Peta Wilson

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Peta Wilson
Peta Wilson face.jpg
Born Peta Gia Wilson
(1970-11-18) 18 November 1970 (age 44)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress, model, designer
Years active 1995–present
Known for Nikita in La Femme Nikita
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Partner(s) Damian Harris (1997–2002)
Children 1

Peta Gia Wilson (born 18 November 1970)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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,[4] 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.[2][5] They are the parents of one son, Marlowe Harris-Wilson, who was born in February 2002.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1995 Sadness of Sex, TheThe Sadness of Sex Girl of His Dreams
1995 Naked Jane Marissa
1996 Loser Alyssha Rourke
1997 One of Our Own Cpl. Jennifer Vaughn
2000 Mercy Vickie Kittrie
2003 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, TheThe League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Mina Harker
2006 Superman Returns Bobbie-Faye
2007 Gardens of the Night Sarah
2009 Beautiful Sherrie
2010 Errand boy Genie Short
2011 Somewhere Tonight Girl with something extra (voice)

as Vera Lune

2011 Liberator Marla Criswell Short
2013 Dutch Kills Ladye Bishop
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Woman Undone Receptionist TV movie
1996 Strangers Martha Episode: "Going Without"
1996 Highlander Inspector Episode: "Promises"
1997 Vanishing Point Motorcycle girl TV movie
1997 La Femme Nikita Nikita 96 episodes
2001 Other People Harriet Stone TV pilot
2001 Girl Thing, AA Girl Thing Alex Mini-series
2002 Joe and Max Anny Ondra
2004 False Pretenses Dianne/Dee Dee TV movie
2005 Jonny Zero Aly 2 episodes
2006 Two Twisted Mischa Sparkle Episode: "A Flash Exclusive"
2009 Malibu Shark Attack Heather TV movie
2010 CSI: Miami Amanda Episode: "Sudden Death"
2012 The Finder Pope Episode: "Little Green Man"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Film Award Result
1998 La Femme Nikita Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Nominated
1998 La Femme Nikita Saturn Award Best Genre TV Actress Nominated
1999 La Femme Nikita Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Nominated
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress Nominated

Bibliography[edit]

  • Heyn, Christopher. "A Conversation with Peta Wilson." Inside Section One: Creating and Producing TV's La Femme Nikita. Introduction by Peta Wilson. Los Angeles: Persistence of Vision Press, 2006. 66–74. ISBN 0-9787625-0-9. In-depth conversation with Peta Wilson about her role as Nikita on La Femme Nikita, as well as her approach to acting.
  • Connolley, Dawn. "Nuthin' Fancy Luv, I'm Australian." La Femme Peta: The Unauthorized Biography of Peta Wilson. Toronto, ECW Press, 2000. 1–32. ISBN 1-55022-385-2. Unauthorized biography of Peta Wilson culled from various pre-published sources.
  • Edwards, Ted: "La Femme Nikita X-Posed: The Unauthorized Biography of Peta Wilson and Her On-Screen Character". Prima Lifestyles, 1998, ISBN 0-7615-1454-6.

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