- 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.
- 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Winner
- 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
- 2015, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
- 2017, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
- 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
- 2019, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- 2019, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
- Sam — Brother
- Nigel Wilson — Father
- Matthew — Brother
- Toby — Brother
- Alexander Wilson — Grandfather
- Mary Wilson — Mother
- University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Enlgand (BA in History, 2003)
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