Ruth talked about Characterisation & Improvisation, focusing on her work with Mike Leigh.

Ruth Sheen’s prolific career encompasses extensive theatre, film & television credits.

Her theatre work includes Blurred Lines and Market Boy at the National, In Basildon and Stoning Mary at the Royal Court, Leaves of Grass and An Oak Tree at Soho theatre and Mike Leigh’s It’s A Great Big Shame at Stratford East.

Television credits include Unforgotten, Midsomer Murders, Inside No 9, Call the Midwife, Poirot, Accused, Silent Witness, Fanny Hill, Doc Martin, 20,000 Street Under The Sky, Miss Marple, White Teeth, Lorna Doone, Tom Jones, Cracker, Bramwell, A Fatal Inversion and Fry and Laurie.

Her films include A Street Cat Named Bob, A Royal Night Out, Vanity Fair and Little Dorrit as well as the Mike Leigh films Mr. Turner, Another year, Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Secrets and Lies and High Hopes for which she received the European Actress of the year award in 1989.