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Jessalyn Gilsig Biography

Birth Name:
Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
Birth Place:
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • 2009Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner


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