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Ruth Wilson to play her own grandmother in new BBC drama

Ruth Wilson will also executive produce the BBC programme.

Ruth Wilson is to play her own grandmother in upcoming BBC One drama The Wilsons.

The Luther actress will be stepping into the shoes of her late relative Alison Wilson, who married British secret agent and author Alexander Wilson after meeting him while working as a secretary at intelligence organisation MI6. Set in 1930s India, where Alexander began writing spy novels, and London in the ‘40s and ‘60s, The Wilsons will focus on the period following his death when his wife discovered she wasn’t the only family in his secretive life.

Ruth, 35, will also executive produce the programme alongside Snowed-In Productions’ Ruth Kenley-Letts and Neil Blair and BBC’s Lucy Richer.

“I am so excited to bring to the small screen the extraordinary lives of my grandparents,” Ruth said in a statement. “Theirs is a profoundly moving story and the BBC is the perfect home for it.”

Alexander died of a heart attack aged 69 in 1963, leaving behind a career which saw him pen 24 novels and three academic books. It was only around 10 years ago that his descendants and various family members began organising to meet each other, with Ruth’s BBC journalist brother Sam previously detailing the impact Alexander’s secrets had on everyone involved.

On top of The Wilsons, which has yet to be given a release date, Ruth has two films due out this year (17); musical comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties opposite Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning and thriller Dark River with Sean Bean. Her hit U.S. TV show The Affair is also due to return in 2017 for a fourth series.

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