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"Beautiful, smart and ever so courageous. I'll miss her."
Director Jon Cassar on Twitter, after finding out about Watson's death

Alberta Watson (March 6, 1955March 21, 2015; age 60) - played Erin Driscoll during Season 4 of 24.

Biography and career[]

Alberta Watson's name was the basis for the character Alberta Green in Season 1 of 24. Joel Surnow, who also created her previous series La Femme Nikita, wanted to put her in an arc but the network wanted somebody else. The role was renamed "Alberta Green" in her honour and given to Tamara Tunie.

In 2005, she finally joined the cast in the show's fourth season playing CTU Director Erin Driscoll. After just twelve episodes, however, Driscoll was written out of the series, reportedly at Watson's request due to the stressful work schedule.

Watson got her first role at age 19 in first role was in a CBC movie called Honor Thy Father. Early in her career she portrayed the role of Mitzi in George Kaczender's In Praise of Older Women (1978), for which she received a Genie nomination. A year later she received the Best Actress award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Exposure. She then moved Los Angeles, California and later to New York.

Watson played the major role of Madeline in the TV series La Femme Nikita for four seasons from 1997-2001 (with guest appearances in the short fifth season). During the show's second season (in 1998), Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma, for which she had to undergo chemotherapy treatment which caused her to lose her hair. Producers at Nikita worked around her treatment and limited her appearances. Watson wore wigs in the show when she lost her hair. But, when her hair started to grow, she sported the short haircut in her role as Madeline in the show's third season.

Alberta Watson died on March 21, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.[1]

24 credits[]

Selected filmography[]

  • Helen (2009)
  • Growing Op (2008)
  • The Lookout (2007)
  • A Lobster Tale (2006)
  • Tart (2001)
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)
  • The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
  • Hackers (1995)
  • Spanking the Monkey (1994)
  • The Keep (1983)

Television appearances

  • Nikita (2011-2012)
  • Heartland (2010)
  • The Border (2008)
  • Angela's Eyes (2006)
  • The Newsroom (2004)
  • La Femme Nikita (1997-2001)
  • The Outer Limits (1995)
  • Law & Order (1991, 1992)
  • Street Legal (1987, 1989)
  • The Equalizer (1985, 1989)
  • Hill Street Blues (1984)


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