Sue Bownds: Insight On the Inside Life Of Rebel Wilson’s Mother

By Anuja Uprety | Published on: March 7, 2024 | Updated on: March 7, 2024
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Sue Bownds is the mother of an Australian actress Rebel Wilson (aka Rebel Meanie Elizabeth Wilson). Besides her identity as a celebrity mom, Sue herself is an accomplished professional. She is a dog handler for several years and has been in different countries as a judge for dog shows.

Get to know in detail about Sue’s career, love life, marriage, children, and many more.

Key Takeaways

  • Sue Bownds is the mother of the Australian actress Rebel Wilson. Her daughter is best recognized for Pitch Perfect, Senior Year, Bridesmaid, and Jojo Rabbit.
  • She is a dog handler. Also, she has been the judge of dog shows since 1980.
  • She was previously married to her husband Jack Bownds. They tied the knot in 1976 and separated in 1997. Her ex-hubby died of a heart attack in 2013.
  • She is currently in a relationship with her boyfriend Peter Lock.

Is Originally From Sydney

The celebrity mother, Sue Bownds is a Sydney native. While her exact birth details are yet to be figured out, she celebrated her birthday on January 17 every year. She was born and raised by her parents in her hometown in Australia.

Besides, Bownds is an Australian citizen. With regards to ethnicity, she is probably of mixed descent having an ancestry both in England and Australia.

Is A Dog Handler and has been a Judge For Dog Shows

From a very young age, Sue has been a dog person. Her family has been in the dog profession since her great-grandparent’s time and as of now, they are professionally associated with different breeds including Beagles, English Cockers, English Springers, Dobermanns, Irish Water Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Bassets, Fox Terriers and Scottish Terriers.

Sue Bownds as a judge in dog shows
Sue along with a judge panel. Source: Her Facebook

Speaking of Bownds, she is a 4th generation of her lineage who is actively involved in the dog business. Not only is she a dog handler but also has been the judge of dog shows since 1980. As a judge, she has traveled to countries like New Zealand, the UK, the Philippines, Denmark, and many others.

Further, as per the information provided on her Facebook, Sue is All Breeds International FCI, ANKC, and AKS dog judge.

Sue was an Educator

Sue worked in the educational sector for a long period. In December 2021, she retired from her profession and threw a party on the bittersweet occasion. Her actress daughter Rebel took to Instagram to congratulate her on her retirement and gifted her a luxe Tiffany bracelet.

Later after the party, Bownds also shared a photograph on her Facebook where she got best wishes from her well-wishers for the next chapter in her life. Beneath her post, one user wrote,

Congratulations! Beautiful pic ❤️ Enjoy your retirement. Looking forward to pics of your adventures 💕

Marriage with Rebel Wilson’s father Jack Bownds

Sue reportedly tied the knot with her ex-husband Jack Bownd in the year 1976. The couple had a beautiful wedding ceremony with some musical events. Initially, they seems to have great marital life but as time passed, their relationship started deteriorating.

While several online portals claimed that Sue was together with her spouse till his death, as per the information we get, they separated more than a decade before Jack’s death in 2013. Bownds ended her marriage with her now late hubby in 1997.

Bownds’ Ex- Husband Died Of Heart Attack In 2013

Her ex-hubby Jack died of a heart attack back in 2013. While talking about her worst time, Sue’s daughter Rebel once mentioned her father’s death and said,

My father had passed away of a heart attack and it was such a sad time,”I didn’t think highly of myself and wasn’t valuing myself how I should have. It’s interesting that I’m still smiling and still trying to be active — this was taken at a charity tennis tournament event despite being in so much pain.”

Is Currently In A Relationship; Who Is Her Boyfriend?

At present, Sue is in a relationship with Peter Lock. The couple often shares their moments together with each other on their respective social media accounts.

Sue Bownds with her boyfriend
Sue Bownds and her boyfriend Peter. Source: Facebook

Speaking of her boyfriend Peter, he is a Senior Sales Consultant at the construction company All Castle Homes, and also a manager at Wine Mosaic Lounge. Further, as per the information provided on his Facebook, he was born on October 22 in Sydney. He attended Chevalier College. He has a son named Peter Mitchell Lock from his previous marriage.

Is A Mother Of Four

Together with her late husband Jack, Sue welcomed three daughters named Rebel Wilson born in 1980, Liberty Wilson born in 1982, and Annachi Wilson, born in 1992. Further, she is also the mother of her son Ryot Wilson, born in 1988.

Rebel is her first-born daughter. She is a renowned comedian, actor, singer, writer, and producer. She is known internationally for her character FAT AMY in the highest-grossing musical comedy series Pitch Perfect. Rebel recently became a mother of a baby girl named Royce Lillian Elizabeth Wilson via surrogacy.

Further, her second daughter Liberty is 40 years of age as of 2023. She once took part in season 1 of Amazing Race Australia along with her brother Ryot.

Similarly, her son Ryot is a professional poker player. Among her four children, Annachi is the youngest one and is quite active on social media sites. As per her Insta bio, she is a Home Buyer’s specialist.

Sue’s Daughter Rebel Calls Her Mamarazzi; How Is Mother-Daughter’s Relationship?

Sue is quite close to her children but very often we got to see her bonding with her actress child Rebel since she has more social media presence. The Bachelorette actress never missed out to mention her mom on special occasions.

Sue in the frame
Sue in a frame. Source: Her Facebook

Apart from that, she seems to be really fond of her daughter and her rising popularity. In fact, she is proud of her daughter’s achievements. While having an exclusive talk at Ellen’s show, Rebel talked about her mom and said that she called her mamarazzi. Describing why, she told,

We were in New York to promote the show, i call her Mamarazzi, she is like worse than paparazzi, she will get in my face and do all that stuff and tries to get the best shots.

Out of excitement over Rebel’s accomplishment, she must have done all the stuff like that of the Paparazzi.

 Bownds Once Went Through Legal Issue; What Had Happened?

Back in May 2016, during her daughter Rebel’s defamation trial, Sue was involved legally to support her daughter.

Actually, the Bridesmaid actress claimed a defamation charge against publisher Bauer Media Group which stated that Rebel lied about her name, age, and her upbringing as a middle-class child. In order to provide evidence from Rebel’s side, Sue appeared in the Supreme Court where she said,

 “I accept I’m a bogan, I live, and teach, in the western suburbs of Sydney.”

In court, she also refused the claims made by one of the articles which stated that they were from an upper-class family. In every way, she defended her daughter and later won the case as well.

Is On Social Media

The star mom is hugely active on Facebook under the name Sue E Bownds. She often shares her personal and professional life on her Facebook page. Further, she is also on Instagram with 547 followers. She started using Instagram from the year 2020.

What is ‘ Net Worth?

Sue is reported to have a net worth of around $800k at present. Meanwhile, her famous daughter Rebel Wilson has a staggering net amount of $22 million which she earned through her entertainment career.