Canadian actress Alberta Watson dies at 60
TORONTO — Canadian actress Alberta Watson passed away Saturday after a battle with cancer. She was 60.
Watson died at Toronto’s Kensington Hospice with her husband Ken at her side.
Born in Toronto, Watson began performing in theatre and on television while still in her teens. She moved south and worked for many years in New York and Los Angeles.
Watson eventually returned to Canada and landed a leading role in La Femme Nikita, which ran from 1997 to 2001. A decade later, she had a recurring role as a different character (with the same first name) on the series Nikita.
Watson’s list of credits includes 24, The Newsroom and The Border as well as movies like Away from Her and The Sweet Hereafter.
She was nominated for Genie Awards for her work in 1978’s In Praise of Older Women and 1996’s Shoemaker. Watson earned a Gemini Award in 2011 for her guest role on Heartland.
Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1998.
Many of Watson’s peers and fans took to Twitter to remember her.
When I had to talk to Alberta Watson on set of THE BORDER I was always nervous. I’d loved her in so many things, I was star struck. #cdntv
— Denis McGrath (@DMcWriterboy) March 23, 2015
— Adam Massey (@lee_adam_massey) March 23, 2015
RIP #AlbertaWatson. I had the pleasure of working with her. Lovely woman.
— geoff ewart (@geoffewart) March 23, 2015
I think I’m still in shock about @Alberta_Watson‘s death. I have such wonderful memories, and I can’t believe she’s gone.
— Jen (@athena4lynn) March 23, 2015
RIP Alberta Watson. Madeleine is the most badass character ever. You’ll be missed :'(
— Dylan Matthews (@iHeyes) March 23, 2015
Oh! Deeply saddened to hear the wonderful @Alberta_Watson has died. Best as Madeline in La Femme Nikita/Nikita. Incredible char and actor.
— karen (@karenkathryne) March 23, 2015
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