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Ruth Wilson

Ruth Wilson is an English Actress mostly famous for playing mistress Alison Lockhart in ‘The Affair’. Ruth Wilson is also a 2-time Olivier Award winner and Golden Globe Award winner.

Early Life and Education

Ruth Wilson was born on the 13th of January 1982, in Ashford, Surrey, England. As of now, she is 42 years old. She was born to parents Mary Metson and Nigel Wilson. Her father was an investment banker while her mother was a probation officer.  She is the youngest child among 4 children and the only daughter in the family.

Ruth has three older brothers-Tobias “Toby” Wilson, Samuel “Sam” Wilson (a BBC journalist), and Matthew Wilson. Ruth enrolled all-girls Catholic school, Notre Dame School, in Cobham, Surrey for her elementary education. She attended the Esher College in Elmbridge borough from sixth. She also modeled as a teenager.

After finishing school, she enrolled at the University of Nottingham, where she studied history. She graduated from the University in 2003. While at the University of Nottingham, she was also involved in student drama at the Nottingham New Theatre.

After graduating from the University of Nottingham, she studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art(LAMDA). She graduated from LAMDA in July 2005. Ruth also participated in the TV war strategy game Time Commanders, helping her teammates fight in the Battle of Pharsalus during her time in Nottingham. She went on to co-found Hush Productions after that.

Ruth Wilson – Professional Life

In 2003, Ruth made her first television debut as herself on the game program Time Commanders. But She had only one professional screen credit in Suburban Shootout before Jane Eyre where she played a lead role. She featured in four episodes of the show, earning her accolades for various honors such as Best Actress at the British Academy Television Awards, Golden Globe Awards, and Satellite Awards. In 2007, Ruth Wilson played Young Mary in the British television film ‘Capturing Mary’. She also appeared in various other TV shows such as Luther, The Affair, His Dark Materials, Oslo, and many more.

Ruth played Alison Bailey in the TV series The Affair, created by Sarah Treem and Hagai Levi in 2014. She played the role of a troubled young woman with a dark past who gets involved with a married man named Noah Solloway (Dominic West). The show also starred Maura Tierney and Joshua Jackson. The Affair was a hit show among viewers and critics.

In January 2015, Wilson won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama for her performance in the show. She left the show in 2018 after four seasons. Her reasons for leaving the show were due to “frustrations with the nudity required of her, conflict with Treem over the development of her character, and what she ultimately felt was a ‘hostile work atmosphere’.

Film Debut

In 2012, Ruth Wilson made her professional acting debut as Princess Betsy in the British historical love drama ‘Anna Karenina’. She has acted in many films such as The Lone Ranger (2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Suite Française (2015), Locke (2013), I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016), and Dark River (2017) and many more. 


Despite her on-screen success, Wilson enjoys returning to her theatre origins. She has been in several productions, including Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire in 2009, Anna Christie alongside Jude Law in 2011, Constellations with Jake Gyllenhaal in 2015, and a titular role in Patrick Marber’s Hedda Gabler in 2017. Her latest works include The Things About Me, His Dark Materials, and Oslo.

Ruth and her castmate Andrew Scott of oslo

Caption: Ruth with her castmate Andrew Scott of Oslo in an event Source: dynamics-of-an-asteroid-Tumblr

Ruth Wilson – Personal Life

The actress is very private about her personal life. She tries to keep her dating life out of the media’s eyes. She is currently single. Ruth was in a relationship with fellow English actor Jude Law from 2012 to 2014. There was a rumor about her dating Jake Gyllenhaal. They were seen together holding hands on a red carpet. There is no confirmation on whether they dated or not.

She was also rumored of dating her co-star Joshua Jackson from The Affairin 2016 after they were seen on an eight-hour-long date at an East Village diner.

Ruth Wilson – Body Measurements

Ruth Wilson has a height of 5 feet 6 inches and she weighs 55kg. Wilson has brown hair and her eyes are blue. Wilson’s body measurements are 33-24-34 inches. Her Bra size is 32A.

Social Media

Ruth isn’t active on any social media platform. She tries to stay away from the media as she leads a very private life.

Net Worth 2024

Ruth accumulated her wealth from her acting career. Her total net worth is $7 million.