Jessalyn Gilsig

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Jessalyn Gilsig
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Gilsig at the 2010 Peabody Awards
Born Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
(1971-11-30) November 30, 1971 (age 43)[1][2]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater McGill University
Harvard University
Occupation actress, voice actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Bobby Salomon (2005–present; filed for divorce; 1 child)
Parent(s) Toby & Claire Gilsig

Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig (born November 30, 1971)[1][2] 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.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gilsig was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 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 Montreal. She attended McGill University from 1989 to 1993, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993, and later studied at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training.[4]

Gilsig first met Bobby Salomon when both were Montreal high school students. They briefly dated with Gilsig commenting that Salomon was the "cool guy" and football team quarterback. After Salomon, then a film producer, moved to Hollywood in 2002, he and Gilsig renewed their friendship and began dating again.[5] The pair wed on January 1, 2005.[6] As Salomon is Jewish and Gilsig is Jewish on her father's side, the couple had a traditional Jewish wedding.[5] Gilsig and Salomon have a daughter, Penelope, born on September 26, 2006. Gilsig filed for divorce from Salomon on September 8, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences. They had been separated since 2009.[7][8][9]


Jessalyn Gilsig at premiere party of TV series, Glee, Santa Monica, California in May 11, 2009

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.

She moved to New York City in 1995 where she appeared in several off-Broadway plays. Although she had appeared in several Canadian 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 with 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 September 2000 on FOX. Gilsig left the series after the end of the second 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 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 credits 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. She appeared in one of the lead roles in the 2007 movie, Flood.

In 2007–2008 she had recurring roles in two television series. On NBC she played Shelley, the sister of Tami Taylor, in Friday Night Lights; and she played as Claire Bennet's biological mother, Meredith Gordon, on Heroes. Gilsig played the main role of Terri Schuester on the Fox show, Glee, from 2009–2011. In 2012 her character returned in the episode "Glee, Actually," in Artie's dream.

Since 2013, Gilsig has been portraying "Siggy", Earl Haraldson's wife and Lover of Ragnar Lothbrok's brother, Rollo, as a series regular on the History Channel series Vikings. [10]


Jessalyn Gilsig and Jayma Mays at the Golden Globe Awards, January 17, 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Mascarade (voice) Short film
1989 Journey Home, TheThe Journey Home Short film
Jacknife His Girlfriend
1998 The Horse Whisperer Lucy
Quest for Camelot Kayley (voice)
2004 Chicks with Sticks Paula Taymore
See This Movie Annie Nicole
2007 Flood Samantha 'Sam' Morrison
2008 Prom Night Aunt Karen Turner
2009 Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather Julie King
2011 About Fifty Jessica
2013 Somewhere Slow Anna Thompson
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Little Flying Bears, TheThe Little Flying Bears Tina (voice) TV series
1991–1992 Young Robin Hood Gertrude of Griswald (voice) 26 episodes
1992 Gulliver's Travels Folia (voice) TV series
1998 To Have & to Hold Paula Episode: "Stuck in the Blizzard with You"
Viper Alyssa Episode: "Family Matters"
1999 Seven Days Carla Boyles Episode: "Last Card Up"
Sentinel, TheThe Sentinel RJ Shannon Episode: "The Real Deal"
Cooler Climate, AA Cooler Climate Callie TV movie
Practice, TheThe Practice ADA Jennifer Episode: "Loser's Keepers"
Episode: "Victimless Crimes"
2000 Snoops Suzanne Shivers Episode: "Swan Chant"
Episode: "The Stolen Diskette"
2000–2002 Boston Public Lauren Davis 44 episodes
2002 Haunted Elise Martin Episode: "Three Hour Tour"
2003 Without a Trace Whitney Ridder Episode: "Confidence"
2003–2008 Nip/Tuck Gina Russo 17 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Det. Kelly Ronson 5 episodes
2005 Fathers and Sons Dianne (uncredited) TV movie
Prison Break Lisa Rix 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order Angela Burquette Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Eileen TV movie
Destination: Infestation Dr. Carolyn Ross TV movie
2007–2008 Friday Night Lights Shelley Hayes 6 episodes
Heroes Meredith Gordon 10 episodes
2008 Apostles, TheThe Apostles Christine Rydell TV movie
CSI: NY Jordan Gates 3 episodes
XIII Kim Rowland TV miniseries
2008–2009 Imaginary Bitches Jessalyn Episode: "A New Leper in the Colony"
Episode: "Three Bitches Is an Imaginary Crowd (Part Two)"
Episode: "Bitches Emmy Special"
, 2015
Glee Terri Schuester Seasons 1-2 - Series Regular (
Season 4 - Guest Star (1 episode, "Glee, Actually")
Season 6 - Recurring (2 episodes, "2009" & "Dreams Come True")
Glee Encore
2012 Smart Cookies Julie Sterling TV movie
2013–2015 Vikings Siggy Main cast
2013 The Good Wife Janie Ludwig 1 episode
2014 Angels and Ornaments Corrine Stockton TV movie[1]
2015 Evil Men TV movie[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Jessalyn Gilsig". IMDb. Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b "". Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ Christina Radish (2013-03-10). "Jessalyn Gilsig Talks VIKINGS, Being Part of the History Channel's First Scripted Series and Her Character's Dynamics, Plus Her Upcoming Projects". Retrieved 2015-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Grateful for a Gleeful gig". McGill News. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-05-19. 
  5. ^ a b "Celebrity Jews - Gilsig and Gitelman". J Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Files for Divorce". People. 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Files for Divorce - Breakups, Jessalyn Gilsig, Glee". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Files for Divorce". 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. 
  10. ^ "Jessalyn Gilsig talks about being Siggy on ‘Vikings,’ the historical role of Viking women". 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2014-12-17. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Rohan, Virginia. "Gilsig Goes 'Public' And Grapples With Racism." Chicago Tribune. 6 Feb 2001: 8.
  • Stebbins, Sarah. "School Ties." InStyle. Summer 2005: 272-273.

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