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  • Launched her acting career at the age of 12, doing voice-over work for animator Co Hoedeman's program Masquerade for the National Film Board of Canada.
  • Did voice-overs for Canadian cartoons while attending college.
  • After graduating from McGill University, attended the Harvard-sponsored Institute of Advanced Theater Training at the American Repertory Theater for two years, appearing in productions of The Tempest and Tartuffe.
  • Made guest appearances in two 1999 episodes of David E. Kelley's legal drama The Practice; Kelley then cast her in his short-lived ABC dramedy Snoops, before writing the role of Lauren Davis on Boston Public specifically for her.
  • Originally trained in painting, she worked on the art pieces for Patricia Clarkson's character in the indie drama The Station Agent (2003).
  • Speaks fluent French.


  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Winner


  • Toby Gilsig — Father
  • Clare Gilsig — Mother
  • Bobby Salomon — Husband (separated)
  • Penelope Clare Salomon — Daughter
  • Deborah Gilsig — Sister


  • McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (BA in English, 1993)

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  • Birth Name: Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
  • Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Profession: Actor

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