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peta_wilson-nudeBirth Name:               Peta Gia Wilson

Birth Date:                 November 18, 1970

Birth Place:                Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Parents:                      Darcy Wilson

Karlene White-Wilson

Sibling:                        Rob Wilson

Son:                            Marlowe Harris

Height:                       5′ 10″ (1.78 m)

 

Biography

Peta Gia Wilson  is an Australian actress and model. She is best known as Nikita in the television series La Femme Nikita.

 

Early Life

 

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. Being raised in a military family, Wilson’s family moved a dozen times before she was 13. She was raised in Papau, New Guinea.  It was there that Peta developed her initial interest in performing, though at the time it was merely for entertainment’s sake, as there was no television or radio in their living quarters.

 

As she moved around, sports were Wilson’s calling card. In high school, she became the youngest member and “best player” of the Australian national netball team.  She was also an accomplished sailor, having been named Australian Champion Trailer Sailors along with her brother and father.

 

Her mother enrolled her into deportment classes in attempts to discourage the more tomboyish traits that accompanied Wilson’s fondness for sports. It was during these courses that Wilson was spotted by a modeling agent who encouraged her to consider a career on the catwalk.

 

Career

 

Wilson worked first as a model in Australia and in Europe.  She worked as a model for several years and suffered from an eating disorder; she soon grew tired of modeling and decided to try her hand at acting.

Peta 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 and after her first role in Fool For Love, an Actors Circle Theater production, 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.

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.

With her distinctive voice, ultra-intense eyes and statuesque frame, Peta Wilson probably could have carried La Femme Nikita on looks alone. Such was television in 1997. But when viewers realized that this killer-with-a-killer body could actually act, the show became the highest-rated drama on cable. Indeed “La Femme Nikita” was yet more proof that an inexpensively produced series could bypass the traditional TV networks and still make lots of money if it had something special to offer. In this case, Peta Wilson was that “something special.” Producer Joel Surnow, who later went on to produce “24,” said watching Peta Wilson as “Nikita” was “like watching lightning in a jar.” She beat out 200 actors for the role patterned after the female assassin “Nikita” in the dark French film by Luc Bresson. What set her apart from the pack were her ideas on what the Anglo version of the broody French killer should be like. In order to grab and hold an American television audience for the long term, “Nikita” had to become a very different person, Peta told the production team. Her version of “Nikita,” the drop-dead-gorgeous killer with a heart of gold, not only clicked with viewers but transcended the show and has been copied in film and TV ever since.

Unfortunately, even Wilson could not keep “Nikita” afloat, when changes at USA shifted the network’s attention to more lucrative programming like professional wrestling. The show was unceremoniously cancelled in 2000. A massive fan protest brought “Nikita” back for a truncated season of eight episodes, but Wilson, who had relocated to New York in 1999 with her boyfriend, director Damian Harris, was already planning her next career moves.

The 2000 film “Mercy,” directed by Harris, should have propelled Wilson into the movie major leagues. A steamy erotic thriller with Ellen Barkin as a homicide detective whose investigation into a string of brutal murders brings her in contact with a kinky lesbian domme (Wilson), simply suffered from poor distribution.

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.

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). “Superman Returns” (2006), “Gardens of the Night” (2008) and “Beautiful” (2009) kept her on track.

Personal Life

 

Wilson lived with her long-time boyfriend Damian Harris from the mid-1990s until their separation in 2002. They are the parents of one son, Marlowe Harris, who was born in February 2002.

 

Peta enjoys outdoor activities such as scuba diving, swimming, playing cricket, and gardening, and engages in alternative medicine like yoga and acupuncture.

Peta also funds causes that are important to her; she is presently working on founding a Julliard for disadvantaged children, and is raising money with her company, Psycht, which sells sunglasses, running shoes, watches, and other accessories. Peta has also founded a production company called Sweet Lick Productions.

 

Filmography

 

2012    The Finder (TV series)
Pope

 

2010    CSI: Miami (TV series)
Amanda

2009    Malibu Shark Attack (TV movie)
Heather

 

2009/I Beautiful
Sherrie

 

2008    Gardens of the Night
Sarah

 

2006    Two Twisted (TV series)
Mischa Sparkle

 

2006    Superman Returns
Bobbie-Faye

 

2005    Jonny Zero (TV series)
Aly

 

2004    False Pretenses (TV movie)
Dianne/Dee Dee

 

2003    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Mina Harker

 

2002    Joe and Max (TV movie)
Anny Ondra

 

1997-2001 La Femme Nikita (TV series)
Nikita

 

2001    A Girl Thing (TV movie)
Alex

 

2001    Other People (TV movie)
Harriet Stone

 

2000    Mercy
Vickie Kittrie

 

1998    The Sadness of Sex
Girl of His Dreams

 

1997    Oddville, MTV (TV series)

 

1997    One of Our Own
Cpl. Jennifer Vaughn

 

1997    Vanishing Point (TV movie)
Motorcycle girl

 

1996    Highlander (TV series)
Inspector

 

1996    Woman Undone (TV movie)
Receptionist

 

1996    Strangers (TV series)
Martha

 

1996    Loser
Alyssha Rourke

 

1995    Naked Jane

Awards and Nominations

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

2004

Got nomination for Saturn Award
category Best Supporting Actress for The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

1998

Got nomination for Saturn Award
category Best Genre TV Actress for La Femme Nikita (1997)

Gemini Awards

1999

Got nomination for Gemini Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role (for episode “Cat and Mouse”) for La Femme Nikita (1997)

1998

Got nomination for Gemini Award
category Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for La Femme Nikita (1997)

 

Trivia

  • Peta meditates, practices yoga, gets acupuncture and takes all kinds of alternative medicines to keep her body in balance.
  • At age 17, she had a year-long battle with anorexia.
  • In 1999, moved into a Brooklyn Heights, New York, apartment building, which also includes co-op owners such as producer Andrew S. Karsch and O.J. Simpson’s former attorney Barry Scheck.
  • Was a model in Europe.
  • Enjoys scuba diving, horseback riding, swimming, cricket, painting and gardening
  • Attended an all-girls Catholic school in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
  • Appeared in underwear along with Yasmine Bleeth, Alyssa Milano, Melissa Joan Hart, Garcelle Beauvais, Carmen Electra, Jamie Luner, and Jeri Ryan on the cover of, and inside, the October 1997 issue of “Details” magazine.
  • Replaced Monica Bellucci as Mina Harker in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
  • She collects vintage cars, and owns a 56 T-bird, a 58 Chevrolet Impala convertible and a 38 Dodge.
  • She decided she wanted to be an actress when she saw Liza Minnelli in the film Cabaret.
  • She had just signed on as a series regular for the 2005 Fox series Jonny Zero when news broke that it had been cancelled. She played a deadly hitwoman on the show.
  • She posed nude for Playboy in July 2004.
  • Peta has her own production company called Sweet Lips Productions, which disbanded in 2002.

Quotes

  • If you’re going to be sexy in a photo, you’d better be thinking about sex rather than about being sexy.
  • (On auditioning for La Femme Nikita) I sort of thought to myself, “I would never let my children watch a character that’s a drug addict cop-killer.” You know, how can someone respect that? Admire? How can you let your kids watch that. So it was my idea that she was a street kid. You know, I told the producers I think it’s better that she’s a victim of circumstance, a street kid, if you wanna do a TV series out of her.
  • (On Nikita) I think Nikita’s a very realistic hero. I mean she’s also totally out there and far-fetched but she’s very much a modern woman. She’s not a little girl.
  • (On preparing for her role as Mina Harker in “The League of Extradordinary Gentlemen”) I read all about Dracula, and then I watched Nosferatu. And then I read anything I could find on vampires. I searched the Internet and went on strange websites. I read about David Icke, the guy that writes all these weird theories and took me to this word of reptilians. I kind of got tripped out by the ideas that royal families have been vampiric, especially the ones in Eastern Europe. They used to think that bathing themselves in human blood would keep them young. So I looked at the narcissism of all that, that insatiable hunger for something.
  • (On what superpower she would like to have) I’d like to have psychic abilities, so I can forsee what is happening. But I would also like the ability to change people’s thinking. That would be my psychic ability.
  • I don’t buy fur coats or jewelry. I have old cars.
  • I never say no.
  • I personally prefer being a blonde, but whatever it takes for the character.
  • I was scared of the dark. Ohhhh, I’d do anything not to have to sleep on my own. I’d get in bed and cover myself with dolls and teddy bears.
  • I’m actually quite conservative.
  • I’m crazy about my father, he’s an amazing man, a real adventurer. He took us with him to travel all over the world. We were in places that were so remote, that white people hardly ever reach them.
  • I’m the Magoo of actresses, very accident-prone.
  • I’ve made a lot of grown men cry with laughter, because I really am quite the joke.
  • You can shave my head if you need to; it doesn’t bother me.
  • My future Plans – Marriage, a villa and 10 kids.
  • I was anorexic-bulimic when I was 16-17. It was a top secret that time, but these things always are.
  • I really want to see Israel. I would like to come and to express my support in the peace process there, and help the war orphans.
  • The boys were so nervous – they were shaking in their shoes. I was like: “Why?” and they said it was because he was Connery and they were all such young actors. If I’d been working with Katherine Hepburn I’d probably have felt really nervous.
  • Well, there are questions. I brought those questions up. I’m not full vampire. I’m half vampire, half human. Dracula loved me and he spared me and he put enough blood in my vein that I’ve got it in me but it doesn’t overtake me as it does real vampires. It overtakes in moments when I get emotional. The questions about the sunrise, all those things, they’re questions you should ask the director. I addressed them with him and they were sort of a can of worms that we just had to work with.
  • Dracula is dead, so obviously they couldn’t use him and so Mina is the closest thing. But she’s not your typical vampire. She’s half and half. She’s really conflicted about it. Alan Moore thought that she was strong enough to include her in his comics though.
  • That’s a great idea. It’s just a shame that they are making it right now with Halle Berry – I would have been a much better Catwoman. But that’s okay I’m a good Mina. Something else will come up – maybe I can be Panther Girl.

 

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