Kristen Wiig Biography

Kristen Wiig is a popular American comedienne, actress, producer and writer. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, life, achievements, works & timeline.

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Birthday: August 22, 1973

Nationality: American

Famous: College Dropouts Saturday Night Live Cast

Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Leo

Also Known As: Kristen Carroll Wiig, Vicki St. Elmo

Born in: Canandaigua, New York, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'5" (165 cm), 5'5" Females

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Spouse/Ex-: Hayes Hargrove

father: Jon J. Wiig

mother: Laurie J. Johnston

siblings: Erik Wiig

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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education: University of Arizona, 1991 - Brighton High School

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Kristen Wiig is a popular American comedienne, actress, producer and writer. She is of is of English and Scottish lineage from her mother’s side and Norwegian and Irish ancestry from her father’s side. Though a naturally shy personality, she has mentioned that people had identified her as a comedian ever since childhood. Kristen Wiig began her career through performances with comedy troops and live television comedy shows, working her way up steadily, and consequently making a mark for herself in comedy genre. She found her way into feature films in 2007. Apart from acting, Kristen Wiig has also lent her voice to several characters in popular animation movies and gained recognition as a script writer as well. She has been nominated for the Academy Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards for her contribution to movies. In her personal life, she is fond of painting and drawing but exclaims that she has never pursued the interest due to the fear of not being good enough. She has also voiced her love for animals stating that she would never wear fur. She keeps away from social media and asserts that she prefers keeping her life private.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Kristen Wiig was born on 22 August 1973, in Canandaigua city of New York to John J Wiig and Laurie J. Her parents divorced when she was nine years old. Kristen Wiig has an elder brother Erik.
  • She did her elementary schooling from Nitrauer Elementary School in Lancester. She later moved to New York and joined the Allendale Columbia School. After passing her tenth grade, she joined the Brighton High School and completed her high schooling from it.
  • After graduating from high, she enrolled at the University of Arizona, majoring in Arts. However, she did not graduate and discontinued her course when she was 19.
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  • Kristen Wiig relocated to Los Angeles after dropping out of college to pursue acting. In the initial days she did odd jobs like selling fruits, folding clothes, catering etc. to support herself. A co-worker took her to the auditions of The Groundlings—a sketch comedy theatre where she got selected. She began working at The Groundlings and also used to perform at the Empty Stage Comedy Theatre.
  • In 2003, she appeared in ‘The Joe Schmo Show’ a satire of reality television on Spike TV. During her stint at The Groundlings, her manager supported her to audition for ‘Saturday Night Live’ – a live TV sketch comedy show. Kristen Wiig was inducted in the midst of the 31st season of the ‘Saturday Night Live’ show, in the year 2005.
  • In 2006, Kristen Wiig made her debut in films with ‘Unaccompanied Minors’. The following year she made appearances in movies such as ‘Knocked Up’, ‘Walk Hard’ and so on.
  • In 2008, she got minor roles in movies like ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, ‘Pretty Bird’ and ‘Ghost Promo’. In 2009, Kristen Wiig did supporting roles in Drew Barrymore’s directional debut film ‘Whip It’ and ‘Adventureland’. The same year she also gave voice in ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’.
  • In 2010, she lent her voice for animated films ‘Despicable Me’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ along with appearing in other feature films that include ‘All Good Things’ and ‘MacGruber’.
  • In 2011, she got her major break in the movies. She played her first lead role in the movie ‘Paul’ .The same year she starred in ‘Bridesmaids’; a movie that she co-wrote with Annie Mumolo for Universal Pictures. The movie went on to gain box office success as well as critical acclaim.
  • In 2012, Kristen Wiig made her final appearance as a cast member in ‘Saturday Night Live’ during its 37th season. She later hosted the show once in 2013 and appeared on the show as a guest in October 2014.
  • Her other movie appearances include” ‘Friends with Kids’ (2012), ‘Revenge for Jolly’(2012), ‘Girl Most Likely’ (2013), ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ (2013), ‘The Skeleton Twins’ (2014), ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’(2014), ‘The Martian’(2015) and ‘Nasty Baby’(2015).
  • Her upcoming projects include ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Zoolander 2’ and ‘Sausage Party’ that are proposed to be released in 2016.
Major Works
  • Kristen Wiig’s portrayal of various characters and humour sense in Live TV show ‘Saturday Night Live’ enabled her to strike the chord with viewers. Her performance earned her much popularity and fans.
Awards & Achievements
  • Kristen Wiig was named in Times list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2012.
  • She has been nominated four times for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series’ category of the Primetime Emmy Awards; i.e. every year between 2009 and 2012.
  • She had been nominated for the Academy Awards in 2011 in the category ‘Best Writing - Original Screenplay’ for the movie ‘Bridesmaids’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Kristen Wiig married actor and comedian Hayes Hargrove in 2005. The couple ended their relationship in 2009.
  • She is a vegetarian and had been listed in PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities’ of 2011.
  • In her friends circle she is called ‘The Brown Cow’ for her fondness of chocolate.

1. The Martian (2015)

  (Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi)

2. Her (2013)

  (Sci-Fi, Romance, Drama)

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance, Adventure, Fantasy)

4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

  (Drama, Romance, Comedy)

5. Paul (2011)

  (Comedy, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

6. Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

7. Knocked Up (2007)

  (Romance, Comedy)

8. Mother! (2017)

  (Thriller, Drama, Mystery, Horror)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2012 Best Gut-Wrenching Performance Bridesmaids (2011)

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