in depth to figure out what makes her tick. Faced with playing Alice Morgan in the cop series Luther (which premiered last year on BBC1 and returns for a second series next month), she watched the Hannibal Lecter films and read the philosopher John Gray's bleak account of human nature, Straw Dogs.

"I'm drawn to damaged, complicated characters," Wilson, 29, tells me over coffee at the National theatre. She's not kidding. Alice Morgan is a psychotic physicist who murders her parents at the start of Luther and views human relations in terms of energy transfer and dark matter – although there is more chemistry than physics in her relationship with Idris Elba's eponymous detective, to whom she unexpectedly warms during the first series. "What really excites me is the unknown," Wilson says, "and getting to grips with something you have no idea about."

She's also appearing this summer in a Donmar production of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, as a prostitute who embarks on a sea voyage with her estranged father. To prepare for the title role, Wilson travelled to Minnesota, at her own expense, "to get Anna's accent, but also to research the area where she's from. I spent two days digging up information in a library and talking to professors," she says, with the enthusiasm of a history student – which she was, before training as an actor at Lamda. "I felt like a kid in a sweet shop."

Wilson is amiable in conversation – her long, dramatic mouth curves easily into a mischievous smile – but she has had to fight hard for good parts. "My remit has always been: I want to do something different from the last thing I've done." She made her breakthrough playing Jane Eyre in a 2006 BBC mini-series opposite Toby Stephens. Then she was Stella to Rachel Weisz's Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar (winning herself an Olivier). She rubbed shoulders with Ian McKellen on an American TV remake of The Prisoner and her co-star in Anna Christie is Jude Law. Does proximity to so much fame make her head spin? "Not really," she shrugs. "I don't hold much store by it. I end up teasing them a bit."

She concedes that she was excited to work with Idris Elba. "I loved The Wire and I thought: wouldn't it be great to work with Stringer Bell. A year later I was pinching myself." At their first read-through, Elba told her how much he loved her in Jane Eyre and she immediately called his bluff: "You never watched Jane Eyre!" She had "enormous fun" doing Luther, but would like to try something different now. "My parents are desperate, they keep saying: 'Please stop doing these angsty roles; make it easier for us.' So, yeah, I'd love to do some comedy." Given her versatility, and that mischievous grin, it sounds like an idea worth encouraging.

• Luther returns to BBC1 in early June.


Monday, 2 May 2011

Luther and Ruth in new BBC drama trailer

Not much to report, except that today on the BBC I caught a glimpse of a trailer for some of their upcoming dramas. Included in the mix was the new series of Luther and I'm pleased to report I spotted Ruth. Looks like Alice returns to cause more mischief! Look out for her about 44 seconds in...

Friday, 22 April 2011

Ruth in 'You Want Me To Kill Him?,

The Daily Mail reports that Ruth Wilson will appear in a movie You Want Me To Kill Him?, based on the true story of a young man who hacks into an Internet site and becomes embroiled in a murder.


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Daily Telegraph interview - Ruth Wilson: a dame in waiting

The Daily Telegraph has an interview with Ruth Wilson with a subtitle referencing 'those mesmerising eyebrows'. The main focus is on her upcoming play Anna Christie.

On the mantelpiece in Ruth Wilson’s south London flat, alongside an empty bottle of champagne and a black-and-white photograph of her brother in British Army uniform, there is an arrangement of model figures, miniature ones. They appear to be a press scrum, some holding out microphones, others taking photographs, and they are forming a semicircle around an empty space. As if the subject of their attention has simply vanished.

I mean to ask her about them, but she has disappeared herself. That seems to be her way. Not vague exactly − she is known for the intelligence of her theatrical performances − but a little distracted. She talks quickly and describes herself as a bit messy.

“It’s how you prioritise in life. Cleaning isn’t all that interesting to me. I’m disorganised. I do things on a whim.”

You can read the whole interview at

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Ruth in Times Magazine Theater issue

A photo of Ruth Wilson, along with Gina McKee, was included in the Times Magazine's British Theater feature on 12 March 2011. Here's the scan.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Ruth Wilson at Milan Fashion Week

It looks like Ruth Wilson is at Milan Fashion Week. Some photos have appeared on Zimbio...

Source :

Friday, 28 January 2011

Ruth at Birds Eye Film Festival photos

I spotted these photos of Ruth looking very cute in a hat and thought I should stick them on the blog.

(I'm not sure what happened between photos 1 and 2 to warrant a leg cast and walking stick!)

The caption reads "Ruth Wilson attends the launch of the 7th annual Birds Eye View Film Festival 2011 held at The Century Club on January 25, 2011 in London, England."


Saturday, 15 January 2011

Ruth Wilson to return to Donmar in "Anna Christie"

Ruth Wilson will be returning to the Donmar to start in Anna Christie this summer.

Jude Law has signed up to return to the London stage this summer ­following his triumph in Hamlet for the Donmar in the West End and on Broadway.

The Oscar-nominated actor will star with award-winning Ruth Wilson in American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s ferocious drama Anna Christie, about a battered young woman.

After becoming a prostitute — and being raped by a cousin when she was a teenager — Anna finds redemption and, perhaps, love with Mat, who is described as handsome ‘in a hard, ­defiant way’, and who works as a stoker on a canal barge.

Law will play the powerful, broad-chested Mat opposite Ruth, who won a best-supporting actress Olivier Award for her role as Stella alongside Rachel Weisz’s Blanche in the Donmar ­Theatre’s A Streetcar Named Desire production 18 months ago.

Rob Ashford directed Streetcar and he will also stage Anna Christie at the Donmar, with performances starting on August 4 and an official opening on August 9. The production will have an extended run until October 8.