Peta Wilson

Peta Wilson

Her title role on The TV Series La Femme Nikita (1997)

Background:

“I really don’t have any fear. I feel that fear gets in the way of any kind of
growth, so I kind a look at life like, ‘Well if you don’t step forward, or jump
off the cliff, your never going fly. And if you step backwards, it’s always
going to be there, so you might as well go for it. You’ve got nothing to lose,
only to gain.” Peta Wilson

Australian-born, Papua New Guinea-raised model-turned-actress Peta Wilson gained
worldwide fame while portraying the sexy super spy Nikita in the syndicated
series “La Femme Nikita” from 1997-2001, where she received two Gemini
nominations. She also appeared in such movies as Loser (1996), One of Our Own
(1997), Mercy (2000), The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003, with Sean
Connery) and False Pretenses (2004, TV). The former model recently was featured
as a flight attendant in the newest Superman series, Superman Returns (2006,
starred Brandon Routh).

Outside the limelight, Peta is an avid supporter for several charitable
foundations. She is currently running on founding a Julliard for disadvantaged
children. The founder of a production company called Sweet Lick Productions also
raises funds with her company named Psycht, which sells accessories like running
shoes, sunglasses and watches. On more private note, the 5’ 10” actress likes
such outdoor activities as horseback riding, scuba diving, swimming, playing
cricket and gardening. She also enjoys panting, practicing yoga and meditating.
As for her love life, Peta moved into a Los Angeles apartment with
director-boyfriend Damian Harris shortly after her movement to America. After
the tie broke up, she was romantically involved with actor Russell Crowe.


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Childhood and Family:

Peta Gia Wilson was born on November 11, 1970, in Sydney, New South Wales,
Australia. Her father is Darcy Wilson, a retired warrant officer, and her mother
is Karlene Whit, a caterer. Along with her brother Rob, the self-proclaimed
“army brat,” Peta had to deal with frequent movements as a young due to her
dad’s occupation before eventually settling in Papua New Guinea, where she grew
up. As a teenager, the lively girl became highly involved in sports like
swimming, sailing and basketball. She became the youngest woman on the national
basketball team in Australia and was named Australian Champion Trailer Sailors,
with her father and brother. A tomboy girl, Peta’s mother enrolled her in a
manner course that led to a modeling career in Aussie and Europe. As for her
education life, Peta attended an all-girls Catholic school in Brisbane,
Queensland, Australia. In 1991, she moved to America to study acting with Arthur
Mendoza from The Actors Circle Theatre and Tom Waits at the Tom Kat Repertory
Group.


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Career:

“I was anorexic-bulimic when I was 16-17. It was a top secret that time, but
these things always are.” Peta Wilson

While in Papua New Guinea, Peta Wilson lived without radio and TV and used to
entertain her family by performing private shows with her brother. As she grew
older, her mother sent this tomboy girl to behavior classes, in which she was
discovered by an agent who offered her modeling career in Australia and later
Europe. She modeled extensively for several years until suffering from eating
disorder that led Peta to quit. In 1991, Peta relocated to Los Angeles to give
acting a try.

After moving, 21-year-old Peta attended drama classes under the guidance of
renowned couches Arthur Mendoza and Tom Waits. Her U.S. stage debut came with
the Actors Circle Theater production of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love,” followed
by appearances in movies The Sadness of Sex and Naked Jane (both 1995). The next
years, she had small roles in the independent film Loser and made-for-TV movies
Woman Undone (1996, as receptionist) and Vanishing Point (1997, as motorcycle
girl), as well as guest starred in “Strangers” and “Highlander” (both 1996).

However, Peta didn’t achieve major prominence until she won a lead in the
Canadian-produced television action series “La Femme Nikita” (1997-2001), based
on a Luc Besson Movie of the same name. Playing a French super spy Nikita with
the codenamed of Josephine, she was nominated for Best Performance By An Actress
in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role in two Gemini. With the role, Peta also
successfully launched the show as one of the most victorious series in America.
As “La Femme Nikita” became a worldwide hit, it helped Peta acquire her
international status.

During the four-year-successful stint, Peta also played Cpl. Jennifer Vaughn in
the indie One of Our Own (1997), made a cameo appearance in Raw is War (1997),
teamed up with her then-boyfriend/director Damian Harris in thriller Mercy
(2000, opposite Ellen Barkin and Wendy Crewson) and tuned in the supporting role
of Harriet Stone in Other People (2001, TV). Also in 2001, she was seen in a
smaller project, the mini “A Girl Thing,” where she was cast as Alex.

After the syndicated show came to an end in 2001, Peta costarred with Leonard
Roberts and Til Schweiger in the sport-themed Joe and Max (2002, TV), found
herself acting with Sean Connery in the sci-fi film The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen (2003, as vampire Mina Harker) and was cast opposite Stewart Bick in
the starring role of Dianne in the thriller False Pretenses (2004, TV). She next
had a recurring role as Aly in two episodes of “Jonny Zero” (2005) and made a
guest turn as Mischa Sparkle in an episode of “Two Twisted” (2006). Peta
returned to big screen in 2006 with a small part as flight attendant Bobbie Faye
in the Brandon Routh Superman Returns, for director Bryan Singer.


Awards:
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My future Plans - Marriage, a villa and 10 kids.More Peta Wilson quotes [10/23/2005 12:10:00]
I never say no.More Peta Wilson quotes [10/23/2005 12:10:00]
My future Plans - Marriage, a villa and 10 kids.More Peta Wilson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If youre going to be sexy in a photo, youd better be thinking about sex rather than about being sexy.More Peta Wilson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't buy fur coats or jewelry. I have old cars.More Peta Wilson quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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