Betsy Brandt

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Betsy Brandt
Betsy Brandt by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Brandt in July 2012
Born (1973-03-14) March 14, 1973 (age 45)[1][2]
Bay City, Michigan, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (BFA)
Harvard University (MFA)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present
Spouse(s)
Grady Olsen (m. 1996)
Children 2

Betsy Ann Brandt is an American actress. She portrayed Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad and co-stars in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces.

Early life[edit]

Brandt was born in Bay City, Michigan,[3] the daughter of teacher Janet and electrician Gary Brandt.[4] She is of German descent. She graduated from Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan in 1991.[5] Brandt took an interest in theater from an early age, but unlike many of her peers, she was more interested in directing stage musicals than starring in them. After winning the lead in a high school production of Exit the Body, she shifted her focus to acting.

Brandt received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1996.[6][7] She studied for her MFA at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training and studied abroad the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.[3] After graduation, Brandt moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked in theater while appearing in several short films, beginning with Confidence in 1998. She eventually moved to Los Angeles.

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.

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.[8] 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.[6] Her performance was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.[9]

In 2014, Brandt was cast as one of the lead characters in the ABC series Members Only created by Susannah Grant, but the series did not go forward.[10][11][12]

Personal life[edit]

Brandt is married to fellow UIUC graduate Grady Olsen; they have two children.[5][6][13] 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.[3]

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 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
2016 Between Us Gigi
2016 Claire in Motion Claire
2018 We the Coyotes Jeanine

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)"
2004 Back When We Were Grownups Nono Television film
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
2012–2015 Parenthood Sandy 7 episodes
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 7 episodes
2014 Members Only Leslie Holmes Pilot
2014 Mothers of the Bride Haley Snow Television film
2015–present Life in Pieces Heather Hughes Series regular
2017 FANatic Tess Daniels Television film
2017 Flint LeeAnne Walters Television film

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Betsy Brandt". IMDb. Retrieved September 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Betsy Brandt on Twitter". Retrieved 18 April 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c "Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader". AMC. Archived from the original on September 27, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Betsy Brandt switching from Walter White to Michael J. Fox". The Washington Post. McClatchy-Tribune News Service. August 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Bay City's Brandt sinking her teeth into the role of Marie on AMC's 'Breaking Bad'". MLive.com. February 6, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "U of I alum and 'Breaking Bad' star Betsy Brandt". Chicago Sun-Times. July 27, 2013. Archived from the original on August 4, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Actress Betsy Brandt '96 FAA of Breaking Bad talks Hollywood with Illinois Alumni". University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. June 28, 2013. Archived from the original on December 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Conversations with Ross: Featuring Betsy Brandt". Ross Carey.com. 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Michael J. Fox Show Season 1 Review". Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ Etkin, Jaimie; Jarett Wieselman. "Shonda Rhimes Takes Over ABC's Thursday Nights". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Betsy Brandt to co-star in The Club on ABC" (March 2014); accessed April 21, 2014.
  12. ^ Lesley Goldberg. "ABC's 'Members Only' Not Moving Forward (Exclusive) - Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  13. ^ "Betsy Brandt of Breaking Bad". Illinois Alumni Magazine. University of Illinois Alumni Association. June 14, 2013. 

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