Isla Lang Fisher is English-Australian actress, writer wife of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and mother of three children.
Redhead charmer, most known for her roles in comedy movies Wedding Crashers by David Dobkin, Confessions of a Shopaholic by P. J. Hogan, Bachelorette by Leslye Headland, Definitely, Maybe by Adam Brooks, Louis Leterrier’s blockbuster thriller Now You See Me and The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann, can be incredibly convincing, according to many movie critics, in not only comedic, but also dramatic and more serious roles.
Isla was born on February 3, 1976 in Muscat, capital city of Oman, place of residence of her family, which moved there from Scottish city of Bathgate. Due to her father’s work for United Nations banking department, actress’ family had to move a lot. When Isla turn 6 years old, all her family including mother, father and four brothers, returned home to United Kingdom for a very short time, only to hit the road again – this time to Pert, Western Australia.
School photo of Isla Fisher
Young Isla, named after an Islay island of Scotland, attended Swanbourne primary school and Methodist Ladies’ College later. She started to express her interest to the actor’s profession at very young age, performing in school plays, such as, Little Shop of Horrors musical, based on black comedy movie of the same name by Roger Corman. Main protagonist of a movie is a florist shop worker, tending to a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.
Young Isla appeared in Australian TV commercials
Isla Fisher started to appear on Australian TV commercials when she was barely nine years old. This led to her getting a role in popular teen series Paradise Beach. Taking part in this series helped actress to acquire so necessary set experience and acting skills.
Isla Fisher and Amy Adams look unbelievable alike
Acting was not the only thing on young actresses’ mind; turns out she had a passion and a talent to be a writer. In 1994 Isla, with the help of her mother, happened to be writer as well, published two of her novels called Bewitched and Seduced by Fame, which received quite the praise from readers. According to Isla herself, if she wouldn’t found success in acting, she would’ve dedicated herself to writing.
Isla Fisher is NOT Amy Adams
Just after Isla turned 18, she took a lead role in one of the most popular and long standing Australian TV series called Home and Away that touches many controversial and important issues such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, suicide and violence. In 1996 she received a nomination for an Australian TV awards Logies (in honor of John Logie Baird, one of the inventors of mechanical television, and is considered to be an Australian analogue of Emmy) in Best Actress category for her portrayal of Shannon Reed character.
Young Isla Fisher in Home and Away
After quitting Home and Away Isla decided that it’s time for her to think about professional education. In order to do this, she entered famous L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq mime and acting school in Paris. Pierre Richard, Christoph Marthaler, Luc Bondy and hundreds others incredible theatre hall of fame actors and directors are among graduates from this school.
Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves in Now You See Me
During her time in Britain, actress took part in pantomimes, toured with Summer Holyday musical (as adaptation of musical movie with the same name starring Cliff Richard with Darren Ray playing same role in remake), along with performing on a big stage in London as a part of staging Cosi by Australian playwright Luis Nora. In 2001 she appeared in German slasher film Swimming Pool directed by Boris von Sychowski about a group of students, who decided to celebrate passing their exam in an aqua park, only to find themselves trapped inside with a maniac killer with all doors shut.
In 2002 she decided to move to Los Angeles along her friend Sacha Baron Cohen to try herself on a big screen. Her debut role on American soil was a character of Mary Jane, dog allergic friend of main protagonist Shaggy in comedy movie Scooby-Doo, based on popular cartoon about incredible adventures of a group of teenagers and their faithful talking dog, caught up in solving mysterious crime stories and mystical puzzles.
Isla Fisher in Scooby-Doo
A year later Isla performed in Australian comedy movie The Wannabes by Nick Giannopoulos. Movie had received a number of cold reviews from the critics but managed to score 1.2 million dollars in box office domestically. After that she was cast in American comedy movie I Hearth Huckabees by David O. Russell, released in 2004.
Her portrayal of Gloria Cleary, as emotionally unstable nymphomaniac bridesmaid in 2005 comedy movie Wedding Crashers became her real Hollywood breakthrough. In this movie Isla was accompanied by many already established stars such as Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken. For her immaculate performance in Wedding Crashers she received two nominations from Teen Choice Awards, youth award from Fox, and grabbed very prestigious MTV Movie Award in Best Breakthrough Performance category.
Isla Fisher in Wedding Crashers
In 2005, during Wedding Crashers promotion campaign, Isla was crowned as 1000 th guest at Rove McManus comedy show Rove.
In 2005 she starred in independent drama movie London as Rebecca. Her character with Syd, portrayed by Chris Evans, and Jason Statham as Bateman, locked themselves away in a bathroom during Syd’s girlfriend (Jessica Biel) farewell party, drunk tequila, snorted cocaine and talked over the topics of love, God, sex, women and pain.
But the true popularity caught up with Isla after her next couple of movies (The Lookout, Hot Rod, Definitely Maybe, Wedding Daze), when she got to star in 2009 romantic comedy Confessions of a Shopaholic, based on the bestseller novel of British writer Sophie Kinsella. Her character, a journalist and an expert on financial topics, could easily give an advice on how to manage their money and actives to her audience, while couldn’t skip any discount or sale without spending a fortune. This led her to take one load after another leaving her in massive debts. Her performance in this movie managed to bring one more Teen Choice Award nomination to her list.
Confessions of a Shopaholic with Isla Fisher
From this moment forward Isla Fisher’s filmography is filled with absolute blockbusters. Burke and Hare (2010) is a movie, based on a real story about two cadaver suppliers for Edinburg Medical Academy, who at first desecrated graves and eventually started to kill people to sustain their business. Two years later she received a role of Katie, one of three bridesmaids, working on their classmate’s wedding in Bachelorette (2012). Movie plot revolves around the fact that bridesmaids were never actually friends with the bride. On a contrary, they used to make her life in school a living hell since she was chubby, but now she inconceivably getting married the first of them. Isla received no awards for her performance in Bachelorette but the movie became iTunes bestseller even before its release.
Isla Fisher starred as a successful bride in Bachelorette
Isla’s performance in detective thriller Now You See Me (2013) was especially noticeable. Her character Henley Reeves is one of four friends illusionists, portrayed by(Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Dave Franco), who with the help of unconceivable spectacular stunts and performances are hitting banks and use stolen money to help common people, who became victims of a fraud. During the filming of one of the scenes actress almost drown on set; chain used for a stunt had stuck and Isla had to spend 3 minutes underwater. Perhaps that’s why Isla Fisher decided not to continue to represent her character in 2015 in film sequel and was ultimately replaced by American actress and model Lizzy Caplan. Or perhaps, there is a better reason, since Isla was pregnant with her third child and did not wanted to risk his life on set.
Isla Fisher almost drowned during Now You See Me filming
Her work in The Great Gatsby, along with such established names as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, left no one to doubt Fisher’s talent. She portrayed Myrtle, mechanics wife and a secret lover of an owner of luxurious estate. Life of her character tragically ended under the wheels of a vehicle, ironically, piloted by legal wife of her lover.
Shot from The Great Gatsby
Aside from her movies career Isla had plenty of work voicing over cartoon characters and appeared in credits in Horton Hears a Who!(2008), Rango, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011), Rise of the Guardians (2012). In 2015 June she also became a representative of Australian department of IGN Direct bank.
Grimsby (2016) is the first project that Isla and her husband, screenwriter and star actor Sacha Baron Cohen did together. Actress herself portrayed an assistant of an undercover super-agent on a mission to save whole Earth population from deadly pandemic.
Isla Fisher and her husband Sacha Baron Cohen united in Grimsby movie
In the same period of time Isla Fisher appeared in comedy action movie Keeping Up with the Joneses as decorator Karen. According to movie’s plot ordinary married couple (with famous comic and actor Zach Galifianakis portraying Karen’s husband) suddenly realizes that their new neighbors are secret agents in disguise. Obviously this unexpected discovery leads to unavoidable changes in quiet life of a family.
Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher in Keeping Up with the Joneses
In 2016 actress published her first book aimed for children 4-7 years old called Marge in Charge. Having plenty of experience as a writer, actor, comic and mother of three, she created a set of fun family stories about fidget girl, who met cat in a hat.
Isla Fisher posing for VVV Magazine in 2016
Even though Isla rarely took the liberty to participate in explicit photosets, she decided to make an appearance on VVV Magazine pages in 2016 (along with Eva Longoria and Bella Thorne), as well as Mexican outlet Glamour.
Isla Fisher is married on odious British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, most known for his portrayal of rapper Ali G, Kazakhstani journalist Borat, homosexual fashion entrepreneur Bruno and dictator Aladdin from imaginary African country.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Young actors met each other on a random party back in Australia in 2002 and got engaged some time later; however they were able to marry officially only in 2010. Religious beliefs were really important for Cohen, and Isla had to study Torah and convert to Judaism in 2017. After the procedure she changed her name to Jewish Ayala, the Hebrew word for a doe, and started keeping Jewish Sabbath, skipping and resting for a seventh day of the week.
Family time together
The couple has three children together: the oldest daughter Olive was born before the marriage in 2007, younger daughter Elula 5 months after the marriage on 2010 summer. On March 2015 their family grew bigger with the birth of their son Montgomery.
Isla Fisher with her husband on a beach
During one of the interviews actress admitted that she had never suffered from excessive weight and could always easily recover after her pregnancy due to her love of yoga, horseback riding, jogging and slimming underwear. Isla was never a fan of diets and prefers fish, greenery and veggies, but don’t restrains herself when it comes to fast-food and unhealthy food, especially French fries and ice cream.
Isla Fisher now
In 2018 Fisher appeared in fast paced comedy movie Tag, joining Ed Helms and Jeremy Renner, portraying Anna - whimsical wife of lead character, as well as short film Tourism Australia: Dundee – The Son of a Legend Returns Home in which she had an opportunity to work with Russell Crowe.
In foreseeable future fans of Isla Fisher are looking forward to the release of The Beach Bum comedy film, where actress will be joined by Matthew McConaughey and Snoop Dogg.