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.
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“Blimey,” Stephen Balderson wrote on Twitter. “I never realised this was a true story and now I find out Ruth Wilson is playing her own grandmother.”
Blimey. I never realised this was a true story and now I find out Ruth Wilson is playing her own grandmother! #MrsWilson
— stephen balderson (@stevebaldie) November 28, 2018
Amber Jackson added, “Mrs Wilson is such an incredible story of deception, falsification and intrigue. It’s truly unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – and the fact that this is one huge, true story about one man’s actions is mind-blowing! Can’t wait to see more.”
#MrsWilson is such an incredible story of deception, falsification and intrigue. It's truly unlike anything I've ever seen before – and the fact that this is one huge, true story about one man's actions is mind-blowing! Can't wait to see more ????
— Amber Jackson (@amberoceana23) November 27, 2018
Actress Ruth Wilson never met her grandfather in person, as he died of a heart attack almost two decades before she was born.
I really enjoyed #MrsWilson– incredible to know it is a true story.
— Jenny M (@abbyaug) November 27, 2018
However, her grandmother Alison Wilson wrote a memoir about her life with Alec in two parts, which she gave to her children and grandchildren when Ruth was a teenager.
One part was to be read in her lifetime, and one to be read after her death which came in 2005.
The new three-part series #MrsWilson on BBCOne is excellent and based on an extraordinary true story with the actress Ruth Wilson playing her real-life grandmother Alison Wilson. And #Cobh woman #FionaShaw is outstanding as MI6 boss, Coleman.
— John Finn ???????? ???????? (@carrigman) November 27, 2018
She writes of the realisation that her husband was “one vast lie. He had not only died, he had evaporated into nothing. He had destroyed himself, there was nothing left but a heap of ashes. My love was reduced to a heap of ashes.”
This article was originally published on 28 November 2018