Photo of Kristen Wiig Kristen Wiig

A sketch-comedy "It" girl with a knack for creating memorable characters and spot-on celebrity impersonations, Kristen Wiig was born in Canandaigua, N.Y., on Aug. 22, 1973. After studying art at the University of Arizona, she moved to Southern California to train with the Los Angeles-based improv troupe the Groundlings.

Wiig appeared on the first season of the short-lived reality-TV spoof "The Joe Schmo Show" before joining the cast of "Saturday Night Live" in 2005. Able to play almost anyone -- from ill-tempered movie critic Aunt Linda to stentorian finance guru Suze Orman -- Wiig swiftly built a reputation as a comedic chameleon, earning her back-to-back Emmy nominations.

Wiig's big-screen credits include the 2007 films Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Knocked Up, and the freewheeling roller-derby comedy Whip It (2009) directed by Drew Barrymore.

Kristen Wiig in Masterminds

Masterminds

2016 PG-13

In this offbeat comedy, four lunkheaded Southerners pull off one of the most brazen heists in U.S. history, stealing $17.3 million and getting away with it -- at first. When the FBI launches an investigation, the thieves find the noose tightening.

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  • Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 2 Despicable Me 2
  • Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me Despicable Me
  • Kristen Wiig in Sausage Party Sausage Party
  • Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids Bridesmaids
  • Kristen Wiig in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
  • Kristen Wiig in Zoolander 2 Zoolander 2
  • Kristen Wiig in How to Train Your Dragon 2 How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Kristen Wiig in Friends with Kids Friends with Kids
  • Kristen Wiig in Extract Extract
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  • Kristen Wiig in Girl Most Likely Girl Most Likely
  • Kristen Wiig in The Diary of a Teenage Girl The Diary of a Teenage Girl
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  • Kristen Wiig in Adventureland Adventureland
  • Kristen Wiig in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Kristen Wiig in Forgetting Sarah Marshall Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Kristen Wiig in Date Night Date Night
  • Kristen Wiig in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • Kristen Wiig in All Good Things All Good Things
  • Kristen Wiig in Knocked Up Knocked Up
  • Kristen Wiig in Ghost Town Ghost Town
  • Kristen Wiig in Welcome to Me Welcome to Me
  • Kristen Wiig in The Skeleton Twins The Skeleton Twins
  • Kristen Wiig in Meet Bill Meet Bill
  • Kristen Wiig in Whip It Whip It
  • Kristen Wiig in MacGruber MacGruber
  • Kristen Wiig in Pretty Bird Pretty Bird
  • Kristen Wiig in Hateship Loveship Hateship Loveship
  • Kristen Wiig in Nasty Baby Nasty Baby
  • Kristen Wiig in Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07 Saturday Night Live: The Best of '06/'07
  • Kristen Wiig in Gift of the Night Fury / Book of Dragons Gift of the Night Fury / Book of Dragons
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  • Kristen Wiig in The Brothers Solomon The Brothers Solomon
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  • Kristen Wiig in The Spoils Before Dying The Spoils Before Dying