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She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson

"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"

Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »

- Andrew Dickson

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