Mrs. Wilson is a daunting family drama that is based on real-life events. Featuring Ruth Wilson as the protagonist — who also has executive produced it — this 3-part mini-series aired on BBC One on November 27, 2018, in the UK. It premiered on PBS Masterpiece for the US audience on March 31, 2019. The show features Richard Laxton as the director and Neil Blair, Rebecca Eaton, Ruth Kenley-Letts, and Lucy Richer as the executive producers, and Jackie Larkin as the producer.
Mrs. Wilson Cast: Who is in it?
Golden Globe winner and Olivier Award recipient Ruth Wilson — an acclaimed English actress — stars as Alison Wilson in this series. She is best known for her performances in Anna Christie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Jane Eyre, Luther, The Affair, The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Dark River.
Iain Glenn features as Alec Wilson. He is a Scottish actor widely recognized for his portrayals of Dr. Alexander Isaacs in the Resident Evil franchise and Ser Jorah Mormont in the Game of Thrones series.
Indian actor Anupam Kher — recipient of multiple Filmfare Awards and National Film Awards –enacts the character of Shahbaz Kareem. Other actors in lead roles are Otto Farrant as Nigel Wilson, Calam Lynch as Gordon Wilson, Fiona Shaw as Coleman, and Keeley Hawes as Dorothy Wick.
Mrs. Wilson Plot: What is it about?
The plot of Mrs. Wilson is adapted from the memoir of Ruth Wilson’s grandmother, namely Alison Wilson. At the beginning of the story itself, we are introduced to Alison and her husband Alexander aka Alec — a novelist and a spy — who are in a devoted marriage from the last 22 years. The couple met while they were working in the secret service during World War II. However, one day, when Alec suddenly dies of a heart attack, the grieving widow is met by several shocking secrets — which starts to unravel after her husband’s death. She comes to know that she was not the only wife of Alec and that Alec had other children apart from their two sons.
Mrs. Wilson takes us to the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s London and 1930s India, where Alison’s quest to prove the validity of her marriage, makes her encounter several disturbing secrets. She uncovers a murky past where she discovers that her late husband was not only repeatedly telling her lies but also had four wives and seven children. He had not divorced any of them and kept each family unaware about the existence of the other. But why? MI5 and MI6 would not release the case-sensitive records and therefore, no one knows why he did that — for love or as a part of his job. Whatever the reason was, the secrets perished with Alec’s death.