Wanted .. Rebel Wilson was in LA when Bondi police made the mistake of trying to track her down locally.

Wanted .. Rebel Wilson was in LA when Bondi police made the mistake of trying to track her down locally. Photo: Getty Images

After a string of hit movies and rave reviews for hosting this year's MTV Movie Awards, actress Rebel Wilson knew she was in demand, but she didn't know she was wanted.

Based in Los Angeles, Wilson was surprised recently to receive a text message from Packed to the Rafters star Hugh Sheridan saying the police were looking for her.

“He texted me saying where are you, are you back in Australia? The Bondi police are looking for you, you've apparently been drunk and doing these crimes,” the Bridesmaids star told 2Day FM's Kyle & Jackie O Show on Tuesday.

“Apparently this girl in Bondi got totally smashed, and was convincing people that she was me, including the police, and saying that she lived with Hugh Sheridan, because we're both actors and [therefore] would be friends.”

“She must be a bit fat,” added Wilson, who was happy to make a joke at her own expense in order to have a dig at her wayward impersonator and by implication the constabulary. “I'm quite distinctive, if anyone Googled me. But the police didn't. The police went straight to calling Hugh Sheridan at 2.30 in the morning Australian time, trying to hunt me down.”

Sheridan was a little more circumspect, first checking he wasn't the one dealing with an impersonator.

“Hugh thought it was a prank, so he called back the number and it was the Bondi police station.”

It was only then Sheridan was convinced the police were genuinely seeking Rebel, without a cause.