Fast Facts

  • Was inspired to be an actress by watching her brothers perform in local theaters.
  • Worked as a model in her teens.
  • Graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in 2005.
  • Got her big break in the lead role of the 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre.
  • Learned to play the piano for her stage role in Gorky's Philistines at London's National Theatre in 2007.
  • Is the granddaughter of novelist Alexander Wilson.
  • Won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Stella in a London production of A Streetcar Named Desire.


  • 2017, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Winner
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2015, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee


  • Mary Wilson — Mother
  • Nigel Wilson — Father
  • Matthew — Brother
  • Toby — Brother
  • Sam — Brother
  • Alexander Wilson — Grandfather


  • University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Enlgand (BA in History, 2003)


  • Birth Place: Ashford, Kent, England
  • Profession: Actor

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