Peta Wilson

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Peta Wilson
Peta Wilson face.jpg
BornPeta Gia Wilson
(1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 43)
Sydney
OccupationActress, model, designer
Years active1995–present
Known forNikita in La Femme Nikita
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Partner(s)Damian Harris (1997–2002)
Children1
 
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Peta Wilson
Peta Wilson face.jpg
BornPeta Gia Wilson
(1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 43)
Sydney
OccupationActress, model, designer
Years active1995–present
Known forNikita in La Femme Nikita
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Partner(s)Damian Harris (1997–2002)
Children1

Peta Gia Wilson (born 18 November 1970)[citation needed] is an Australian actress and model. She is best known as Nikita in the television series La Femme Nikita.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Wilson was born in Sydney on 18 November 1970. She is the daughter of the caterer Karlene White Wilson and Darcy Wilson, a former warrant officer in the Australian Army.[1] She spent several years in Papua New Guinea, when her father was stationed there. Her parents' marriage came to an end in 1982.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Peta Wilson with Jack Nicholson and Vladimir Putin in 2001

Wilson worked first as a model in Australia and in Europe, before she moved to Los Angeles in 1991 to study acting with Arthur Mendoza at the Actors Circle Theatre and with Tom Waits at the TomKat Repertory Group. After some education in acting, Wilson was hired for some small roles in independent films, such as in Loser and in One of Our Own. Then, in 1996, Wilson was preparing to continue her studies at an acting school in New York City, but she decided to audition first for a new television show to be produced for the USA cable TV channel in North America. From a field of just over 200 aspiring actresses who auditioned for the starring role, the new program's producers chose to offer the job to Wilson, and she accepted. This new show was called La Femme Nikita, based on the French movie Nikita. Each episode was one hour long, and the series was produced by a combination of Canadian and American companies. The show ran for five years and 96 episodes on the USA network. There were 22 episodes per season for four years, and another eight episodes in its fifth and final TV year. Most of the episodes of La Femme Nikita were filmed in and around the city of Toronto, Ontario.[citation needed]

Wilson's co-stars in this TV series were the actors Roy Dupuis, Don Francks, Alberta Watson and Eugene Robert Glazer, and for her acting in La Femme Nikita, Wilson was nominated twice for the annual Gemini Award for "Best Performance by An Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role", though she did not win.

In 2001 Wilson took part in the International Film Festival in Moscow, where she met with Russian president Vladimir Putin, who confessed to being a fan of hers.[2]

In the realm of major motion pictures, Wilson collaborated with the Scottish actor Sean Connery in 2002–3 during the production of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. She played the role of the vampire Mina Harker, and Connery played Allan Quatermain. She also portrayed real-life actress Anny Ondra in the television movie "Joe and Max" (2002).

During 2006, Wilson had a small role in the movie Superman Returns as the character "Bobbie-Faye", a spokeswoman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States.

In 2012 she launched a lingerie label named Wylie Wilson,[3] with a flagship store in Los Angeles, CA.

In 2013 she received the Best Actress Award at the Cinerockom International Film Festival for her performance as CIA spook Marla Criswell in a short called "Liberator".

Personal life[edit]

Wilson lived with her long-time boyfriend, Damian Harris, from 1997 until their separation in 2002.[1][4] They are the parents of one son, Marlowe Harris-Wilson, who was born in February 2002.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Sadness of Sex, TheThe Sadness of SexGirl of His Dreams
1995Naked JaneMarissa
1996LoserAlyssha Rourke
1997One of Our OwnCpl. Jennifer Vaughn
2000MercyVickie Kittrie
2003League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, TheThe League of Extraordinary GentlemenMina Harker
2006Superman ReturnsBobbie-Faye
2007Gardens of the NightSarah
2009BeautifulSherrie
2010Errand boyGenieShort
2011Somewhere TonightGirl with something extra(voice)

as Vera Lune

2011LiberatorMarla CriswellShort
2013Dutch KillsLadye Bishop
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996Woman UndoneReceptionistTV movie
1996StrangersMarthaEpisode: "Going Without"
1996HighlanderInspectorEpisode: "Promises"
1997Vanishing PointMotorcycle girlTV movie
1997La Femme NikitaNikita96 episodes
2001Other PeopleHarriet StoneTV pilot
2001Girl Thing, AA Girl ThingAlexMini-series
2002Joe and MaxAnny Ondra
2004False PretensesDianne/Dee DeeTV movie
2005Jonny ZeroAly2 episodes
2006Two TwistedMischa SparkleEpisode: "A Flash Exclusive"
2009Malibu Shark AttackHeatherTV movie
2010CSI: MiamiAmandaEpisode: "Sudden Death"
2012The FinderPopeEpisode: "Little Green Man"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearFilmAwardResult
1998La Femme NikitaGemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleNominated
1998La Femme NikitaSaturn Award Best Genre TV ActressNominated
1999La Femme NikitaGemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleNominated
2003The League of Extraordinary GentlemenSaturn Award Best Supporting ActressNominated

Bibliography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peta Wilson Biography (1970–).
  2. ^ "Putin's Last Love: Foreign Actress Makes Sensational Confession". RU: Pravda. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 23 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Peta Wilson Is Wylie Wilson". US: Huffington Post. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Peta Wilson Biography". petawilsonsite.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/entertainment/confidential/nikita-peta-reveals-all/story-e6fredq3-1111114381838

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