Vale: Alberta Watson


Veteran Canadian actress Alberta Watson, best known for 24, has died aged 60.

“It is the case, sadly. Alberta passed away on Saturday evening at Kensington Hospice in Toronto”, her agent said. “Her husband Ken was by her side. We await details of a memorial service for her.”

Watson had a career that spanned nearly four decades with credits including King Of Kensington, Hill Street Blues, Buck James, The Equalizer, Law & Order, The Outer Limits, La Femme Nikita and Canadian drama The Newsroom.

On 24 she played Erin Driscoll, the new director of the Los Angeles Counter Terrorist Unit, with her first action being to fire Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland).

Following 24, she returned to US television in Nikita, a reboot of the 1990s series La Femme Nikita in which she also starred. Alberta Watson played Senator Madeline Pierce in a handful of episodes across the show’s first two seasons.

Source: TV Wise.


  1. I don’t think you gave her enough acknowledgement on her role in La Femme Nikita.

    As Madeleine she was a pivotal character in that series.

    In fact she got to be got on 24 because it was created by the same people who made La Femme Nikita.

    If one is to make a comparison between Madeleine and Erin Driscoll, the former was definitely strongest of the two characters.

  2. This is sad news. She was in my favourite so-bad-it’s-good movie of all time – The Keep (1983) by Michael Mann. Her, erm, “love scene” with Scott Glenn is priceless.

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