Betsy Brandt

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Betsy Brandt
Betsy Brandt by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Born (1973-11-14) November 14, 1973 (age 41)
Bay City, Michigan, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s) Grady Olsen
Children 2

Betsy Ann Brandt (born November 14, 1973) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad.

Early life[edit]

Brandt, who is of German descent, was born in Bay City, Michigan,[1] the daughter of teacher Janet and electrician Gary.[2] She graduated from Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan in 1991.[3]

She received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.[4][5] She studied theater at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.[1]

Career[edit]

In theater, Brandt has acted in performances of Much Ado About Nothing with the Arizona Theatre Company, Control+Alt+Delete with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Beth Henley's Ridiculous Fraud, Julia Cho's The Language Archive with South Coast Repertory, and Next Fall with Geffen Playhouse. She has had guest roles on the television shows Without a Trace, Judging Amy, ER, Boston Legal, The Practice, and NCIS. She also appeared in Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo bay in 2006. From 2008 to 2013, Brandt portrayed Marie Schrader in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. She auditioned for three different roles before being offered the part of Marie.[6] In 2012, she was cast as Sandy in Parenthood. Brandt was cast as Annie Henry on The Michael J. Fox Show, which premiered in September 2013.[4] Her performance was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.[7]

In 2014, Brandt was cast as one of the lead characters in the ABC cutting edge of the class structure in America series Members Only created by Susannah Grant.[8][9]

Personal life[edit]

Brandt is married to fellow UIUC graduate Grady Olsen; they have two children.[3][4][10] She gave birth to her second child in 2008 while the second season of Breaking Bad was in production. Brandt and her family reside in Los Angeles, California.[1]

On June 6, 2010, Brandt was honored as the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus at the Bay City Western High School commencement, and was a featured speaker.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Confidence Natasha Short film
2001 Memphis Bound and Gagged The Director
2001 The Red Boot Diaries Rachel Short film
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Nono Television film
2004 Shelf Life Nikki Reynolds
2005 All Features Great and Small Jennifer Short film
2011 Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Madame Zaleski
2012 Magic Mike Banker
2013 The Professor The Professor Short film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Judging Amy Elizabeth Granson Episode: "Imbroglio"
2002 JAG Leslie Rosenbaum Episode: "The Promised Land"
2003 ER Franny Myers Episode: "Death and Taxes"
2003 Without a Trace Libby Coulter 2 episodes
2003 The Guardian Sofia Trokey Episode: "The Intersection"
2004 NCIS PO Barbara Swain Episode: "The Good Wives Club"
2004 The Practice Lynda Hobbs Episode: "Adjourned (AKA Cheers)"
2005 Medical Investigation Karen Banks Episode: "Ice Station"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dawn Hanson Episode: "Burn Out"
2006 Close to Home Karen Randall Episode: "Reasonable Doubts"
2007 Boston Legal Gwen Richards Episode: "Hope and Gory"
2007 Side Order of Life Sara Rose Episode: "Aliens"
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Marie Schrader 51 episodes
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2013)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2011–2012)
2010 The Whole Truth Sister Theresa Bendicta Episode: "Thicker Than Water"
2010 Miami Medical Dana Episode: "Medicine Man"
2011 No Ordinary Family Dr. Lena Hopkins Episode: "No Ordinary Double Standard"
2011–2012 Private Practice Joanna Gibbs 2 episodes
2012 Parenthood Sandy Episode: "Trouble in Candyland"
2012 Fairly Legal Natalie Roberts Episode: "Shattered"
2013 Body of Proof Susan Hart Episode: "Eye for an Eye"
2013–2014 The Michael J. Fox Show Annie Henry 22 episodes
2014 Masters of Sex Barbara 4 episodes
2014 Members Only Leslie Holmes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader". AMC. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Betsy Brandt switching from Walter White to Michael J. Fox". Washington Post. McClatchy-Tribune News Service. August 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Bay City's Brandt sinking her teeth into the role of Marie on AMC's 'Breaking Bad'". MLive.com (MLive Media Group). February 6, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "U of I alum and ‘Breaking Bad’ star Betsy Brandt". Chicago Sun-Times. July 27, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Actress Betsy Brandt '96 FAA of Breaking Bad talks Hollywood with Illinois Alumni". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Conversations with Ross: Featuring Betsy Brandt". Ross Carey.com. 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Michael J. Fox Show Season 1 Review". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ Etkin, Jaimie; Jarett Wieselman. "Shonda Rhimes Takes Over ABC's Thursday Nights". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  9. ^ "Betsy Brandt to co-star in The Club on ABC" (March 2014); accessed April 21, 2014.
  10. ^ "Betsy Brandt of Breaking Bad". Illinois Alumni Magazine. University of Illinois Alumni Association. June 14, 2013. 

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