10 August 2010
8 August 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 07: Actress Ruth Wilson speaks during the 'Luther' panel during the BBC America portion of the 2010 Summer TCA press tour held at the Beverly Hilton on August 7, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.
It seems Luther will be on BBC America from 10 November 2010.
14 June 2010
Here's a couple of new Ruth Wilson articles. First from the Guardian website...
Ruth Wilson is about to star in a new stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly. She plays Karin – a schizophrenic on holiday with brother, father and husband. She also played psychopathic astrophysicist Alice in BBC1's Luther.
Is madness hard to act?
I think everyone is a bit mad. Actually, I am not sure that there is such a thing as madness. But I'd like the audience to question whether Karin is mad and ask whether her "madness" might also be her place of solace or freedom. I did a documentary drama once [The Doctor Who Hears Voices] about a girl who was bipolar. In preparation, I stayed with a psychologist and met lots of his clients and learned about their different voices and how they interpreted them. I realised that what is internal seems, to them, external. It was fascinating. I saw that there is a desperation and paranoia about the pressure of keeping this hidden from the world – and this exacerbates the condition. They are constantly distracted.
You are a chameleon as an actress, with a face that keeps changing – from earthy Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire to blonde Queenie in Small Island to plain Jane Eyre, the role for which you were nominated for a Bafta. No danger of being typecast then?
Appearance matters, but you do not have to look perfect. It is better if you don't. You have to be who you are. I have just dyed my hair from red to blackish brown and look completely different now – it feels great. People cannot put a label on me – which is good.
What part would you choose to play if you could be anyone?
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
What do you do to keep sane when not working?
I run. I swim. I go to films. My holidays are usually organised at the last minute. I've just been to Costa Rica and learned to surf. It was brilliant. I also like to spend time with my family. I've got lots of nephews and nieces.
I know you are close to your brother, Matt. Wasn't he fighting in Afghanistan?
He went there two years ago. As a family, it was really tough. My brother saw a friend of his die there. He was in the Territorial Army but had to join the regular army – the paratroopers. The equipment was useless. They had one helicopter. It was a nightmare. I have a big issue with the government about this. We should not be fighting wars we have not got the resources to fight. My brother returned deeply disheartened. Whenever I think of my brother, it stops me being self-indulgent about my career – at least I am not going to get shot.
And second here's an article with slightly different subject matter from the Telegraph:
Hailed as Britain's brightest new star in Hollywood, Alice Eve has, though, won only disdain from one of her British peers.
Ruth Wilson, who appeared to great acclaim in a BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre, has criticised the 28-year-old daughter of the actors Trevor Eve and Sharon Maughan for exposing herself in Sex and the City 2, in which she plays a bra-less nanny.
“I wouldn’t want to be like her,” Wilson said at the Evian-sponsored Bafta television awards in London. “She has been all quiet here and then she suddenly pops up in Sex and the City and gets her t––– out.
“In her scenes, she runs towards the girls and her t––– are flopping about everywhere, and there’s another where her T-shirt gets wet and it goes see-through, showing everything.
“I would never do any nudity in a film. Why would I need to? It’s gratuitous and unnecessary. You don’t need to get naked to be recognised."
The Olivier award-winning actress, 28, plans to pursue a film career after completing her run in Through a Glass Darkly at the Almeida theatre in the capital.
She adds of Sex and the City 2: “It is a grotesque movie made by men for women; I don’t get why girls like it. Those four characters are rancid. You won’t find me doing a movie like that. I would rather go for more intelligent parts.”
Here's a gratuitous photo of Alice Eve.
2 June 2010
Today's Telegraph newspaper has an interview with Ruth Wilson focusing mostly on the ongoing Luther on BBC1 and the upcoming Through a Glass Darkly.
Is it possible for an actor to be too good? There was a moment when it looked that way in Luther, the current BBC One cop drama (which ends next week). Idris Elba, playing a detective with anger issues, attempted in episode one to tease a confession from Ruth Wilson’s deliciously insane physicist. Though prime suspect in the murder of her parents, you wouldn’t have guessed it from the storm of tears she prettily conjured up in the interview room. Wilson, the scene told you, is a very good actress playing a very good actress - maybe too good for such a shameless slice of high-concept hokum.
“I’ve had more positive comments about that show that I’ve had about anything I’ve done,” she says - this a slightly bruised riposte to its negative reception. ”I love the fact that it’s bold and completely unrealistic. I just loved the tongue-in-cheek element about the dialogue and thought you could have a lot of fun playing with it. It was completely different to everything I’d read before.”
And I had to include this bit aboug her hair colour:
The features in question have been framed by striking bottle-red hair ever since Wilson went out to Namibia to film The Prisoner, in which she played a doctor. “I thought, she’s a bit of an odd character, a little bit on the edge, let’s make her red. I loved it and I’ve kept it ever since.”
You can read the whole article at www.telegraph.co.uk
23 May 2010
And another Ruth Wilson article appears this weekend. This one focues on Luther, The Prisoner and her upcoming play Through a Glass Darkly.
Are you saying I might be a nutjob?” I had, in fact, been suggesting that Ruth Wilson is becoming something of a specialist at playing nutjobs. The term was a little brusque, perhaps, but, given her high-profile role as the flint-eyed psychotic Alice Morgan in BBC1’s Luther, as well as her forthcoming turn at the Almeida as an asylum-bound woman, it didn’t seem out of place. Even her Olivier-winning performance as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Donmar last year was a character surrounded by madness, if stoically unaffected herself. Some would argue there is even an element of madness in Jane Eyre, Wilson’s breakthrough television role four years ago.
Read the whole article at http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/stage/theatre/article7131150.ece
5 May 2010
Episode 1 of Luther was on BBC1 last night and seeing as Ruth Wilson was in it I made a special effort to watch it. Actually it did require a bit of extra effort as BBC1 Northern Ireland broadcast the episode almost two hours later than the rest of the country. This was because we in NI had the dubious pleasure of watching the Northern Ireland Leaders Debate.
Please note I use the words "pleasure", "leaders" and "debate" in the loosest possible sense of the words. But I digress...
On his first day back on the job Luther is given the task of investigating the murder of a husband and wife. The only witness is their daughter Alice Morgan played by Ruth Wilson.
Luther early on realises Alice must have committed the murders but he cannot prove anything. However he is sure that the chink in her armour is her intelligence and she will be too arrogant to stop letting something slip eventually. After she is released he confronts her in an attempt to try and provoke her. This in turn reveals his own arrogance at thinking he can outsmart her.
Ruth's character Alice promises to be an unwelcome presence in Luther's life in future episodes. Ruth as always is a revelation. Alice looks likes she is having too much fun and Ruth gives her a presence that puts me in mind of a cat lapping up a particularly delicious bowl of milk, especially when sparing with Luther.
To be honest not a lot happens in the first episode but I think it's very much a setting-the-scene type of episode and the series probably should be assessed as a whole. For example I wonder what Alice has in mind for the serial killer in the coma...
Writer Neil Cross wrote the following on the BBC website:
I love John Luther, naturally. But I also love unreservedly the character of Alice Morgan. In fact, on that first night out with the cast I seem to recall telling Ruth Wilson (who plays her) that in many ways I considered Alice to be the perfect woman. She looked at me, it has to be said, with a degree of horror.
Alice was a formidable role - chilly and flirtatious, murderous and vulnerable, high-minded and caustic, sometimes in the same sentence. But Ruth makes her absolutely real, and utterly riveting. There's a moment in episode four where she truly frightens me.
I was on set when Idris and Ruth filmed their first scene together. It was a spine-tingling event - but I don't think it's good for me to hang round on set, because that's just not where a writer belongs. So I made myself scarce and let them get on with their jobs.
News on the first ratings can be seen here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/may/05/tv-ratings-luther-idris-elba
PS There was also a good scene where he kicks the crap out of an innocent door.
4 May 2010
I was a little surprised to see the The Prisoner is out on DVD in the UK this week, exactly half-way through ITV1's broadcast of the six-part series. Normally TV DVD's are timed to appear the Monday after the last episode of the series has been shown.
In any case it's out there for those who can't wait to see how it all turns out. Here's the Jim Caviezel-shaped cover art:
In addition to the six episodes the DVD contains the following special features:
- Deleted scenes
- The Making of The Prisoner
- Character profiles
- The Prisoner read-through
- Jamie Campbell-Bower interviewing Ian McKellen
- Comic Con 2009: The Prisoner panel
- Inside The Prisoner
In other Ruth Wilson developments we have episode 1 of Luther on BBC1 tonight. I had assumed that Ruth was only in the first episode but looking at the Radio Times today I was very pleasantly surprised to see her name listed in episode 2's cast list. Can we hope for Ruth in all six episode I wonder? If so I give a resounding "yippee".
27 April 2010
Just two weeks ago the Radio Times contained a Ruth Wilson article for The Prisoner. Now she is on the cover of the new issue promoting the BBC's new crime drama Luther along with Idris Elba from The Wire.
Above is the cover image I scanned and I have left it extra large. Below are the interior page scans, mainly focusing on Idris Elba but Ruth gets a mention and there are a couple of photos of her. Looking typically stunning I might add.
Episode 1 of Luther is due to air on BBC1 on Tuesday 4 May 2010.
20 April 2010
The BBC Press Office website has posted some material on the upcoming six-part crime series Luther staring Idris Elba. Also appearing is Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan, who is described as "beautiful, extraordinarily intelligent and a key witness in Luther's first investigation."
Here are some Ruth quotes from the presskit on her role:
"What intrigued me about the script was the writing, which was fantastic, and the characters within it – you don't get many female roles which are evil in that sense. I was really intrigued by it, and thought it was a wonderful piece that you could have a lot of fun with."
"I try all the time to do something that's going to take me somewhere else as an actress. The parts I played, both Jane Eyre and Queenie in Small Island, there’s always an emotional drive throughout the story with those characters.
"It's been quite weird for me to play, because I'm so used to being emotionally driven by being in love with someone, or loss of something, or frightened by someone – suddenly she is this all powerful woman who doesn’t have those feelings."
You can read all of ruth's comments in the Luther presskit.
Plus you can get a glimpse of what promises to be a very different role for Ruth by watching the Luther trailer.
15 April 2010
And the build-up to The Prisoner continues. Here is a Daily Telegraph article featuring Ruth Wilson and Hayley Atwell where they discuss their experiences in Namibia making the show.
13 April 2010
The new issue of the Radio Times went on sale today and featured inside is a Ruth Wilson article to promote the first episode of The Prisoner, due for broadcast on ITV on Saturday 17 April 2010. See below for my scans. The full-page picture of Ruth turned out better than I thought it would so I left it extra big.
The article confirms that she will next be seen in Luther and the movie Cleanskin and also that she has been to Hollywood to talk to producers.
11 April 2010
This weekend's Mail on Sunday has a You magazine article titled "Why actress Ruth Wilson is our Number One". The article is obviously timed to coincide with the UK broadcast of The Prisoner next weekend.
The article also includes the following three images of Ruth looking typically smashing.
8 April 2010
Finally! Ruth's new series The Prisoner premiers On ITV1 on Saturday April 17th 2010, just over a week from now. Be seeing you!
25 March 2010
Ruth will be in the third of three EM Forster Short Stories on Radio 4 in April.
Thursday 8 April 3.30-3.45pm BBC RADIO 4
The final story, The Obelisk, read on Thursday by Ruth Wilson, tells of how a chance encounter leads an unhappily married couple to find solace in forbidden ways.
Though best known for 20th-century classic novels including A Passage To India, Where Angels Fear To Tread and Howard's End, EM Forster was also a prolific writer of short stories. In them he explored many of the themes central to his novels, including the morals and mores of the middle classes in the early 20th century and his fascination with the Mediterranean.
22 March 2010
Congrats to Ruth Wilson for winning Best Supporting Actress for her role in A Streetcar Named Desire at last night's Laurence Olivier Awards.
To celebrate here are some photos of Ruth looking deservedly happy avec gong.
Warning, the the full-size images are very large.
19 March 2010
There's word that Ruth Wilson is in talks to make a movie based on the WW2 novel Resistance.
LONDON -- Ruth Wilson and Ulrich Thomsen are in discussions to star in Amit Gupta's debut feature, "Resistance," based on Owen Sheers' World War II novel.
German-speaking Dane Thomsen, who turned heads with his performance in "Festen" and "The International," is being lined up to play the leader of a German patrol in the film.
"Resistance" is set in an alternative 1944 where Russia has fallen to Nazi Germany and the D-Day landings have failed. With Britain partly occupied by German forces, a group of Welsh villagers wake to discover that their husbands have mysteriously disappeared. Wilson, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in TV miniseries "Jane Eyre," is lined up to play a young farmer's wife whose husband is one of the missing men.
Read the complete article at www.hollywoodreporter.com
2 March 2010
Ruth Wilson will be appearing a UK-made thriller called Cleanskin:
Sean Bean, Charlotte Rampling have signed up to star in terrorist thriller Cleanskin, which is currently shooting in London.
The £1.5m film, about a secret service agent (Bean) chasing a suicide bomber (Abhin Galeya) and his terrorist cell, is being directed and produced by Hadi Hajaig for his production company UK Film Studios. Ruth Wilson and James Fox are also starring in the film.
Hajaid, who directed the 2005 film Puritan with Nick Moran, also wrote the screenplay as well as raising the finances for the project through the EIF taxbreak system.
The film, which according to Hajaid has shades of Taxi Driver and French Connection, is shooting for 6 weeks in and around London.
21 February 2010
Thanks to the ever-vigilant Barbie (via community.livejournal.com) for this Ruth Wilson flavoured news.
Ruth is one of a number of the UK's most promising young talents featured in a photoshoot in the March 2010 issue of InStyle UK magazine. I assume this is the issue currently on the shelves.
Credit to the original scanner...
12 February 2010
Ruth Wilson will be back on stage in Through A Glass Darkly according to the Daily Mail:
Michael Attenborough calls Ruth Wilson an 'anti-star' because she cares just for the work and not her vanity.
'She has no inhibitions at all,' the director said of the actress he will direct in the stage adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's 1961 best foreign language Oscar winner, Through A Glass Darkly.
It's about a woman caught between two worlds - one of reality and another of spiritual dimensions.
Her husband, father and brother use her, and her illness, for their own ends. 'They take what they need,' Attenborough noted. He will direct the production at the Almeida Theatre, with performances beginning June 10.
Ruth, who appeared with David Oyelowo and Benedict Cumberbatch in the small gem that was Small Island on BBC TV, went with Attenborough to Sweden last summer to perform in a workshop production of Through A Glass Darkly. Later in the year, Ruth will be seen opposite Idris Elba (from The Wire) in another BBC TV offering, the thriller Luther.
9 February 2010
The Olivier award nominations have been announced and the good news is that Ruth Wilson has been nominated:
The best supporting actress category was also expanded: as well as Knightley, there were nominations for Hayley Atwell in A View from the Bridge, Michelle Dockery in Burnt by the Sun, Alexandra Gilbreath for Twelfth Night, Rachel Stirling for The Priory, and Ruth Wilson for A Streetcar Named Desire.
The winners will be announced on 21 March.
Story at the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2010/feb/08/plays-musicals-olivier-awards-drama
Plus the full list of nominees: http://www.guardian.co.uk/stage/2010/feb/08/olivier-awards-nominations-full-list
9 January 2010
Broadcast magazine has picked the 20 most talented people on TV and they've obviously put some thought into it as number eight on the list is actress Ruth Wilson. Her "engaging screen presence will see her go from strength to strength", says Broadcast.
Top 20 TV entertainers in 2010 -
- Simon Cowell
- Maxine Peake
- Russell Tovey
- Ant and Dec
- Simon Bird
- Martin Clunes
- Andrew Marr
- Ruth Wilson
- Idris Elba
- Cheryl Cole
- Jamie Oliver
- David Oyelowo
- Charlie Brooker
- Miranda Hart
- Michael Portillo
- Justin Lee Collins
- Richard Hammond
- Sophie Okonedo
- David Mitchell
- Ross Kemp
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