Isla Fisher

Isla Fisher

Infobox actor
name = Isla Fisher

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birthname = Isla Lang Fisher
birthdate = birth date and age|1976|2|3
location = Muscat, Oman
deathdate =
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homepage =
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domesticpartner = Sacha Baron Cohen

Isla Lang Fisher (born February 3, 1976) is an Australian actress and author. She began acting on Australian Television, and is best known for her role of Shannon Reed on the Australian soap opera "Home and Away" and for her role in the 2005 comedy "Wedding Crashers" opposite Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.cite news|last=Roberts|first=Sheila|coauthors=|title=Isla Fisher Interview, The Lookout|pages=|publisher=MoviesOnline|date=2007-03-25|url=|accessdate=2007-03-26]

Early life

Fisher was born in Muscat, Oman to Scottish parents who resided there because of her father's job as a banker for the United Nations. [ [ Isla Fisher Biography (1976-) ] ] Her name, after the Scottish island of Islay, is pronounced "eye-la";cite news|last=|first=|coauthors=|title=Isla an Aussie at heart|pages=|publisher=Sunday Mail|date=2007-03-25|url=,,21433971-5003420,00.html|accessdate=2007-03-26] she has four brothers.cite news|last=|first=|coauthors=|title=The Isla Fisher Online Resource - Biography|pages=|publisher=|date=2008-02-02|url=|accessdate=2008-07-12] Fisher moved with her family to Perth, Western Australia, when she was nine months old. Fisher has said that she had a "great" upbringing in Perth with a "very outdoorsy life". She began appearing in commercials on Australian television at the age of nine, before going on to win roles in popular children's television shows "Bay City" and "Paradise Beach". She attended Methodist Ladies' College and appeared in lead roles in school productions.


At the age of eighteen, with the help of her mother, she wrote two teen novels, "Bewitched" and "Seduced by Fame", that became bestsellers. From 1994 to 1997 she played the role of Shannon Reed on the hit Australian soap opera "Home and Away". After leaving the popular soap to pursue new challenges, Fisher enrolled at a prestigious theatre and arts training school in Paris, and went on to appear in pantomime in the United Kingdom. She also toured with Darren Day in the "Summer Holiday" musical, and appeared in a London theatre production called "Così". Fisher's ambition was always to progress onto the big screen however, and in 2002 she had a part in the film version of "Scooby-Doo" as Mary-Jane, Shaggy Rogers's love interest, and subsequently was taken on by an American agent. A larger role in "Wedding Crashers", alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, in 2005 won her the Breakthrough Performance Award at the MTV Movie Awards. While promoting "Wedding Crashers", she was officially crowned the 1000th guest on Australian talk show "Rove" on August 2, 2005. She entered the set ahead of Owen Wilson, winning the title by two meters.

In 2006, Fisher starred as Becca, a Manhattan party host in the offbeat relationship drama "London" co-starring Jessica Biel, Chris Evans and Jason Statham. In 2007, she appeared in "The Lookout", a thriller co-starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Matthew Goode, and "Hot Rod", opposite Andy Samberg. She was scheduled to appear in "The Simpsons Movie", although her appearance was cut from the final version. [cite news |first=Jeanne |last=Wolf |author=Jeanne Wolf |title=What Creeps Out Borat's Future Wife? |url= |work= |publisher= |date=2007-03-29 |accessdate=2007-04-06 ] In 2008, she starred in "Wedding Daze" with Jason Biggs, "Definitely, Maybe", with Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, and Abigail Breslin, and had a voice role in "Horton Hears a Who!"cite news|last=Finn|first=Natalie|coauthors=|title=Family Guy Has Burnett Feeling Copyrighteous|pages=|publisher=E! Online|date=2007-03-16|url=|accessdate=2007-03-26] Fisher has also co-written a treatment for a script entitled "Groupies" with Amy Poehler, as well as another project entitled "The Cookie Queen". She has signed up to star in the movie adaption of the book "Confessions of a Shopaholic", the filming of which started in January 2008. [cite web|url=|title=Isla Fisher signs on for Shopaholic role|accessdate=2007-12-06|date=2007-09-21|publisher=ABC News (Australia)]

Fisher has spoken out against the lack of opportunities for comediennes in Hollywood. [cite news |title="Fisher plans Hollywood sex revolution" |url= |publisher=The Sydney Morning Herald |date=2007-10-08 |accessdate=2007-10-08]

Personal life

Fisher resides in Los Angeles, California, as well as in London, with her fiancé, English comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. Fisher converted to Judaism after three years of study, in advance of her marriage to Baron Cohen.cite news|last=Das|first=Lina|coauthors=|title=Isla Fisher: My husband Borat is so tall he makes me look like a circus freak|pages=|publisher=The Daily Mail|date=2008-02-08|url=|accessdate=2008-02-18] cite news|last=Hellard|first=Peta|coauthors=|title=Isla Fisher's pregnant pause|pages=||date=2007-09-03|url=,21985,22354009-5006023,00.html|accessdate=2008-02-18] As of March 2007, the couple have not set a date for their wedding.cite news|last=Hellard|first=Peta|coauthors=|title=Pair too busy for marriage|pages=|publisher=Herald Sun|date=2007-03-20|url=,21985,21409323-28957,00.html|accessdate=2007-03-26]

Fisher has said that her "sensibility is Australian" and that she has a "laid-back attitude to life" that she feels is "very Australian". Her mother and siblings live and work in Athens, Greece, while her father lives in Frankfurt, Germany.

On 19 October, 2007, Fisher gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Olive, in Los Angeles. [ [,21985,22616372-662,00.html It's a baby girl for Borat] , "Herald Sun", October 20, 2007.]



*"Seduced by Fame", June 27, 1996, Puffin Books, ISBN 0-14-025431-5
*"Bewitched", September 5, 1996, Puffin Books, ISBN 0-14-025575-3


External links

*imdb name|id=0279545|name=Isla Fisher
* [ Isla Fisher gallery]

NAME= Fisher, Isla
DATE OF BIRTH= 1976-2-3
PLACE OF BIRTH= Muscat, Oman

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