Susan Kelechi Watson

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Susan Kelechi Watson
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Watson at the 2017 Paleyfest
Born (1981-11-11) November 11, 1981 (age 41)
EducationHoward University (BFA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active2004–present

Susan Kelechi Watson (born November 11, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her work on the television show Louie[1] and for her role as Beth Pearson in This Is Us. She was nominated for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for the latter.

Early life[edit]

Watson was born in Brooklyn on November 11, 1981.[2] Her parents were born in Jamaica.[3] Watson's middle name, "Kelechi" is of Nigerian Igbo origins meaning "Thank God".[4] Watson obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Howard University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program.[5]


Watson had a recurring role on the television show Louie from 2012 through 2014. She has had recurring roles on NCIS, The Following, and The Blacklist. She appeared in a play at the American Airlines Theatre in New York City by playwright Richard Greenberg entitled A Naked Girl on the Appian Way in 2005.[6] Since 2016, she has starred in the NBC drama series This Is Us as Beth Pearson.[7]

Watson played Andrea Vogel in the Fred Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood alongside Tom Hanks in 2019.[8] In September 2022 she will appear in the European premiere of Eureka Day at The Old Vic theatre in London.[9]


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Hack Paula Episode: "Extreme Commerce"
2004 The Jury Andrea Davis Episode: "Lamentation on the Reservation"
2004–2005 Third Watch Emma St. Claire 12 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Jill Tolbert Episode: "Blue Wall"
2007 Medium Subordinate Episode: "Joe Day Afternoon"
2007 Kidnapped Elle King 3 episodes
2007 Private Practice Beth O'Brien Episode: "In Which Sam Receives an Unexpected Visitor..."
2007 Alibi Genevieve Egan Television movie
2007–2008 NCIS NCIS Intel Analyst Nikki Jardine 3 episodes
2008 Numb3rs Nina Hunter Episode: "Pay to Play"
2004, 2009 Law & Order Tanya Ware / Thea Curry Episodes: "Can I Get a Witness?", "The Drowned and the Saved"
2010 Futurestates Tia Episode: "Tia & Marco"
2011 Eden Det. Monica Lopez Episode: Pilot
2011 The Good Wife Lauryn Fisher Episode: "What Went Wrong"
2013 Golden Boy April McGee Episode: "Vicious Cycle"
2014 And, We're Out of Time Diana Television film
2012–2014 Louie Janet 12 episodes
2014 Royal Pains Naomi Episode: "I Did Not See That Coming"
2013–2016 The Blacklist Ellie 4 episodes
2014 The Following Cindy 3 episodes
2015 Blue Bloods Detective Episode: "Sins of the Father"
2015 Veep Sue's friend Episode: "Election Night"
2015 Happyish Sandy Episode: "Starring Rene Descartes, Adweek and HRH the Princess of Arendelle"
2016 Billions Wilma 'Billie' Keen Episode: "YumTime"
2016 Limitless Elo Episode: "Fundamentals of Naked Portraiture"
2016–2022 This Is Us Beth Pearson Main role
2016 Divorce Victoria Tuckson Episode: "Counseling"
2019 A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Andrea Vogel
2021 Ada Twist, Scientist Mom Twist (voice) Main role
2021 Rumble Maggie (voice)
2022 Great Performances: Merry Wives Madam Nkechi Ford Episode: S49 Ep28[10]


  1. ^ Sangweni, Yolanda (23 October 2012). "New and Next: Meet Actress and 'Louie' Star Susan Kelechi Watson". Essence. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Susan Kelechi Watson: Actress (1981–)". Archived from the original on November 10, 2018. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Here's Why Louis CK's Kids Are White But Their Mother Is Black In 'Louie'". Business Insider.
  4. ^ "Thanks be to God : ekele chukwu (English : Igbo)". Google Translate. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  5. ^ "The Essential Shakespeare". Florence, Italy: Villa La Pietra. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  6. ^ Rooney, David (6 October 2005). "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  7. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (3 October 2017). "Susan Kelechi Watson on Designing Her Own Hairstyles on This Is Us and Sparring With Her TV Husband". Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  8. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (September 13, 2018). "'This Is Us' Star Susan Kelechi Watson Joins Tom Hanks In Mister Rogers Pic 'You Are My Friend'". Deadline. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "Cast joining Helen Hunt in Old Vic's Eureka Day announced | WhatsOnStage". Retrieved 2022-08-21.
  10. ^ "Great Performances: Merry Wives ~ About | Great Performances". 29 March 2022. Retrieved 4 June 2022.

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