Alberta Watson Biography

Birthday: 1955-03-06
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on "La Femme Nikita" (1997), enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film. A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie nomination for Best Supporting Actress for one of her first movie roles, Mitzi in George Kaczender's In Praise of Older Women (1978). Just a year later, she took home the Best Actress award at the Yorkton Film Festival for the short film "Exposure". Watson then headed to the United States, where she studied with Gene Lasko, made several films (including Michael Mann's stylish horror classic The Keep (1983), with Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen and Gabriel Byrne) and the TV movie Women of Valor (1986) (TV), with Susan Sarandon. After returning to the East Coast, Watson took a chance on a low-budget independent film with then-novice director David O. Russell: the black comedy Spanking the Monkey (1994), which received the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award and multiple Independent Spirit Awards. Watson won rave critical acclaim for her memorable performance as a depressed, deeply-disturbed mother who has an incestuous relationship with her son, played by Jeremy Davies. The next year Watson went on to play the far more stable mother to a teenage computer genius in the box-office smash Hackers (1995), along with Angelina Jolie, and then the wife of mobster John Gotti in the Emmy-nominated Gotti (1996) (TV). She returned to Toronto and continued to seek out interesting roles in independent film, which led her to star in Shoemaker (1996), directed by Colleen Murphy. While the film was not widely released in the United States, Watson's performance did not go unnoticed -she received a second Genie nomination, this time in the Lead Actress category. The following year she won critical praise for another independent film, Atom Egoyan's haunting The Sweet Hereafter (1997), in which she delivered a nuanced performance of an adulterous wife and mourning mother. For this film, she shared the award for Best Acting by an Ensemble (National Board of Review) with Ian Holm, Sarah Polley and the other members of an exceptional cast. The film received the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to earn both Academy Award and Genie nominations. Meanwhile, Watson had begun filming the TV series "La Femme Nikita" (1997), which ran for four years, where she played a character that has become iconic, the tough anti-terrorist strategist Madeline. The cult series earned her a 1998 Gemini nomination and marked the start of an ever-growing fan base, with its main online presence at an unofficial site dedicated to her. Although she has appeared in numerous major commercial releases and hit television shows, during the last ten years Watson has preferred independent (and especially Canadian) productions. She added another prize-winning movie to her credits with the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, where she played Hedwig's twisted mom. The film won the Audience Award and Best Director Award at Sundance. Watson starred later in The Wild Dogs (2002) with director Thom Fitzgerald, which took home top honors at the Atlantic Film Festival. She also appeared as Dr. Fischer in Sarah Polley's feature film directorial debut, the prize-winning Away from Her (2006), with Julie Christie. In addition, she starred opposite Colm Meaney in the feature film A Lobster Tale (2006), a quiet, low-key story which also won several awards. Meanwhile, in television, Watson scored a second Gemini Award nomination for her performance in After the Harvest (2001) (TV), co-starring Sam Shepard. The second installment of Chasing Cain: Face (2002) (TV), garnered her another Gemini nomination as Best Actress in a Leading Role (2003). After that, Watson filmed Choice: The Henry Morgentaler Story (2003) (TV), the story of controversial Canadian physician Dr. Henry Morgentaler, for which she was nominated for yet another Gemini Award in 2005. While she had recurring roles in numerous television shows ("The Newsroom" (2004), "Show Me Yours" (2004), "At the Hotel" (2006), "Angela's Eyes" (2006)), she reached again more international TV audiences when she starred in the fourth season (2004-2005) of the hit Fox series "24" (2001), opposite Kiefer Sutherland and William Devane, playing the role of Erin Driscoll, the head of a counter-terrorist unit. She had the chance to play a different boss-woman (a Minister, and recovering alcoholic) when she joined the cast of other popular prime-time drama, CBC's "The Border" (2008), as a recurring guest star. Most recently Watson was cast as the voice of 350-pound Mary Rutherford in the animated film The Spine (2009) (produced and directed by Academy Award-winning animator Chris Landreth), which took home the Best Film Award at the 2009 Melbourne International Animation Festival. In 2008, Alberta Watson received a Career Achievement Award from the Boston-based Chlotrudis Society for Independent Film. When she is not on location, Watson lives in Toronto.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
La Femme Nikita Madeline / ... 2000
Angela's Eyes Lydia Anderson 2006 Crime
FM (2011) Madeline 2011 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Keep 1983 Reality Tv, Game Show
Best Revenge Dinah 1984 Drama
White of the Eye 1988 Reality Tv
Destiny to Order Thalia / Marla / Nicole 1990 Comedy, Fantasy
The Hitman Christine De Vera 1991 Action, Crime, Thriller
Spanking the Monkey 1994 Comedy, Drama
Hackers 1995 Game Show, 0, 0, Comedy
Giant Mine 1996 Drama
The Sweet Hereafter 1997 Drama
Seeds of Doubt Jennifer Kingsley 1998 Thriller
Shoemaker Anna 1998
Sweet Angel Mine Megan 1999 Thriller
Desire Simone 2000 Drama, Romance, Thriller
The Art of Woo 2001
Tart Lily Storm 2001 0, 0
Chasing Cain Denise McGoogan 2001
Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hansel's Mom 2001 Comedy, Drama, Music
The Wild Dogs Natalie 2002 Drama
Deeply 2003 Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Vendetta: No Conscience, No Mercy Anne Phelan 2004 Crime, Drama, Action
My Brother's Keeper Helen Woods 2004 Drama, Sport
Murder in the Hamptons 2005 Drama, Mystery
Citizen Duane 2006
Away from Her 2006
A Lobster Tale Martha Brewer 2006 0, 0
The Lookout 2007 Game Show, Comedy
Some Things That Stay Liz Anderson 2007 Drama, Romance
Helen Dr. Sherman 2008
Growing Op Marilla 2008 Comedy, Drama
Gotti Victoria Gotti 2018 Game Show, Comedy, 0, 0