Biography

After a successful four-year stint on Guiding Light, the Daytime Emmy-winning Watros tested the prime-time waters with a handful of TV guest appearances before becoming a series regular on the sitcom Titus in 2000. Though the show folded in 2002, the actress continued to take on high-profile TV roles, appearing as a regular on both the Drew Carey Show and Lost. Although the actress was charged with DUI in 2005 during her one-year stint on Lost, she has avoided legal trouble since then, and even returned to guest star on Lost in 2008 and 2010. In 2010, Watros also landed a multi-episode arc on House, playing Dr. Wilson's ex-wife and current girlfriend. Off screen, Watros is married to restaurateur Curtis Gilliland and is the mother of twin daughters.

Fast Facts

  • Raised in a trailer park in Lake Orion, MI, following her parents' divorce; both her father and brother are electrical engineers.
  • As a teenager, survived a three-year bout with immune thrombocytopenia, a life-threatening blood disease.
  • Was one of two opening-night understudies for the 1993-94 off-Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone; Debra Messing was the other.
  • Made her TV debut in a 1994 episode of New York Undercover.
  • Won a Daytime Emmy (Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series) in 1998 for her role on Guiding Light.

Awards

  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Bruce Watros — Father
  • Nancy Salvador — Mother
  • Sadie Anne Marie Gilliland — Daughter
  • Curtis Gilliland — Husband
  • Steven Watros — Brother
  • Emma Rose Marie Gilliland — Daughter

College

  • Attended Macomb Community College, Macomb, MI; Boston University, Boston, MA (BFA)

Details

  • Birth Place: Lake Orion, MI
  • Birthday: September 2, 1968, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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