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Montréal, Québec, Canada
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Terri Schuester in Glee, Boston Public, Nip/Tuck, NYPD Blue, Prison Break, Heroes
Actor/Actress, Soundtrack, Art Department
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Jessalyn Gilsig (born May 26, 1971) is a Canadian actress known for her roles in the television Boston Public, Nip/Tuck and as Will Schuester`s wife Terri Schuester in Glee. She has also appeared in several episodes of NYPD Blue, Prison Break, and Heroes as well as several other series.
Gilsig was born in Montréal, Québec, the daughter of Claire a writer and translator, and Toby Gilsig, an engineer. She began acting at age 12. She attended high school at Trafalgar School for Girls in downtown Montréal. She later attended Harvard University`s American Repertory Theater and attended McGill University from 1989 to 1993, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993. She is married to film producer Bobby Salomon and has a daughter, Penelope, who was born on 26 September 2006. Gilsig is Jewish on her father`s side and had a traditional Jewish Wedding.
She began her career as a voice actress. She has done voices in the films Mascarade and The Journey Home and the television series The Little Flying Bears, Young Robin Hood and Gulliver`s Travels.
In 1995, she moved to New York City where she appeared in several off-Broadway plays. Although she had appeared in several Candian productions in the late 1980s/early 1990s; her television career began during the late 1990s when she guest-starred in several television series, including Viper and Seven Days. However, it was her association David E. Kelley that led to her starring role in Boston Public.
After guest-starring in two episodes of Kelley`s The Practice, Gilsig was cast in two episodes of another Kelley program, the short-lived Snoops. Although the series was cancelled before Gilsig`s episodes were broadcast, Kelley wrote the part of Lauren Davis in Boston Public specifically for her. The series premiered in Spetember 2000 on FOX. Gilsig left the series after the end of the season in May 2002.
Following her departure from Boston Public, Gilsig joined the cast of Nip/Tuck in 2003 as Gina Russo, a role she continued until her character was killed of in 2008. In 2004, she appeared in five episodes of NYPD Blue, followed by four episodes of FOX`s Prison Break in 2005. In early 2006, she guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order.
In addition to her extensive in television and theatre, Gilsig also has some experience with films. She had a small role in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer and provided the speaking voice for Kayley in the animated film Quest for Camelot (Andrea Corr performed the character`s songs), also released in 1998. In 2004, she appeared in Chicks with Sticks as well as See This Movie.
Gilsig currently has recurring roles in three television series. On NBC she plays Shelley, the sister of Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights as well as Claire Bennet`s biological mother, Meredith Gordon, on Heroes. Gilsig plays the supporting role of Terri Schuester on the Fox show Glee. She appeared in one of the lead roles in the 2007 movie Flood.
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Trafalgar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
English, McGill, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
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Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training
Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian actress known for her roles in the television series Boston Public, as Gina Russo in Nip/Tuck and as Will Schuester's wife/ex-wife, Terri Schuester, in Glee and as Siggy, a series regular on the History Channel series Vikings.
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Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Paradigm Talent Agency