Kristen Carroll Wiig (born August 22, 1973) is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer.
She is known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (2005–12), and such films as Bridesmaids, The Martian, and Ghostbusters.
Wiig was born in Canandaigua, New York, and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Rochester, New York. Wiig attended the University of Arizona, where she majored in fine art. She later relocated to Los Angeles, where she broke into comedy as a member of the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings and made her television debut in 2003. Wiig joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2005, and the following year, she co-starred in the Christmas comedy film Unaccompanied Minors. After appearing in a series of supporting roles in comedy films such as Adventureland, Whip It, and Paul, she starred in and co-wrote the screenplay for Bridesmaids, which was both critically and commercially successful.
Wiig has received eight Emmy Award nominations and has been nominated for an Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production for her work on Despicable Me 2. In 2012, Bridesmaids earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy, as well as nominations for the Academy Award and BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. She was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Cynthia Morehouse in the miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. Wiig made her film debut in the 2006 Christmas movie Unaccompanied Minors. The following year, she appeared in Judd Apatow’s comedy Knocked Up as a passive-aggressive assistant, and performed in Jake Kasdan’s Walk Hard, another Apatow-produced film. In 2008, she had small roles in several films, including Forgetting Sarah Marshall and David Koepp’s Ghost Town. In 2009, Wiig had supporting roles in Greg Mottola’s Adventureland, Mike Judge’s Extract, and Whip It, Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut. In 2010, she appeared in the films MacGruber, the animated comedies Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon, and Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things. Wiig had her most significant role to date as Ruth Buggs in Greg Mottola’s comedy Paul in 2011. Later in 2011, she starred in the film Bridesmaids, which she co-wrote with fellow Groundlings performer Annie Mumolo. Universal Pictures released the film on May 13, 2011 and it became both a critical and box-office success. It was nominated for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy and Wiig was nominated for Best Actress-Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy at the 69th Golden Globe Awards. The film also received two Academy Award nominations: Wigg and Mumolo for Best Original Screenplay and co-star, Melissa McCarthy, for Best Supporting Actress. The film grossed over $280 million worldwide. In 2014, Wiig starred with Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins. In 2015, she starred in Nasty Baby, as Polly, a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a boyfriend. The film was directed by Chilean filmmaker Sebastián Silva. Wiig also starred in Welcome to Me, a comedy-drama directed by Shira Piven which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2014, news outlets reported that Wiig and Mumolo were writing a new comedy, which will have Wiig making her debut as a director. The name of the film and release date are yet to be confirmed. In 2016, Wiig played one of the leading roles in the reboot Ghostbusters alongside Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. In the autumn of 2016, she appeared in video as an onstage “stand-in” during the Nostalgia For the Present concert tour of Australian singer Sia Furler for her song, “One Million Bullets”. In 2017, Wiig appeared in the films Mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky, and Downsizing starring Matt Damon, directed by Alexander Payne. In February 2017, Variety reported that Wiig will star in an English-language remake of Toni Erdmann, opposite Jack Nicholson. In January 2018, it was announced that Wiig would be starring and executive producing, along side Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter, in a new untitled 30 minute comedy series from Apple and production company, Hello Sunshine.