Alberta Watson

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Art of Woo (2001)
Birthday: Mar 6, 1955
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Prolific Canadian actress Alberta Watson is best known for her work in off-center independent films and the syndicated TV series La Femme Nikita. Born and raised in Toronto, Watson began performing in local theater productions as a teenager. After garnering a Genie nomination for one of her first films, the steamy In Praise of Older Women (1978), Watson earned parts in several Canadian features, including Stone Cold Dead (1980) and a starring role in Black Mirror (1981). Moving to the U.S. in the early '80s, Watson continued to work regularly, scoring co-starring roles with Scott Glen in Michael Mann's stylish World War II horror movie The Keep (1983); Susan Sarandon in the TV movie Women of Valor (1986); and in cult director Donald Cammel's second-to-last feature White of the Eye (1987). Watson found 1990s indie film success as the incestuous mother to Jeremy Davies' put-upon teen in neophyte director David O. Russell's unusual black comedy (and Sundance prize winner) Spanking the Monkey (1994). After playing a more conventional mother in Hackers (1995), Watson returned to Canada, appearing in the romantic drama Sweet Angel Mine (1996) and earning another Genie nomination for Shoemaker (1996). Watson marked her greatest artistic success the following year as a mourning mother and adulterous wife in Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter (1997). Her role as tough anti-terrorist strategist Madeline in the TV version of the female assassin drama La Femme Nikita brought her more attention and critical approbation. Following her 1997-2000 stint on the show, Watson added another Sundance Film Festival prizewinner to her credit (and another notable maternal role) with her performance as the title character's mother in the transgender rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001). In 2004, she joined the fourth season of 24 as the new director of CTU in Los Angeles. When La Femme Nikita was revamped as the CW series Nikita, Watson joined the cast in a recurring role, playing a senator. Watson died in 2015, at age 60.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
44% Helen Dr. Sherman 2010
No Score Yet Growing Op Marilla 2008
No Score Yet Helen Mirren At The Bbc Actor 2008
87% The Lookout Barbara Pratt $4.6M 2007
94% Away From Her Dr. Fischer $15.9M 2007
33% Citizen Duane Bonnie Balfour 2006
No Score Yet A Lobster Tale Martha Brewer 2006
No Score Yet Murder in the Hamptons (Million Dollar Murder) Natalie Safran 2005
No Score Yet Some Things That Stay Liz Anderson 2004
No Score Yet Run Away Home Actor 2004
No Score Yet My Brother's Keeper Helen Woods 2004
28% The Prince & Me Amy Morgan $28.2M 2004
No Score Yet Guilt by Association Angie 2002
50% The Wild Dogs Natalie 2002
No Score Yet Tart Lilly 2002
No Score Yet Irish Eyes Anne Phelan 2002
20% Deeply Fiona McKay 2001
0% The Art of Woo Caterin 2001
No Score Yet After the Harvest Amelia Gare 2001
93% Hedwig and the Angry Inch Hansel's Mom $1.6M 2001
No Score Yet Lapitch the Little Shoemaker Actor 1999
80% The Life Before This Anita 1999
No Score Yet The Girl Next Door Mary Bradley 1998
100% The Sweet Hereafter Risa Walker 1997
60% Gotti Victoria Gotti 1996
No Score Yet Seeds of Doubt Actor 1996
33% Hackers Lauren Murphy 1995
91% Spanking the Monkey Susan Aibelli 1994
No Score Yet Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Deborah Walsh Bradford 1994
75% Zebrahead Phyliss 1992
13% The Hitman Christine De Vera 1991
No Score Yet Snake Treaty Actor 1989
43% White of the Eye Ann Mason 1987
No Score Yet Women of Valor 2LT 1986
No Score Yet Murder in Space Dominica Mastrelli 1985
No Score Yet Best Revenge (Misdeal) Dinah 1984
40% The Keep Eva 1983
No Score Yet The Soldier Susan Goodman 1982
No Score Yet Dirty Tricks Tony 1981
No Score Yet Stone Cold Dead Olivia Page 1979
No Score Yet In Praise of Older Women Mitzi 1978
No Score Yet Power Play Wonna 1978

TV

CREDIT
81% Nikita
2010-2013
Madeline
  • 2012
  • 2011
86% 24
2001-2014
Erin Driscoll
  • 2010
  • 2005
No Score Yet La Femme Nikita
1997-2001
Madeline
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
Lynda Tillman
  • 1995
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Charlotte Hanley Angela Brandt Angela Brant
  • 1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
Taffy Carla
  • 1989
  • 1985

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