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Peta Gia Wilson
18 November 1970
|Occupation||Actress, designer, model|
|Known for||Nikita in La Femme Nikita|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Partner(s)||Damian Harris (1997–2002)|
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. She spent several years in Papua New Guinea, when her father was stationed there. Her parents' marriage came to an end in 1982.
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 five years of education in acting, Wilson was hired for some small roles in independent films, such as in Naked Jane and in Loser. 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 action thriller movie Nikita (1990).
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. Wilson's co-stars in this TV series were the actors Roy Dupuis, Don Francks, Alberta Watson and Eugene Robert Glazer. 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. She portrayed real-life actress Anny Ondra in the television movie Joe and Max (2002). She also starred as the vampire Mina Harker in the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. During 2006 she appeared on an Australian TV mystery anthology drama Two Twisted and 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 2009 she starred in an Australian independent film Beautiful. She guest starred on CSI: Miami (2010) and The Finder (2012).
In 2013, she received the Best Actress Award at the Cinerockom International Film Festival for her performance as CIA agent Marla Criswell in a short film called Liberator.
In 2012, she launched a lingerie label named Wylie Wilson, with a flagship store in Los Angeles, California.
|1995||The Sadness of Sex||Girl of His Dreams|
|1997||One of Our Own||Cpl. Jennifer Vaughn|
|2003||The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen||Mina Harker|
|2007||Gardens of the Night||Sarah|
|2011||Somewhere Tonight||Girl with something extra||Voice|
Credited as Vera Lune
|2015||Dutch Kills||Ladye Bishop|
|1996||Woman Undone||Receptionist||TV movie|
|1996||Strangers||Martha||Episode: "Going Without"|
|1997||Vanishing Point||Motorcycle girl||TV movie|
|1997||La Femme Nikita||Nikita||96 episodes|
|2001||Other People||Harriet Stone||TV pilot|
|2001||A Girl Thing||Alex||Mini-series|
|2002||Joe and Max||Anny Ondra||TV movie|
|2004||False Pretenses||Dianne/Dee Dee||TV movie|
|2005||Jonny Zero||Aly||2 episodes: "Bounty", "Diamonds & Guns"|
|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"|
|2017||Michael Hutchence: The Last Rockstar||Herself||TV documentary|
Awards and nominations
|1998||La Femme Nikita||Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Nominated|
|1998||La Femme Nikita||OFTA Television Award Best Actress in a Cable Series||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|
- 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. pp. 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. pp. 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.
- Peta Wilson Biography (1970–).
- "Peta Gia Wilson" Retrieved 17 June 2015
- "Putin's Last Love: Foreign Actress Makes Sensational Confession". RU: Pravda. 31 July 2003. Archived from the original on 7 July 2010. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
- "Peta Wilson Is Wylie Wilson". US: Huffington Post. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- "Peta Wilson Biography". petawilsonsite.com. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
- "La Femme Nikita's Peta Wilson reveals all". Archived from the original on 9 June 2012.
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