BiographyIsla Fisher was born on February 3, 1976, in Muscat, the capital of the Middle Eastern nation of Oman. When Isla Fisher was a young child, her Scottish parents moved her and her four brothers to Australia. There, inspired by the literary achievements of her novelist mother and the encouraging words of her banker father, Isla Fisher was permitted the freedom to follow her own path.
Even as a primary school student, Isla Fisher was using her free reign to pursue a budding interest in acting. By age 9, she was appearing in Australian television commercials, her first gig coming as an extra in a lottery ad. From then on, Isla Fisher realized that acting truly was her passion.
isla fisher is home and awayIn 1993, Isla Fisher won roles in the TV dramas Bay Cove and Paradise Beach. Though her work in both series lasted only about one full season each, Isla Fisher was more than pleased with the exposure that these experiences provided. Her visibility jumped to that of "minor celebrity" after it was revealed that this young star had been stopped by the police for public nudity during a wild vacation with friends in western Australia.
Isla Fisher's first serious role came in Home and Away, a soap opera series in which she played the seductive Shannon Reed from 1994 until 1997. The character was very promiscuous in the show, and this fueled many men's fantasies about the actress behind the role. By the time that Shannon was finally written off the show (the writers had her run away with a lesbian lover), Isla Fisher was looked upon as a full-fledged hottie. In fact, in 1998, readers of FHM voted her No. 11 Sexiest Woman in the World.
isla fisher writes bewitchedEven as men worldwide were drooling over her, it had been well-established that there was much more to Isla Fisher than met the eye. In 1996, she had written two teenage-targeted romance books: Bewitched and Seduced by Fame were both hot sellers in Australia, and their publication proved that Isla was an all-around star.
Ever intent on further improving herself, Isla Fisher moved to England and began a regular commute across the English Channel to attend acting school in Paris. From here, she starred alongside Keira Knightley in a miniseries adaptation of Oliver Twist, a handful of theatrical presentations and several episodes of the kids' show Scoop. She began a well-publicized relationship with fellow actor Darren Day, and the two were even engaged for a brief period.
Her frank accounts of her other relationships with celebrities of the day, including multimillionaire Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, were goldmines for tabloids, and Isla Fisher soon became a popular news figure for reasons other than her good looks.
isla fisher dates sacha baron cohenIn the early years of the new millennium, as she was filming the miniseries Hearts and Bones and the German horror flick Swimming Pool, Isla Fisher began seeing Sacha Baron Cohen, an English comic known popularly as Ali G. The two became a serious couple and were engaged to be married in 2004.
When Sacha Baron Cohen signed a deal with HBO to take his act to television sets in America, Isla Fisher came along. The couple moved into Jennifer Aniston's old house, although she kicked them out to move back in after her breakup with Brad Pitt.
isla fisher in the wedding crashersResiding in the heart of the American entertainment industry, Isla Fisher soon began nabbing some great roles. She played Mary Jane in Scooby-Doo (2002), had a big role in the English comedy The Wannabes (2003), then returned to America to star with Jeff Goldblum and Selma Blair in the artsy flick Dallas 362 (2003).
Isla Fisher held down a small role in the existential film I Heart Huckabees in 2004, then went on to appear alongside Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson in 2005's The Wedding Crashers.
isla fisher in wedding dazeIn 2007, Isla Fisher appeared in The Lookout, a thriller costarring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Hot Rod opposite Andy Samberg. As Isla Fisher and fiance Sacha Baron Cohen beame more comfortable in the U.S., they found out they were expecting their first child, a daughter named Olive who was born in October.
isla fisher in horton hears a who!In 2008, Isla Fisher kept busy with roles in several flicks including the adaptation of the famous Dr. Seuss book Horton Hears A Who! She also appeared in Definitely, Maybe, alongside Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Weisz and Elizabeth Banks.
isla fisher in confessions of a shopaholicIsla Fisher started 2009 on a high note when she appeared at No. 31 on AskMen.com's list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women. Only weeks later, she followed up this accomplishment with another success: the lead role in the romantic comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, which drew in $17.8 million at the box office in its opening weekend.