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“There is always temptation to hide away from our emotions”

In The Affair, Ruth Wilson enthrals as a grief-stricken wife, but the British actress is as level-headed as they come, and relishes deepening her exploration of the human psyche, role by role

Ruth Wilson


She may be best known for playing the tormented lover of Dominic West’s Noah Solloway in hit Showtime series The Affair, but Ruth Wilson is originally, and still, a darling of the BBC. When she was cast in the titular role of Jane Eyre in the 2006 TV adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s famed novel, The LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) graduate had almost given up on her acting ambition: ‘I’d get down to the last two or three, but I wasn’t getting the jobs. Just before Jane Eyre arrived at my door, I was depressed, wondering if it was ever going to happen for me. But then the call came from the BBC and, to me, it felt like validation for all the effort I’d put in… Finally, I had my break!’

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