Childhood & Early Life
Belinda Stewart-Wilson was born Belinda Anthea Stewart-Wilson, on April 16, 1971, in Kensington, London, England, to Lieutenant Colonel Sir Blair Stewart Wilson and Helen Mary Fox. Her father was a high ranking officer in the British Royal Army while her mother was a housewife.
Belinda kept moving around Europe all through her childhood due to her father’s postings at different places. She had spent her childhood in UK, Austria and Germany, before the family finally settled in London. It was after her father got a huge job as the Equerry of Queen Elizabeth II.
Belinda had developed an inclination towards performing arts at some point during her childhood years. She acted in theatrical plays in her school. She finished her schooling from St Mary’s School in Calne, Wiltshire. She graduated high school from Hurst Lodge School, located in Berkshire.
Following her school education, she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an actor and enrolled into Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, in London. She graduated with a degree in classical acting. Following her graduation from the academy, she began auditioning for roles in films and television.
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She made her acting debut in 1995 playing a small role in the television series titled ‘Shine on Harvey Moon.’ She followed it with a guest appearance in an episode, ‘Murder on the Links,’ of ‘Agatha Christie's Poirot’ and ‘Goodnight Sweetheart.’
Her career moved at a very slow pace until the late 1990s. In 1999, she played a supporting role in one episode of the sitcom ‘Days Like These.’
In 2001, she made her film debut finally with a supporting role as Camilla in the British comedy film titled ‘Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang).’ The film received average critical and commercial success. However, the film did not do much to further Belinda’s career, which was still somehow struggling.
In 2004, she returned to television with a small role in the television drama series titled ‘Holby City,’ and played Jo Wheeler in the episode titled ‘Under Pressure.’ She followed it with a guest role in the series titled ‘Look Around You’ and a three episodes long role as Amanda Panda in the series titled ‘Broken News.’
In 2007, she appeared playing a supporting role in the Australian mockumentary film titled ‘Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance.’ The film was made on a very low budget and became a huge critical and commercial success. It was later known as one of the most successful Australian films of the last few years.
2007 was a very busy year for her as she appeared in a number of series’ such as ‘Jekyll,’ ‘The Whistleblowers’ and ‘Angelo’s.’ She was also seen playing various characters in the miniseries ‘The Peter Serafinowicz Show’ in 7 episodes.
In 2008, she received the biggest breakthrough of her acting career when she appeared playing Polly McKenzie, a very attractive mother of one of show’s leading characters in the sitcom titled ‘The Inbetweeners.’ She was however, just 13 years older than Simon Bird, who plays Will, her son.
Although hers was a recurring role in the series, she was one of the most loved characters. The series was a huge commercial and critical success and ran for 3 seasons and 18 episodes, with Belinda appearing in 10 of them.
In 2009, she played Christine Johnson in the science fiction drama series titled ‘Primeval.’ She had reprised her role in 6 episodes of the show, which was a huge critical and commercial success.
In 2011, she further reprised her role as Polly, in the film version of the sitcom, titled ‘The Inbetweeners Movie.’ The film received huge critical acclaim and was also a commercial success. The film was followed by another sequel titled ‘The Inbetweeners 2.’ The film turned out to be even more successful than its predecessor both critically and commercially.
While playing Polly in the ‘The Inbetweeners’ franchise, she further appeared in television series’ such as ‘My Family,’ ‘Little Crackers,’ ‘Ripper Street’ and ‘Mr. Sloane.’ She also appeared playing Fiona Crossley in the 2014 series titled ‘The Evermoor Chronicles.’
In 2015, she appeared in four episodes of the series ‘Ordinary Lies.’ She played Alison in the series.
In 2017 and 2018, she appeared in a recurring of Annette Glennis in the series ‘Sick Note.’ She reprised her role in 8 episodes of the series, which was a critical and commercial success.
In 2018, she also appeared playing a supporting role as Ciara Cassidy in the series titled ‘Casualty.’ She followed with a guest role in the series titled ‘Counterpart.’
More recently, in 2019, she was seen playing a voice role in the video game titled ‘Anthem.’