Character actresses are not as common as their male counterparts in today`s film industry. However, Alberta Watson made a name for herself by specializing in a certain type of character. Since her career began in the late 1970s, she repeatedly played sultry maternal types, and in particular cool, no-nonsense women. She is usually remembered for her role as Senator Madeline Pierce on the cult cable-TV series Nikita. Alberta Watson had battled lymphoma for a number of a years and died in Toronto a couple of weeks after turning 60.
War Brides (TV-1980) Black Mirror (1981) Dirty Tricks (1981) Best Revenge (1982) The Soldier (1982) The Keep (1983) Murder in Space (TV-1985) Women of Valor (TV-1986) White of the Eye (1987) Red Earth, White Earth (TV-1989) Shannon’s Deal (TV-1989)
Destiny to Order (1990) The Hitman (1991) Zebrahead (1992) Frame-up (TV-1993) Relentless: Mind of a Killer (TV-1993) Spanking the Monkey (1994) Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence (TV-1994) A Child is Missing (TV-1995) Hackers (1995) Sweet Angel Mine (1996) Shoemaker (1996) Seeds of Doubt (1996) Bullet (1996) Gotti (TV-1996) Giant Mine (TV-1996) The Sweet Hereafter (1997) The Life Before This (1999) The Girl Next Door (TV-1999)
Tart (2000) Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2000) Desire (2000) Deeply (2000) Chasing Cain (2000) After the Harvest (2001) The Art of Woo (2001) Guilt by Association (TV-2001) Irish Eyes (2002) The Wild Dogs (2002) Chasing Cain: Face (TV-2002) The Risen (TV-2002) Penguins Behind Bars (voice, TV-2003) Irish Eyes (2002) Choice (TV-2003) The Prince & Me (2004) My Brother`s Keeper (2004) Irish Eyes (2004) Some Things That Stay (2004) Murder in the Hamptons (TV-2005) Away from Her (2006) A Lobster Tale (2006) Citizen Duane (2006) The Lookout (2007) Growing Op (2008) Helen (2008) The Spine (voice, 2009, short)
TV Series – Cast: Kane & Abel (1985, mini-series) Buck James (1987) Island Son (1989) La Femme Nikita (1997-2000) The Newsoom (2004) Show Me Yours (2004) 24 (2005) Angela`s Eyes (2006) The Border (2008-2010)