Ruth Wilson hopes new true crime drama sparks conversation about Magdalene Laundries

NEW YORK, NY – Ruth Wilson is set to star in a new crime drama called The Woman in the Wall, which tells the story of the Magdalene Laundries, a real-life tragedy that only came to an end in 1996. The series depicts the harrowing scandal that took place in Ireland, focusing on Lorna Brady, played by Wilson, who finds a corpse in her home, setting off a chain of events that reveal the dark truth behind the Magdalene Laundries.

The Magdalene Laundries were institutions that subjected young women and children to wrongful imprisonment, forced labor, and often physical and sexual abuse. The series aims to shed light on this disturbing chapter of history, highlighting the trauma and suffering endured by the survivors of these institutions.

Ruth Wilson, who also serves as an executive producer for the series, expressed her hope that The Woman in the Wall will spark important conversations surrounding the real-life events it portrays. She emphasized the importance of raising awareness and delving into the disturbing truths of the Magdalene Laundries, which many people are still not aware of.

The show’s creator, Joe Murtagh, explained that while some elements of the series have been fictionalized, the stories depicting the struggles of the survivors are based on real experiences. He emphasized the incredible strength and willingness of the women who shared their stories to ensure that the truth is brought to light.

The series is set to premiere in the US on January 19, 2024, and will be available on Paramount+ and Showtime. With its powerful portrayal of a dark chapter in history, The Woman in the Wall aims to shine a light on the resilience and courage of the survivors while sparking important conversations about the long-lasting impact of the Magdalene Laundries.