Nude Babes of Australia
Birth Date: November 18, 1970
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Parents: Darcy Wilson
Sibling: Rob Wilson
Son: Marlowe Harris
Height: 5′ 10″ (1.78 m)
Peta Gia Wilson is an Australian actress and model. She is best known as Nikita in the television series La Femme Nikita.
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.
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.
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.
2012 The Finder (TV series)
2010 CSI: Miami (TV series)
2009 Malibu Shark Attack (TV movie)
2008 Gardens of the Night
2006 Two Twisted (TV series)
2006 Superman Returns
2005 Jonny Zero (TV series)
2004 False Pretenses (TV movie)
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
2002 Joe and Max (TV movie)
1997-2001 La Femme Nikita (TV series)
2001 A Girl Thing (TV movie)
2001 Other People (TV movie)
1998 The Sadness of Sex
1997 Oddville, MTV (TV series)
1997 One of Our Own
1997 Vanishing Point (TV movie)
1996 Highlander (TV series)
1996 Woman Undone (TV movie)
1996 Strangers (TV series)
1995 Naked Jane
Awards and Nominations
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
Got nomination for Saturn Award
Got nomination for Saturn Award
Got nomination for Gemini Award
Got nomination for Gemini Award