A first look image shows Lucy Boynton transforming into Ruth Ellis for a new ITV drama. She was the last woman in the United Kingdom to be hanged for her crime.
The series tells the gripping story of a nightclub manager who was hanged at the age of 28 after shooting and killing her abusive lover David Blakely.
Set in 1955 in the glamorous and heady world of London clubs, Ellis gained widespread recognition as the capital’s youngest club manager.
But her success soon unraveled when she became involved in an abusive relationship with racing driver David. At her trial for her murder, Ellis was sentenced to hang by a system that judged her for much more than her crime.
An exclusive image shows Lucy, 30, embodying Ellis’ elegance, as she sports wavy bright blonde locks that expose sparkling earrings and casually holds a lit cigarette.
Lucy Boynton is Ruth Ellis, the latest woman in the UK to be hanged, as a first image sees the star transform into the club hostess for a new ITV drama.
The star smiles with her ruby red lipstick and looks glamorous in a strapless red bustier.
On the first look at Lucy, executive producer of Silverprint Pictures, Kate Bartlett said: “Lucy Boynton is absolutely fascinating as Ruth Ellis, pictured, at the peak of her success as London’s youngest club manager.
“At age 28, her rise came to a screeching halt when she became entangled in a heady love triangle that brought death and tragedy.”
Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy said: ‘Ruth Ellis’ story is fascinating. Both she and this complex case have always provoked strong reactions.
“With Kelly’s insightful scripts, I hope to bring a new perspective to both familiar audiences and those unaware of her mark on British history.”
Ellis was hanged by the famous executioner Albert Pierrepoint at Holloway Prison.
The four-part series is described as “a compelling legal and emotional rollercoaster” and is based on Carol Ann Lee’s acclaimed biography, A Fine Day for Hang: The Real Ruth Ellis Story.
The series will tell the story of Ellis’ life as a director, her abusive relationship and her subsequent arrest, trial and the legal fight to pardon her.
The upcoming four-part series will tell the gripping story of a nightclub hostess (pictured in 1954) who was hanged at the age of 28 after shooting her abusive lover.
Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy (seen in February) said: ‘Ruth Ellis’ story is fascinating. Both she and this complex case have always provoked a strong reaction.’
‘Secret Truths’ Ruth will raise tantalizing questions about what really happened in the months before Ruth killed her lover David Blakely (pictured in 1955).
In October, brandishing a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver, Lucy recreated one of the most iconic crimes. scenes from British history in which she plays the last woman to be sent to the gallows.
Lucy was captured playing Ruth as she kills her lover, racing driver David, played by actress Laurie Davidson.
The drama’s producers decided to return to the exact spot where Ellis killed her boyfriend on April 10, 1955 to film the scene.
These photographs of Lucy and Laurie were taken outside the Magdala pub in north London, where Ellis fired five shots at Blakely, one of which ricocheted off the pavement and injured a passer-by.
With her bleached hair and red lipstick, the actress is seen walking towards Blakeley before firing the gun at point-blank range.
An ITV spokesperson said of the drama: “The powerful mystery of what compelled Ruth Ellis to take the life of the man she was in a passionate but toxic and volatile relationship with will reveal there was more to this crime of passion than Ruth realized. “I was ready.” say.
Lucy was captured playing Ruth as she kills her lover in October, racing driver David Blakely, played by actress Laurie Davidson.
Ellis was hanged by famous executioner Albert Pierrepoint at Holloway Prison, aged just 28 in 1955 (pictured in 1954).
‘Her silence and resistance to talking about what happened between her and the handsome racing driver, Blakely, is much more complex than she admitted.
“Ruth’s lawyer, John Bickford, low-status but intelligent and sensitive, begins to realize some of what she has suffered and believes they must make a case for provocation.
“With the stakes couldn’t be higher, literally life or death, Bickford begins his own investigation and uncovers details that could have saved his life if those facts had been aired in court.”