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Viewers can't believe BBC drama Mrs Wilson is based on a true story

26 days ago   |   By Radio Times

Viewers still can't quite believe that new BBC1 drama Mrs Wilson is based on a true story - let alone that its star Ruth Wilson is playing her own grandmother.
The former Luther star created the series after discovering that her grandmother Alison had discovered that her husband Alec, an MI6 spy, secretly had four wives , none of whom knew about each other, and seven children.
Unsurprisingly, it makes for an engrossing story - and viewers are enjoying it all the more because it's based in reality.
What is the real-life story behind Ruth Wilson's new BBC drama Mrs Wilson?
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Ruth Wilson explains why she's playing her own grandmother in Mrs Wilson: “Why didn't I get someone else to do this?”

Ruth Wilson explains why she's playing her own grandmother in Mrs Wilson: “Why didn't I get someone else to do this?”

26 days ago   |   By Radio Times

As Ruth Wilson lay on a bed in a film studio, in character as her real-life grandmother, going into labour with her father, it struck her just how unusual being an actor really is.
“The whole thing was completely weird,” she reflects. “Being inside the skin of my own grandmother was extraordinary. Who gets to do that? It's very rare and I'm privileged.
“Sometimes I could just inhabit the part and pretend the script wasn't about my family, try not to see the clapperboard that said Mrs Wilson. But there were definitely moments of going, ‘What am I doing?' When you're giving birth to your...
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Mrs Wilson star Ruth Wilson on her grandad - the bigamist MI6 agent: “I wish I could have him round for dinner”

Mrs Wilson star Ruth Wilson on her grandad - the bigamist MI6 agent: “I wish I could have him round for dinner”

27 days ago   |   By Radio Times

Ruth Wilson stars as her own grandmother in new BBC drama Mrs Wilson , in which she also marries her grandfather and gives birth to her father. It was always going to be an emotional role to play - especially given that her grandfather was Alexander “Alec” Wilson, an MI6 agent and a bigamist whose life is still shrouded in mystery .
“I wish I could have him round for dinner and really put him on the spot: ‘What were you up to?'” Ruth says at a screening in London. “I wish I could meet him. I think he must have been amazingly charming, but I always believed that he must be quite sensitive...
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What is the real-life story behind Ruth Wilson's new BBC drama Mrs Wilson?

What is the real-life story behind Ruth Wilson's new BBC drama Mrs Wilson?

27 days ago   |   By Radio Times

Making and starring in a TV drama about your own family might sound a bit self-indulgent - but the real-life story behind Ruth Wilson's new series Mrs Wilson is so extraordinary that it's practically made for TV.
The three-part BBC drama introduces us to Alison Wilson and her husband, Alexander “Alec” Wilson , a novelist and a spy who she met while working at MI6 during the war.
When is Ruth Wilson's new drama Mrs Wilson on TV - and what is it about?
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