Alberta Watson

Actor
One of Canada's most prolific character actresses with over 100 film and TV credits to her name, Alberta Watson was best-known for her performances in "Spanking The Monkey" (1994), "La Femme Nikita" (USA Network ... Read more »
Born: 03/06/1955 in Toronto, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (54)

A Lobster Tale 2014 (Movie)

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Irish Eyes Are Crying 2014 (Movie)

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The Spine 2014 (Movie)

Mary Rutherford (Voice)

Nikita 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Helen 2010 (Movie)

Dr. Watson (Actor)

Citizen Duane 2009 (Movie)

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Away From Her 2007 (Movie)

Dr Fischer (Actor)

The Lookout 2007 (Movie)

Barbara Pratt (Actor)

Angela's Eyes 2006 (Tv Show)

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24 2005 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1991 - 1992, 1996 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Show Me Yours 1996 - 2001, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Some Things That Stay 2004 (Movie)

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Soul Food 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The Prince & Me 2004 (Movie)

Amy Morgan (Actor)

Missing 2003 (Tv Show)

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The Wild Dogs 2003 (Movie)

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The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch 2001 (Movie)

Hansel's Mother (Actor)

La Femme Nikita 1996 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Art of Woo 2000 (Movie)

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Deeply 1999 (Movie)

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Desire 1999 (Movie)

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Bullet 1997 (Movie)

Ellen O'Leary (Actor)

Seeds of Doubt 1997 (Movie)

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The Girl Next Door 1997 (Movie)

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The Sweet Hereafter 1997 (Movie)

Risa Walker (Actor)

Sweet Angel Mine 1996 (Movie)

Megan (Actor)

Hackers 1995 (Movie)

Lauren Murphy (Actor)

Shoemaker 1995 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Spanking the Monkey 1994 (Movie)

Susan Aibelli (Actor)

Zebrahead 1992 (Movie)

Phyliss (Actor)

The Hitman 1991 (Movie)

Christine De Vera (Actor)

Destiny to Order 1989 (Movie)

Thalia (Actor)

Shannon's Deal 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Buck James 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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White of the Eye 1988 (Movie)

Anne Mason (Actor)

Best Revenge 1983 (Movie)

Dinah (Actor)

The Keep 1982 (Movie)

Eva (Actor)

Dirty Tricks 1981 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Soldier 1981 (Movie)

Susan Goodman (Actor)

In Praise of Older Women 1979 (Movie)

Mitzi (Actor)

Stone Cold Dead 1979 (Movie)

Olivia Page (Actor)

Power Play 1978 (Movie)

Donna (Actor)

A Child Is Missing (TV Show)

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After the Harvest (TV Show)

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Guilt By Association (TV Show)

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Kane & Abel (TV Show)

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Murder in Space (TV Show)

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Murder in the Hamptons (TV Show)

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Red Earth, White Earth (TV Show)

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Women of Valor (TV Show)

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Biography

One of Canada's most prolific character actresses with over 100 film and TV credits to her name, Alberta Watson was best-known for her performances in "Spanking The Monkey" (1994), "La Femme Nikita" (USA Network, 1997-2001) and "24" (Fox, 2001-2010). Born in Toronto, Ontario in 1955, Watson first began performing at her hometown's theater group aged 15 before landing her first on screen role in the Bonanno crime family biopic "Honor Thy Father" (CBC, 1973). Watson garnered awards attention five years later when she played Mitzi in post-WWII drama "In Praise of Older Women" (1978), and went onto star as a covert operations directive in "The Soldier" (1982), crew member Dominica in sci-fi whodunit "Murder in Space" (1985) and Lt. Helen Prescott in prisoner of war drama "Women of Valor" (1986). Watson then landed two recurring small screen roles, firstly as district attorney Amy Steiner in legal miniseries "Fortune Dane" (ABC, 1986), and secondly as Dr. Rebecca Meyer in medical drama "Buck James" (ABC, 1987-88), and added the likes of TV movie "Red Earth, White Earth" (1989), Chuck Norris vehicle "The Hitman" (1991) and interracial love story "Zebrahead" (1992) to her filmography. Cast by David O. Russell in his directorial debut, "Spanking The Monkey" (1994), Watson delivered one of her most memorable performances as a bed-ridden mother, and continued to impress as mobster's daughter Victoria in crime epic "Gotti" (HBO, 1996), love interest Anna in romantic drama "Shoemaker" (1996) and grief-stricken adulterer Risa in Oscar-nominated "The Sweet Hereafter" (1997). Following a four season stint as anti-terrorist strategist Madeline in action series "La Femme Nikita" (USA Network, 1997-2001), Watson appeared as Hansel's mother in cult classic "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (2001), a homicide detective in murder mystery "Chasing Cain" (2001), and its 2002 TV movie spin-off, and diplomat's wife Natalie in interweaving drama "The Wild Dogs" (2002). Watson also shone as a regular on TV news satire "The Newsroom" (CBC, 2003-04) and romantic comedy "Show Me Yours" (Showcase, 2004-05) before landing arguably the most high-profile role of her career, CTU director Erin Driscoll, in the fourth season of small screen phenomenon "24" (Fox, 2001-10). Watson then returned to Canadian cinema with parts in comedy "Citizen Duane" (2006), and Sarah Polley's touching directorial debut "Away From Her" (2006), but also kept one foot in Hollywood with appearances in fable "A Lobster Tale" (2006), heist movie "The Lookout" (2007) and emotional drama "Helen" (2009). Following an eight-episode stint on immigration and customs drama "The Border" (CBS, 2008-2010), Watson reprised her role of Madeline, now a Senator, in the reboot, "Nikita" (The CW, 2010-13), but sadly it proved to be her final screen appearance, as after a long battle with cancer, Watson died in her Toronto hometown in 2015, aged 60.

Milestones

2004

Appears as Erin Driscoll in fourth season of "24" (Fox, 2001-2010)

1997

Cast as Madeline in "La Femme Nikita" (USA, 1997-2001)

1994

Plays Susan in David O. Russell's directorial debut, "Spanking The Monkey"

Bonus Trivia

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Watson made multiple guest appearances on the likes of "Street Legal" (CBC, 1987-1994), "Law and Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "At The Hotel" (CBC, 2006) and "Angela's Eyes" (Lifetime, 2006). 

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