skip navigation
Rebel Wilson

Rebel Wilson

| VIEW ALL

TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here
ADD YOUR COMMENT>

share:

TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

How to Be Single ... There's a right way to be single, a wrong way to be single, and then there's... more info $16.95was $19.98 Buy Now

The Brothers Grimsby ... A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.... more info $14.95was $19.99 Buy Now

The Brothers Grimsby ... The Brothers Grimsby (2016) Blu-ray - A new assignment forces a top spy to team... more info $16.95was $25.99 Buy Now

Small Apartments ... Trapped in a seedy LA apartment, Franklin Franklin (Matt Lucas) has a dead... more info $10.95was $14.99 Buy Now

Pitch Perfect 2 ... Pitch Perfect 2 follows the characters from Pitch Perfect, including Beca and... more info $9.95was $14.98 Buy Now

Pitch Perfect ... Arriving at her new college, Beca (Anna Kendrick) finds herself not right for... more info $11.95was $14.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Rebel Melanie Elizabeth Wilson, Melanie Elizabeth Bownds Died:
Born: Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, AU Profession:

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

A wickedly talented comedienne-actress-writer, Rebel Wilson started her career in self-penned Australian theater productions before debuting as the leader of a local girl gang, the "Fat Chick 12,"on the television series "Pizza" (SBS, 2000-07). A writer and performer on the Aussie sketch show "The Wedge" (Network Ten, 2006-07), Wilson trained with The Second City in New York and earned a bit part in "Ghost Rider" (2007) as a biker babe interviewed by Eva Mendes. After creating and starring on her own series, "Bogan Pride" (SBS, 2008), Wilson achieved an international breakthrough with a supporting comic turn in "Bridesmaids" (2011). Playing Brynn, the creepy roommate to Kristen Wiig, Wilson stole all her scenes, including a showstopper in which she shows off a free "Mexican drinking worm" tattoo and then attempts to ice it with an open bag of frozen peas. Rocketing onto the actresses-to-watch list, Wilson booked supporting roles in a slew of high-profile projects, including "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (2012), "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (2012), and "How To Be Single" (2015). Althoughher first attempt to become an American TV star, the sitcom "Super Fun Night" (ABC 2013-14), was a...

A wickedly talented comedienne-actress-writer, Rebel Wilson started her career in self-penned Australian theater productions before debuting as the leader of a local girl gang, the "Fat Chick 12,"on the television series "Pizza" (SBS, 2000-07). A writer and performer on the Aussie sketch show "The Wedge" (Network Ten, 2006-07), Wilson trained with The Second City in New York and earned a bit part in "Ghost Rider" (2007) as a biker babe interviewed by Eva Mendes. After creating and starring on her own series, "Bogan Pride" (SBS, 2008), Wilson achieved an international breakthrough with a supporting comic turn in "Bridesmaids" (2011). Playing Brynn, the creepy roommate to Kristen Wiig, Wilson stole all her scenes, including a showstopper in which she shows off a free "Mexican drinking worm" tattoo and then attempts to ice it with an open bag of frozen peas. Rocketing onto the actresses-to-watch list, Wilson booked supporting roles in a slew of high-profile projects, including "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (2012), "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (2012), and "How To Be Single" (2015). Althoughher first attempt to become an American TV star, the sitcom "Super Fun Night" (ABC 2013-14), was a poorly-rated flop, she became a major comedy star as Fat Amy in the blockbuster hit "Pitch Perfect" (2012) and its sequel "Pitch Perfect 2" (2015). Supporting roles in romatic comedy "How To Be Single" (2016) and Sacha Baron Cohen's comic thriller "Grimsby" (2016) showed her remarkable comic range. Blessed with a thoroughly unique presence and world-class comic talent, Rebel Wilson was a standout in any project she appeared in.

Born Melanie Elizabeth Bownds in Sydney, Australia, on March 2, 1980, Rebel Wilson was the daughter of professional dog showers who would ultimately name their other children Liberty, Ryot and Annachi. Liberty and Ryot would achieve their own level of fame years later by appearing on the first season of "The Amazing Race Australia" (Seven Network, 2011- ). After graduating from the University of New South Wales, Wilson traveled to South Africa for a year to serve as a Rotary International Youth Ambassador for Australia. When she contracted malaria, she had several fever-induced visions of herself as an Oscar-winning actress. When she finally recovered, Wilson took this as a sign and began pursuing acting as a career. After studying at the Australian Theatre for Young People, Wilson began to develop a reputation as a comic force to be reckoned with due to several stage productions she wrote, produced and starred in such as "The Westie Monologues" and "Confessions of an Exchange Student." She made her screen debut on the successful series "Pizza" (SBS, 2000-07), playing the demanding Toula, leader of the girl-gang the "Fat Chick 12." So successful was this project, she would appear in its "Fat Pizza" (2003) film iteration as well as in several TV specials. That same year, she won a scholarship with The Second City Training Centre and moved to New York City, which led to her also writing for and appearing on the Australian sketch comedy series "The Wedge" (Network Ten, 2006-07).

Wilson next landed a cameo in the Nicolas Cage comic book actioner "Ghost Rider" (2007) as a biker chick who gives reporter Eva Mendes a memorable interview. She saw her profile continue to rise when she was tapped to create, write and star on the Aussie series "Bogan Pride" (SBS, 2008), which followed a trashy teenager (Wilson) and her colorfully bizarre friends and family. For her role in the short "Bargain!" (2009), Wilson won a Best Actress Award from Tropfest and advanced her American career by booking a guest spot on the David Spade sitcom "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2007-13). Her global breakthrough, however, came the next year with the Judd Apatow smash "Bridesmaids" (2011). Originally reading for the character Melissa McCarthy would make her own, Wilson instead was cast as Brynn, the enormously confident and strange sister to Gil (Matt Lucas) and nightmarish roommate to Annie (Kristen Wiig). Stealing all her scenes with her off-kilter diction, timing and one-of-a-kind screen presence, Wilson earned raves for her hilarious work, which included icing her hideous "free" tattoo with frozen peas, reading Wiig's diary after mistaking it for "a very sad handwritten book," and eventually kicking Wiig out of the apartment, despite not being on the lease herself.

Although her screen time was brief, Wilson earned a massive career boost from this masterful comedic turn in what turned out to be the comedy of the year. Buoyed by her "Bridesmaids" success, the actress stepped in for Casey Wilson in "Bachelorette" (2012) and landed high-profile supporting roles in Chris Colfer's "Struck by Lightning" (2012) and the pregnancy powerhouse ensemble "What to Expect When You're Expecting" (2012), as well as lending her unique voice to the animated sequel "Ice Age: Continental Drift" (2012). Wilson went on to star alongside Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin and Brittany Snow in the surprise hit musical comedy "Pitch Perfect" (2012), directed by Jason Moore. The film focused on an all-girl a cappella group and featured Wilson as Fat Amy, the eccentric and irresponsible member of the group. With both the film and Wilson's performance being hailed by most critics, "Pitch Perfect" earned a staggering $110 million at the box office and became the second-highest grossing musical comedy of all time behind "School of Rock" (2003). Wilson stole the show once more in Michael Bay's action comedy "Pain and Gain" (2013), a real-life inspired kidnapping-gone-wrong film starring Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson. Wilson's first attempt at an American situation comedy, "Super Fun Night" (ABC 2013-14), which she created and starred in, was a critical and ratings disappointment that was canceled after its first season. After co-starring in "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" (2014), WIlson returned to the role that make her a star as Fat Amy in "Pitch Perfect 2" (2015), followed by supporting roles opposite Dakota Johnson in the romantic comedy "How To Be Single" (2016) and Sacha Baron Cohen in action comedy "Grimsby" (2016). Wilson returned to her breakout role in "Pitch Perfect 3" (2017) following a legal victory against publisher Bauer Media Group due to an article in the Australian magazine Woman's Day that painted the actress as a habitual liar about her background and upbringing. She was awarded A$4,500,000 in damages in September 2017, the largest damages in any defamation case in Australia.

VIEW THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jojo Rabbit (2019)
2.
 Hustle, The (2019)
3.
4.
 Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
5.
 Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
8.
 How to Be Single (2016)
9.
10.
VIEW THE FULL FILMOGRAPHY

Milestones close milestones

2003:
Made feature film debut in Australian comedy "Fat Pizza" as Toula, leader of the "Fat Chick 12" gang; also appeared on the accompanying TV series "Pizza"
2003:
Moved to New York after winning a scholarship with The Second City Training Centre
2006:
Reprised Toula role on the TV series "World Record Pizza" (SBS)
2006:
Played various characters on the Australian sketch comedy program "The Wedge" (Network Ten)
2010:
Made U.S. television debut with a guest role on "Rules of Engagement" (CBS)
2011:
Named Australia's spokesperson for weight loss and nutrition company Jenny Craig
2012:
Played the spacey assistant at a breastfeeding supply store in ensemble comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting"
2012:
Cast opposite Kirsten Dunst and Isla Fisher in "Bachelorette"
2012:
Cast in Chris Colfer's feature writing debut "Struck by Lightning"
2016:
Appeared in the comedy "How to Be Single"
2016:
Landed a supporting role in the action comedy "The Brothers Grimsby"
2016:
Played a small role in the Jennifer Saunders/Joanna Lumley comedy "Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie"
VIEW ALL MILESTONES

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute