Who is Lydia Wilson? Find out about the Requiem and Star Trek star

Learn more about the actress garnering great reviews as Matilda Gray in the BBC's supernatural thriller Requiem.

The BBC seem to have another hit on their hands with their supernatural drama Requiem.

The six-part series focuses on the character of classical musician Matilda Gray, whose life is thrown into turmoil when her mother commits suicide without explanation.

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Heading a strong cast which includes Joel Fry, Tara Fitzgerald and Claire Rushbrook, is Lydia Wilson, who plays the troubled Matilda. Find out more about the 33-year-old here…

Who is Lydia Wilson?

Born in London in 1984 to an English father and an American mother, Lydia inherited her love of performance from her maternal grandparents, who were stage actors.

She studied English Literature at Cambridge before attending the famous Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, from where she graduated in 2009.

Her first job was a cracker – appearing at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the play The House of Special Purpose. Later stage roles included Rebecca in Terry Johnson’s play Hysteria at Hampstead, and Cate in the Olivier Award-winning Blaste’ at the Lyric, Hammersmith

In 2014 she appeared in the West End production King Charles III, playing the Duchess of Cambridge. “Trying to emulate her and walk in her shoes quite literally has been a bit of a growing-up experience,” she said at the time.

What films and TV shows has Lydia Wilson been seen in?

Lydia Wilson in Requiem. Phot credit: BBC

Lydia’s big-screen debut came with a small role in Never Let Me Go, the dystopian drama based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which starred Carey Mulligan and Kiera Knightley.

Knightley, Mulligan and Andrew Garfield were the film’s stars and having been well-received by critics, Never Let Me Go went on to garner multiple award nominations.

She followed this up with television roles in Midsomer Murders, Black Mirror (playing a kidnapped Princess), and two episodes of Misfits.

Her career took another step forward when she landed the recurring role of Mimi Morton in Ripper Street. She appeared in 12 episodes of the BBC period drama across two series.

While performing in the West End, she was spotted by the casting director of the Hollywood movie Star Trek: Beyond, winning her the role of the alien Kalara. Playing the part required four hours in the make-up chair, every day of shooting.

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What else do we need to know about Lydia Wilson?

Although she’s enjoyed acting in period pieces, she prefers modern roles. “I think the world right now is in such an urgent and strange place that I’d quite like to play contemporary characters and get among the debate rather than make nostalgic work,” she told the Evening Standard.

She told What’s On Stage she’d like to play a character created by singer Joni Mitchell. “I think ‘Blue’ is the perfect, perfect perfect album,” she explained. “The character she’d come up with for me would probably be a boy from the other side of the world.”

Though she says she was “never a Trekkie”, she enjoys reading sci-fi, with Ray Bradbury’s books being among her favourites.

Catch up on Requiem on BT TV via the BBC iPlayer app.

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