Jessalyn Gilsig

Actor, Painter
A pretty, honey blonde Canadian import with extensive United States theater credits, Jessalyn Gilsig launched her career as a David E Kelley protege of sorts, guesting on "The Practice" (ABC), winning a never-to-be-seen ... Read more »
Born: 11/30/1971 in Montreal, Quebec, CA

Filmography

Actor (39)

Rescue Dogs 2016 (Movie)

(Voice)

Angels and Ornaments 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Glee 2000 - 2002, 2009 - 2013, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vikings 2000 - 2002, 2009 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

7 Days 1996 - 2002, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hockey Mom 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shatner's Raw Nerve 2000 - 2002, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Somewhere Slow 2014 (Movie)

Anna Thompson (Actor)

The Sentinel 1996 - 2002, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Viper 1996 - 2002, 2009 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Public 2000 - 2002, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smart Cookies 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

About Fifty 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 8th Annual TV Land Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepfather 2009 (Movie)

Julie King (Actor)

XIII: The Conspiracy 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

CSI: New York 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Friday Night Lights 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Heroes 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2003 - 2006, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Prom Night 2008 (Movie)

Aunt Karen Turner (Actor)

The Flood 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

See This Movie 2006 (Movie)

Annie Nicole (Actor)

Fathers and Sons 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Prison Break 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Haunted 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Practice 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quest for Camelot 1998 (Movie)

of Kayley (Voice)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

Lucy (Actor)

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Student's Girlfriend (Actor)

The Journey Home 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

A Cooler Climate (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal (Tv Show)

Actor

Young Robin Hood (TV Show)

Voice
Producer (1)

Somewhere Slow 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)
Art Department (1)

The Station Agent 2003 (Movie)

Original Artwork (Concept Artist)

Biography

A pretty, honey blonde Canadian import with extensive United States theater credits, Jessalyn Gilsig launched her career as a David E Kelley protege of sorts, guesting on "The Practice" (ABC), winning a never-to-be-seen regular role on his doomed spy series "Snoops" (ABC) and starring on his controversial high school-set drama "Boston Public" (Fox) in a role written with her in mind. Born and raised in Montreal, the actress got her start in voice-over work at age 12, bringing life to animator Co Hoedeman's "Masquerade" for the National Film Board of Canada in 1984. She was featured in 1989's "The Journey Home", another Film Board production, and had a cameo in the romantic drama "Jacknife" starring Robert De Niro that same year.

Relationships

Toby Gilsig

Father

Clare Gilsig

Mother

Deborah Gilsig

Sister
Born c. 1968

Bobby Salomon Producer

Husband
Met in high school and married in 2006 filed for divorce in October 2010 after being separated for almost a year

Penelope Salomon

Daughter
Born Sept. 26, 2006 father, Bobby Salomon

EDUCATION

McGill University

1989 - 1993

Trafalgar School For Girls

American Repertory Theater

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1993 - 1995
Located in the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University

Milestones

2009

Cast in the supporting role of Terri Schuester on the FOX series, "Glee"

2007

Played Shelley, the sister of Tami Taylor, in NBC's "Friday Night Lights"

2007

Cast as Claire Bennet's biological mother, Meredith Gordon, on NBC's "Heroes"

2006

Co-starred in "See This Movie," a "mockumentary" about a documentary filmmaker making a movie for the 2003 Montreal Film Festival

2005

Appeared in four episodes of "Prison Break" (FOX)

2004

Joined the cast of ABC's "NYPD Blue," for five episodes as a new detective

2003

Cast as the conning sex-addicted love interest of Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) on the F/X drama, "Nip/Tuck"

2000

Cast as teacher Lauren Davis, the head of the history department, in David E. Kelley's high school-set drama, "Boston Public" (FOX)

1999

Had a two episode recurring role on "The Practice," playing Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Liner

1999

Featured as Sally Field's estranged daughter in "A Cooler Climate", premiered on Showtime

1999

Set to replace departing star Paula Marshall on the David E. Kelley spy series, "Snoops" (ABC); show was cancelled before her episodes were aired

1998

Had a supporting role in the drama feature, "The Horse Whisperer"

1998

Voiced the character of Kayley in "Quest for Camelot"

1998

Co-starred in the Playwrights Horizons presentation of "Gun-Shy," as a neurotic anorexic with a fixation on married men

1997

Had early New York stage credit with "Mere Mortals and Others," a collection of six one-act plays produced at Primary Stages

1996

Featured in the American Repertory Theatre production of Moliere's "Tartuffe"

1995

Moved to New York City

1995

With American Repertory Theatre, co-starred as Miranda in "The Tempest"

1994

Featured in the American Repertory Theatre production of the Aeschylus trilogy, "The Orestia"

1991

Had early TV voice-over credit on the syndicated series, "Young Robin Hood"

1989

Acted in the National Film Board of Canada short, "The Journey Home"

1989

Had early feature film credit with a cameo in "Jacknife," starring Robert De Niro in the title role

1984

Landed her first role as the voice of a puppet in "Masquerade," an animated short produced by the National Film Board of Canada

Began acting at age 12

Bonus Trivia

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Gilsig on series television: "I like it. It's a lot of work - pretty much your whole life. But luckily, my first exposure to a series is something I'm really proud of." - quoted in the New Jersey newspaper, The Record, Jan. 20, 2001

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