The star of The Affair took home the award for best actress in a TV series, drama at Sunday's ceremony

By Gabrielle Olya
Updated January 12, 2015 06:05 PM
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Sunday’s Golden Globes was a big night for The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson: She beat out Viola Davis, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies and Robin Wright to win best actress in a TV series, drama, and her show nabbed the award for best TV series, drama.

The 32-year-old Brit previously starred in Luther and Saving Mr. Banks, but it’s her role as Alison Bailey, a grieving mother who engages in an extramarital affair, that has thrust her into the spotlight.

Here are five things to know about the breakout star:

1. She’s about to star in a Broadway play – with a very well known costar.
Wilson is taking the stage opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Constellations, which is opening at Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club on Jan. 13. Though this is her Broadway debut, she is not a newcomer to the theater – she has previously received two Olivier awards (the British equivalent of a Tony).

2. She’s good friends with a fellow Globe winner.
Not only is Eddie Redmayne – who took home the award for best actor in a motion picture, drama – a pal of Wilson’s, but he’s a fan as well. “Ruth Wilson is an old friend, and she’s fantastic,” Redmayne told PEOPLE at the InStyle and Focus Features 2015 Golden Globe Nominations Party on Friday.

3. Although she stunned in a green Prada dress at the Golden Globes, she’s a tomboy at heart.
“I always wore track suits and hand-me-downs as a kid,” she told reporters in the press room on Sunday. “Beauty was not something that was high on the priority list in the Wilson household, and I value that enormously.”

4. Along with the rest of the world, she has a celebrity crush on Ryan Gosling.
“Michael Fassbender and Ryan Gosling are fit,” she told The Daily Mail in an interview. “And I rather like Guy Pearce. But my idols tend not to be actors – they are men like Thom Yorke from Radiohead or Damon Albarn.”

5. She’s classically trained as an actress.
According to The New York Times, Wilson earned an A-level certificate (the equivalent of American college prep) in drama at the University of Nottingham and a graduate degree at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

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