Alberta Watson (24’s Erin Driscoll) dies

Canadian actress and former 24 star Alberta Watson has passed away at the age of 60. As 24 fans may know, Alberta Watson portrayed the strict CTU director Erin Driscoll in the fourth season of 24 (and the memorable DVD prequel in which her character fires Jack Bauer from CTU).

24 director Jon Cassar broke the unfortunate news of her passing on his Twitter account late Sunday night.

Alberta Watson’s agent Pam Winter has since confirmed the news in a statement issued to ET Canada: “It is the case, sadly. Alberta passed away on Saturday evening at Kensington Hospice in Toronto. Her husband Ken was by her side. We await details of a memorial service for her.”

Alberta previously worked with 24 co-creator Joel Surnow and director Jon Cassar on the hit cable series La Femme Nikita from 1997 to 2001. They had hoped to cast her in the first season of 24 and wrote the part of “Alberta Green” for her, but that role ultimately went to actress Tamara Tunie.

Watson was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1998 and underwent extensive chemotherapy. In a 1999 interview she said “I don’t want to take my life for granted. So I’ve tried to slow down and really try and smell the roses. Some people don’t get well and we’re all going to die sometime. So I guess just having it in my face made me realize that I want to try and be fulfilled every day as much as possible.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Alberta’s friends and family.


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March 22, 2015 at 10:59 pm
That’s so very sad. May her soul find peace. Seemed like a nice lady.

So sad! :(

I hated Erin but I loved watching her. Her delivery of the line “Stand down, Jack, it’s OVER!” never fails to make me laugh yet make me so angry at the same time.


60? Seemed much younger.

I agree! it’s nice to know you can post without being a douche troll.

Ooooh no

I send my condolences to her family. 60’s a bit young.

Much too young! May she rest in peace!

As I was checking my emails I was just thinking about season 4 praticulary her and I just saw this. RIP

Also why does it say former 24 director Jon Cassar. Did he leave or did I miss something

Because there’s still a chance 24 will never come back

I hated her character but she was brilliant actress. Much respect! Rip!

That is very sad. She was great as Erin Driscoll. RIP Alberta Watson.

Rest in peace…

Very sad about the news. She’ll always be Erin Driscoll in our hearts forever. RIP :-(

May her soul rest in peace, ,,, it’s a sad news anyway but its life….

24 consistently brings wonderful actors to our attention — so many interesting, strong women have been a part of the show and Season 4 benefitted greatly from her presence. Sad to hear of her passing.

hey guys!what is 24 countdown?


Season 4 wasn’t one of my faves, but she played a great part in it!

She was the best part of season four, and it was a real shame that they wrote her out just to make way for Michelle’s return. She had potential as a lasting member of the 24 team, but the writers blew it. I always hoped they’d find a way to work her back into things… I’m disappointed it never came to pass.

Rest in peace.

I’d heard that Alberta wanted to leave the show due to the demanding schedule

That’s so sad, gone far too soon. RIP, Alberta. :-(

I was board so I made a 24 version of the 2048 game. Here: Here is the icons in order (24-Nina-Logan-Michelle-Bill-Audrey-Kim-Palmer-Chloe-Tony and Jack Bauer)

Yeah there is discussion about that on the previous post. I was actually wondering why you weren’t present there.

A version of 24 is in writing stages. A show usually gets a green light after the writing stages.