Susan Kelechi Watson

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Susan Kelechi Watson
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Watson at the 2017 paleyfest
Born (1981-11-17) November 17, 1981 (age 37)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma materHoward University
Tisch School of the Arts
Years active2004–present

Susan Kelechi Watson (born November 17, 1981) is an American actress. She is known for her work on the television shows Louie[1] and This Is Us.

Watson is set to portray Andrea Vogel in her film debut in the Fred Rogers biopic You Are My Friend (2019).

Early life[edit]

Watson was born in Brooklyn on November 11, 1981.[2] She is of Jamaican and Nigerian heritage, with both her parents being born on the island nation.[3] Watson's middle name, 'Kelechi' is of Igbo origins meaning 'Thank God'. 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.[4]


Watson had a recurring role on the television show Louie from 2012 through 2014. She has also 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.[5] Since 2016, she has starred in the NBC drama series This Is Us as Beth Pearson.[6]

Watson is set to star in her film debut as Andrea Vogel in the Fred Rogers biopic You Are My Friend alongside Tom Hanks in 2019.[7]


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 Futerstates 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 Blue Bloods Detective Episode: "Sins of the Father"
2014 The Following Cindy 3 episodes
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–present This Is Us Beth Pearson Main role
2016 Divorce Victoria Tuckson Episode: "Counseling"
2019 You Are My Friend Andrea Vogel Post-production


  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". Biography. Retrieved November 9, 2018.
  3. ^ "Here's Why Louis CK's Kids Are White But Their Mother Is Black In 'Louie'".
  4. ^ "The Essential Shakespeare". Florence, Italy: Villa La Pietra. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  5. ^ Rooney, David (6 October 2005). "A Naked Girl on the Appian Way". Variety. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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.

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