We bring you ten factoids about the fantastically funny actress…

DESPICABLE ME 2 is released in Irish cinemas this week, and Kristen Wiig returns to the franchise, albeit in a different role to the one she played in the 2010 film. We took the opportunity to find out more about one of our favourite funny women, and present then things you need to know about the brilliant Kristen Wiig.

Kristen’s big screen debut was as Katherine Heigl’s passive aggressive boss in KNOCKED UP.
…Wiig’s performance was just as delightfully vulgar and odd as we have come to expect from the actress.

Is a core member of Judd Apatow’s “comedy team”, which also includes Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen.
…Not a bad line up!

Kristen’s first on-screen performance was in a 2000 short film entitled CARNATA
…She played a ‘Party Parent’. In fact, most of the cast did.

Kristen is good friends with her PAUL co-stars, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
…This is hardly surprising, since the on-screen chemistry between the trio was so good.

For her screenplay of BRIDESMAIDS, Kristen – along with Annie Mumolo – was nominated for an Academy Award. She lost out to Woody Allen for MIDNIGHT IN PARIS.
…Not bad, for Wiig’s first feature length script!

There is a Twitter account dedicated to berating Kristen: https://twitter.com/KristenWiigSux
…And we disagree with it entirely.

Kristen joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in the middle of its 2005-2006 season
…She is known for her impersonations of Bjork, Lana Del Rey and Drew Barrymore.

BRIDESMAIDS is the highest grossing R-rated female comedy of all time in the US box office, edging out SEX AND THE CITY.
…And we are all grateful for that.

And finally, Kristen brought us this fantastic video bomb GIF!

DESPICABLE ME 2 is in Irish cinemas from June 28th

Words: Brogen Hayes