Ruth Wilson is an English actress, and is a two-time Olivier Award winner, and a BAFTA and Golden Globe nominee. She is known for her performances in Jane Eyre (2006), Small Island (2009), and as "Alice Morgan" in the BBC TV psychological crime drama Luther (2010-2013). She has also appeared in Anna Karenia (2012), The Lone Ranger (2013), and Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
Wilson was born in Ashford, Kent, the daughter of Mary, a probation officer, and Nigel Wilson, an investment banker. She has three older brothers, and is the granddaughter of novelist and MI6 officer Alexander Wilson and his third wife, Alison (McKelvie). She grew up in Shepperton, Surrey, and was raised Catholic.
Wilson attended Notre Dame School in Cobham, before attending sixth form at Esher College. As a teenager, she worked as a model, and went on to study history at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2003. While at Nottingham, she was also involved in student drama at the New Theatre. She graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in July 2005. Afterwards, she co-founded Hush Productions. During her time at Nottingham, she participated in the TV war strategy game Time Commanders, helping her teammates fight in the Battle of Pharsalus.
Wilson's threatre credits include; Gorky's Phillistines, playing Tanya, at the National from May until August 2007; from 23 July to 3 October 2009, she appeared as Stella in the Donmar revival of A Streetcar Named Desire; and from 4 August to 8 October 2011, she starred in the title role of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Cristie at the Donmar Warehouse.
Other projects include a guest appearance in the sitcom Freezing as "Alison Fennel"; narration of the documentary The Polish Ambulance Murders; and the portrayal of a mentally ill doctor in the dramatised documentary The Doctor Who Hears Voices.