DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton is to headline an ITV series about the last woman to hang in the UK.
Boynton will play Ruth Ellis, a nightclub hostess who was hanged at the age of 28 after fatally shooting her abusive lover David Blakely. Famous hangman Albert Pierrepoint carried out the death sentence at Holloway Prison in 1955.
The four-part series is made by ITV Studios-backed Vera producer Silverprint Pictures. It is written by Kelly Jones (The Long Call, Des) and based on Carol Ann Lee’s biography A Fine Day for Hanging: The Real Ruth Ellis Story.
Ruth is told over two parallel timelines, with one half of the story following Ellis’ entry into a dizzying upper-class London and her ultimate downfall. The other follows John Bickford, Ellis’ lawyer, as he unravels secret truths about the case that remained hidden for decades.
Kate Bartlett and Antonia Gordon are the Executive Producers for Silverprint. Angie Daniell is the Producer and Lee Haven Jones (Passenger) directs. Ruth was commissioned for ITV by Polly Hill and Huw Kennair Jones. The series is produced in association with ITV Studios, which will handle global distribution.
Bartlett said Ellis’ story was “intoxicating, fascinating and resonant.” Kennair Jones added: “Kelly’s scripts brilliantly explore not only how the emotional and physical abuse she suffered drove her to commit a terrible crime but also the desperate last-minute attempt to save her as she and her supporters battled an unforgiving establishment.”
Boynton most recently appeared in ITV’s three-part adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?. Her other credits include The Ipcress File and Chevalier.
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Before we even start our interview, Lucy Boynton is apologizing. Not only is she sorry for delaying our chat by one day, but also for taking an urgent (and very short) personal call midway through. Both interruptions are so minor that they don’t even make a blip in the day-to-day rescheduling customary to modern life, but the kindness and genuine consideration emanating from across the pond stops me in my tracks. The fact that Boynton is so lovely in real life makes her frequent portrayals of ice queens all the more dazzling. They couldn’t be further from Boynton’s real-life character.
The actress has big shoes to fill playing Marie Antoinette in her new film, ‘Chevalier,’ but the skilled star is more than prepared for the task
Whether you’re a fan of Lucy Boynton from her appearances in projects like Bohemian Rhapsody and Ryan Murphy’s The Politician or have photos of her avant-garde red carpet beauty looks saved on Pinterest boards, the actress has a certain way of standing out — no matter which stars surround her. She’s steadily worked since her first role at the age of 12 in the 2006 film Miss Potter, and yet, she’s managed to stay out of the headlines and have attention focused solely on one thing: her work.
So who is the real Lucy Boynton? While she says she thinks of show business as her “job” rather than her “entire identity,” the schedule of an actor means a typical day doesn’t really exist. “Because of this job, it gets you into a strange momentum,” Boynton, 29, tells GRAZIA USA. Currently, for instance, she’s in a “really odd jetlag space” and waking up at 3:00 a.m. “I’ll sit up and read in bed or watch something,” the star says. “Being up at an hour where very few other people are awake has been so cathartic and peaceful and it feels like I’m getting a jump start on my day, but privately, and so that has been a really lovely habit to get into.”
Time off for Boynton includes taking trips home to her native London and catching up on all the things she’s missed while on set. She also values hanging out with friends and family and creating “some semblance of a routine and integrating myself back into my life.” She may even pop by an art class. “I really, really love pottery painting, especially those evenings where you can bring a bottle of wine,” she shares. “I have an embarrassment of a collection of painted bowls and mugs, but it’s so cathartic and fun.”