Peta Wilson (born November 18, 1970) is an Australian actress and
Peta was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the daughter of Karlene (née White), a caterer, and Darcy Wilson, a former warrant officer. Peta Wilson's parents divorced in 1982. At a young age, she moved and lived a portion of her life in Papua New Guinea.
Living there without television or radio, Peta Wilson and her brother learned
to entertain themselves putting on private shows for their parents lip synching
to Liza Minnelli. This was just a hint of her budding talent to come. Her family
moved around from place to place as her father, Darcy Wilson, was in the
military special forces. She learned to adapt quickly to each place she moved
and was very well liked.
During Peta Wilson's teen years she involved herself in sports such as netball and swimming. As Peta was a very energetic young woman, her mother was concerned about her being a tomboy, and so sent her to deportment classes. While there she was spotted by a modeling agent. Her new career allowed her to live in Europe but Peta had other plans.
First working as a model in Australia and Europe, Peta Wilson moved to Los Angeles where she studied acting in 1991. She studied with people like Arthur Mendoza from The Actors Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, as well as Tom Waits at the TomKat Repertory Group. She landed small roles in independent films such as Loser and One of Our Own. But in 1996, ready to pursue her acting studies in New York, she was persuaded to audition for USA Network. She beat out 200 other actresses for the starring role in the Canadian television action series Nikita (U.S. title: La Femme Nikita) playing the role of Nikita, codenamed Josephine, a martial arts trained covert agent. The show was based on Nikita, a Luc Besson movie of the same name.
The show was a successful spring board for Peta's career in fact she received two Gemini nominations for Best Performance By An Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role.
In 2003, Peta appeared in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Sean Connery in the role of vampire Mina Harker.
Peta Wilson was featured on July 2004 issue of Playboy magazine.
In 2006, Peta Wilson appeared in the film Superman Returns as Bobbie-Faye, a spokesperson for NASA.
Peta has been living with her long-time boyfriend Damian Harris since mid-1990s. They have one child together, son Marlowe, born in February 2002.
Peta Wilson is now training in Circular Strength Training for her new movie
role with celebrity coach and martial arts champion, Scott Sonnon.
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