Alberta Watson of ’24,’ ‘Nikita,’ has died
Canadian actress Alberta Watson, memorable in TV thriller series Nikita and 24, has died, her talent agency announced Monday. She was 60.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the luminous Alberta Watson,” the statement from the Gary Goddard Agency read.
died in the arms of her beloved (husband) Ken on Saturday March 21, at
Kensington Hospice (in Toronto) after a long and incredibly courageous
battle with cancer.”
The agency said a memorial service is being
planned, with details to come, and that it was accepting messages of
condolences to her family to pass along.
The Toronto-born Watson, who started her career in her teens with a local theater group, is best known for her roles on CW’s Nikita (and the earlier version, La Femme Nikita) as Senator Madeline Pierce.
On 24, she was CTU head Erin Driscoll, who once had to fire Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) for his past heroin addiction.
She also had recurring roles in numerous TV series, including The Border and Angela’s Eyes, according to the IMDb. She was the twisted mom in the 2001 movie version of the rock musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and appeared in David O. Russell’s Spanking the Monkey.
ET Canada reported Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1998, while starring on La Femme Nikita, and producers adapted her role as she underwent chemotherapy and surgery to combat the disease.
Credit: USA Today