Australian actress Rebel Wilson has been ordered by a court to pay back AUS$4.1 million (€2.6 million) of the $4.7 million sum that she was awarded last year in a defamation case.

The 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Bridesmaids' star was awarded the landmark payout last September, after taking a case against Bauer Media for a series of articles that suggested that she had lied about her age and her alleged "upper-middle-class" background in order to further her career.

However, an appeal lodged by the media company in early June led to the decision that she was not entitled to $3.9 million in loss of earnings, and a further ruling this morning has seen her ordered to repay $4.1 million - plus a further $60,000+ in interest - after the original judgement was overruled. She was also ordered to pay 80% of Bauer's costs for the appeal.

It leaves her with less than 12% of the original sum awarded. 

Wilson has not yet commented on the ruling.