'24' Actress Alberta Watson Dies at 60

Alberta Watson - H 2015
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Alberta Watson - H 2015

The Canadian actress, who also had roles in the 'La Femme Nikita' and 'Nikita' TV series, passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Alberta Watson, a Canadian actress who had roles in the 24 and Nikita dramas over a four-decade movie and TV career, has died. She was 60.

Her Gary Goddard Agency rep, Pam Winter, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Watson passed away on Saturday at Toronto’s Kensington Hospice after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Ken was at her side.

Born in Toronto, Watson started out in acting with a local theater group, and by the 1970s had regular Canadian film and TV roles. She played Dr. Rebecca Myer in the 1980s Buck James TV series, and Erin Driscoll, the head of a counter-terrorist unit, in 24.

After performing the lead role of Madelaine on the Canadian-made La Femme Nikita series between 1997 and 2001, Watson later played the recurring role of Senator Madeline Pierce on the CW’s follow-up Nikita series, also shot in Toronto. Her Canadian TV series credits include roles in Heartland, The Newsroom, The Border and Show Me Yours.

No details are available on a memorial service for Watson.