Bree Williamson

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Bree Williamson
Born (1979-12-28) December 28, 1979 (age 36)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Josh Evans (m. 2005; div. 2007)
Michael Roberts (m. 2008)

Bree Williamson Roberts (born December 28, 1979) is a Canadian actress.

Career[edit]

After graduating from Bayview Glen School, she completed her education at the University of Toronto. She played the role of Jessica Buchanan on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live from February 5, 2003 until the series cancelation in 2012. The character is the daughter of original character Viki Lord Buchanan (played by Daytime Emmy Award-winner Erika Slezak since 1971), and gave Williamson the opportunity to portray Jessica's alternate personalities "Tess", from 2005 to 2006 and again starting in 2008 and 2011.

Williamson had previously auditioned for a role on OLTL but was rejected because of her resemblance to actress Erin Torpey, who was playing Jessica Buchanan on the show at the time. When Torpey resigned in January 2003, Williamson was remembered by the casting department and offered the role of Jessica.[citation needed]

In 2009, 2010 and 2011 Williamson was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for the role of Jessica.[2] In 2009, Williamson appeared as Brandeis on Gossip Girl in the episode "The Grandfather: Part II"; she reprised the role in the 2010 episode "The Empire Strikes Jack". In 2012, Williamson joined the cast of Haven as Dr. Claire Callahan for Season 3, which began airing in September 2012. In 2013, Williamson appeared in flashbacks as Vivian Banks, the murder victim in the NBC TV series Deception.[3]

In 2015, Williamson appeared as April Littleton, a famous photographer going back to her hometown, in Portrait of Love, which premiered on Hallmark Channel on March 7.[3] On May 26, 2016, it was announced that Williamson would originate the role of Claudette Beaulieu on July 5, 2016, on General Hospital.[4][5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On December 29, 2005 Williamson married Josh Evans. In the July 3, 2007 edition of Soap Opera Digest, she announced that she and Evans had separated in June 2007; they later divorced. In the September 2006 issue of ABC Soaps in Depth, Williamson revealed she had just received her green card and proudly proclaimed, "Now you can't kick me out!"[9]

In 2006 Williamson was a co-host for the Planned Parenthood Awards, which honor individuals and organizations for "their contributions to protecting women's rights."[10] She also appeared in a public service announcement for breast cancer awareness.[11][12] In 2008, Williamson married Michael Roberts.[13] On September 21, 2010, Williamson and Roberts welcomed their first child, McGreggor Edward Roberts.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Carol Anne Episode: "School's Out"
2001 Doc Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart"
2001 Earth: Final Conflict Victim Episode: "Termination"
2002 Odyssey 5 Kid #2 Episode: "Kitten"
2002 Mutant X Miranda Davis Episode: "Crossroads of the Soul"
2002 National Lampoon's Adam & Eve Andrea Film
2003–12 One Life to Live Jessica Buchanan Regular role (667 episodes)
2009 Gossip Girl Brandeis Episode: "The Grandfather: Part II"
2010 Gossip Girl Brandeis Episode: "The Empire Strikes Jack"
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Amber Donelli Episode: "Gods & Insects"
2012 Haven Claire Callahan Recurring role (season 3; 11 episodes)
2013 Deception Vivian Bowers Recurring role (6 episodes)
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Becca Sabin Episode: "Dead of the Class"
2013 Sins of the Preacher Debbie Martin Television movie
2014 True Detective Jennifer Episode: "The Locked Room"
2015 A Mother Betrayed Lisa Television movie
2015 Chicago Fire Beth Pridgen Episodes: "Call It Paradise," "Headlong Toward Disaster"
2015 Portrait of Love April Littleton Television movie (Hallmark Channel)
2016 General Hospital Claudette Beaulieu Recurring role

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
2009
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated
[15]
2010
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated
[16]
2011
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series One Life to Live Nominated
[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Flynn, Lauren, "Easy Bree-zy." Soap Opera Digest, Vol. 33, No. 10, March 4, 2008, page 46-49. Though the IMDb.com Bree Williamson biography puts her birthday in December 1981, Williamson states in this March 2008 article that she is 28, putting her birthday in December 1979.
  2. ^ Branco, Nelson (May 14, 2009). "The Suds Report: May 14, 2009". TVGuide.sympatico.msn.ca. Archived from the original on May 26, 2009. Retrieved May 18, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Elavsky, Cindy (March 5, 2015). "Celebrity Extra". King Features. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Giddens, Jamey (May 26, 2016). "Bree Williamson Cast as General Hospital's Claudette (Exclusive)". Daytime Confidential. Confidential Media (SAY Media). Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  5. ^ Webb Mitovich, Matt (May 27, 2016). "General Hospital Casts One Life to Live Alum Bree Williamson as Nathan's Ex". TVLine. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Cushman, Dustin (June 17, 2016). "General Hospital casts Bree Williamson as Claudette". Soaps.com. United States: SheKnows Media. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  7. ^ Levinsky, Mara (June 17, 2016). "FULL INTERVIEW: BREE WILLIAMSON ON JOINING GH". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Archived from the original on June 17, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  8. ^ SOD (June 27, 2016). "EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT GH'S BREE WILLIAMSON PROMO". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, inc. Archived from the original on June 27, 2016. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  9. ^ ABC Soaps in Depth, September 2006.
  10. ^ "Planned Parenthood Honors Dedication to Women's Health and Rights". PlannedParenthood.org. March 30, 2006. Retrieved 2008-10-15. 
  11. ^ "Bree Williams public service announcement". United States: National Breast Cancer Foundation. 
  12. ^ Bree Williams public service announcement - Google Video Retrieved October 15, 2008.
  13. ^ "One Life to Live's Bree Williamson Ties The Knot!e". Soaps.com. United States: SheKnows Media. November 7, 2008. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ People Magazine Staff (September 23, 2010). "Bree Williamson Welcomes Son McGreggor Edward". People. New York City: Time Inc. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  15. ^ "The 36th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York, New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 14, 2009. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ "The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York, New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 11, 2011. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 

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Preceded by
Erin Torpey
Jessica Buchanan on One Life to Live
2003-2012
Succeeded by
Incumbent