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Alberta Watson

Well known to television audiences as Madeline on the cable hit La Femme Nikita, Toronto native, Alberta Watson received a Best Supporting Actress Genie nomination for one of her first movie roles, In Praise of Older Women. One year later, she took home the Best Actress award at the Yorkton Film Festival for Exposure. Watson then headed to the United States, where she studied with Gene Lasko, made several films including the cult horror classic The Keep with Sir Ian McKellan, and the TV movie Woman of Valor with Susan Sarandon. She was the lead in the very controversial indie hit Spanking the Monkey, directed by David O. Russell.

She later went on to work with Colleen Murphy in the film Shoemaker that garnered her a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role. Atom Egoyan then cast Watson in The Sweet Hereafter which won the Grand Prize of the jury at Cannes plus Academy Award and Genie nominations. Meanwhile, Watson had begun filming the TV series, La Femme Nikita, which earned her a 1998 Gemini nomination and a continuing fan base at www.albertawatson.com.

Watson's many film credits include Desire, directed by Colleen Murphy, and Deeply, co-starring Lynn Redgrave and Kirsten Dunst, both of which debuted at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, Tart, with Melanie Griffith, Brad Renfro, and Dominique Swain, and Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell and Steven Trask, which won the Audience Award and Best Director Award at Sundance.

In 2001, Watson scored a second Gemini Award Nomination for her performance in After the Harvest. Her other TV movie, Chasing Cain garnered multiple Gemini nominations as well. Watson starred in Wild Dogs with director Thom Fitzgerald which took home top honors at the Atlantic Film Festival. Watson's voice can be heard in the animated short, Penguins Behind Bars.

In spring 2002, she starred in Guilt by Association, along with Mercedes Ruehl followed by the second installment of Chasing Cain Face and the TV movie The Risen. In late 2002, Watson filmed Choice, the story of controversial Canadian physician Dr. Henry Morgentaler, in Montreal and got another Gemini nomination. Latterly, she has worked on the features The Prince and Me (Lions Gate Films), Some Things that Stay, My Brother¹s Keeper, Perseverance, and Citizen Duane. She had recurring roles on Producer/Director Ken Finkleman's two television shows The Newsroom and At the Hotel as well as Show Me Yours for Showcase.

In 2005 she starred in the fourth season of the hit Fox series 24 opposite Keifer Sutherland and William Devane.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Alberta Watson Facts

Birth NameFaith Susan Alberta Watson
BirthdayMarch 6, 1955 (68)
BirthplaceToronto, Ontario, Canada
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Alberta Watson compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Hedwig and the Angry Inch
The Prince and Me
The Keep
Away from Her
La Femme Nikita: The Complete Seasons 1-5
La Femme Nikita: Season 4
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