Jessalyn Gilsig

Jessalyn Gilsig

Born Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig
(1971-11-30) November 30, 1971
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater McGill University
Harvard University
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1984–present
Spouse(s) Bobby Salomon (m. 2005)
Children 1

Jessalyn Sarah Gilsig (born November 30, 1971) is a Canadian actress known for her roles in television series, e.g. as Lauren Davis in Boston Public, Gina Russo in Nip/Tuck, Terri Schuester in Glee, and as Siggy Haraldson on the History Channel series Vikings.

Early life

She was born on November 30, 1971 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the daughter of Claire, a writer and translator, and Toby Gilsig, an engineer.[1] She began her acting in a voice work part at age 12 for a National Film Board of Canada production, Masquerade.[1]


Gilsig attended McGill University in Montreal, from 1989 to 1993, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1993.[2] She later pursued her acting studies further at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training.[2]


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

Gilsig began her career as a voice actress.[1] She has done voices in the films such as Masquerade,[1] and for television series such as Young Robin Hood.[3]

She moved to New York City in 1995 where she appeared in several off-Broadway plays.[4] However, it was her association with David E. Kelley that led to her starring role in Boston Public.[5]

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.[5] Although the series was cancelled before Gilsig's episodes were broadcast, Kelley wrote the part of Lauren Davis in Boston Public specifically for her, a series that premiered in September 2000 on FOX;[5] Gilsig would leave the series after the end of the second season in May 2002.[6]

Following her departure from Boston Public, Gilsig joined the cast of Nip/Tuck in 2003 as Gina Russo, a role she continued until 2008.[7] In 2004, she appeared in five episodes of NYPD Blue,[7] followed by four episodes of FOX's Prison Break in 2005.[8]

In addition to her extensive credits in television and theatre, Gilsig has appeared in film, beginning with a small role in the 1998 film The Horse Whisperer.[5] She then provided the speaking voice for Kayley in the animated film Quest for Camelot (1998), with Andrea Corr performing the character's songs.[5] In 2004 she appeared in Chicks with Sticks,[9] as well as See This Movie,[10] and in one of the lead roles in the 2007 movie, Flood.[11]

In 2007-2008 she had recurring roles in two television series, playing Shelley, the sister of Tami Taylor, on NBC's Friday Night Lights,[12] and Claire Bennet's biological mother, Meredith Gordon, on Heroes.[13] Gilsig went on to play the main role of Terri Schuester on the Fox show, Glee, from 2009-2012.[14]

In 2013, Gilsig was a series regular, portraying Siggy Haraldson, wife of Earl Haraldson and paramour of Ragnar Lothbrok's brother, Rollo, on the History Channel series Vikings until 2015.[15][16] In 2017 she will be joining the cast of Scandal.[17]

Personal life

Gilsig met and briefly dated her future husband Bobby Salomon as a high school student - he was the football team quarterback she described as a "cool guy"; after Salomon, a film producer, moved to Hollywood in 2002, he and Gilsig renewed their friendship, began dating again,[18] and married on January 1, 2005 in a traditional Jewish wedding (Gilsig being Jewish on her father's side).[18][19] Gilsig and Salomon have a daughter, Penelope, born on September 26, 2006.[20]

Gilsig filed for divorce from Salomon on September 8, 2010, citing irreconcilable differences, having been separated since 2009.[19][21] In 2013 Gilsig became an American citizen.[4]


Jessalyn Gilsig and Jayma Mays at the Golden Globe Awards, January 17, 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1984 Masquerade (voice)[1] Short film
1989 Journey Home, TheThe Journey Home Short film
Jacknife His Girlfriend
1998 The Horse Whisperer Lucy[5]
Quest for Camelot Kayley (voice)[5]
2004 Chicks with Sticks Paula Taymore[9]
See This Movie Annie Nicole[10]
2007 Flood Samantha 'Sam' Morrison[11]
2008 Prom Night Aunt Karen Turner
2009 Stepfather, TheThe Stepfather Julie King[22]
2011 About Fifty Jessica
2013 Somewhere Slow Anna Thompson[15]
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)[3] 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[5] Episode: "Loser's Keepers"
Episode: "Victimless Crimes"
2000 Snoops Suzanne Shivers[5] Episode: "Swan Chant"
Episode: "The Stolen Diskette"
2000–2002 Boston Public Lauren Davis[5] 44 episodes
2002 Haunted Elise Martin Episode: "Three Hour Tour"
2003 Without a Trace Whitney Ridder Episode: "Confidence"
2003–2008 Nip/Tuck Gina Russo[7] 17 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Det. Kelly Ronson[7] 5 episodes
2005 Fathers and Sons Dianne (uncredited) TV movie
Prison Break Lisa Rix[8] 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order Angela Burquette Episode: "Heart of Darkness"
2007 Backyards & Bullets Eileen[23] TV movie
Destination: Infestation Dr. Carolyn Ross[24] TV movie
2007–2008 Friday Night Lights Shelley Hayes[12] 6 episodes
Heroes Meredith Gordon[13] 10 episodes
2008 Apostles, TheThe Apostles Christine Rydell[25] TV movie
CSI: NY Jordan Gateshttp[26] 3 episodes
XIII Kim Rowland[27] TV miniseries
20082009 Imaginary Bitches Jessalyn[28] Episode: "A New Leper in the Colony"
Episode: "Three Bitches Is an Imaginary Crowd (Part Two)"
Episode: "Bitches Emmy Special"
Glee Terri Schuester[14] 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[29] TV movie
2013–2015 Vikings Siggy[15] Main cast
Nominated - Golden Maple Award for Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the U.S (2015)[30]
2013 The Good Wife Janie Ludwig[15] 1 episode
2014 Angels and Ornaments Corrine Stockton[31] TV movie
2015 Evil Men Adela[32] TV movie

Further reading


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Editors (2013). "Jessalyn Gilsig, Biography, Theater Actress, Film Actress, Television Actress (1971–)". (online). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  2. 1 2 McCabe, Daniel (2010). "Alumni Profiles [Jessalyn Gilsig]: Grateful for a Gleeful Gig". McGill News (Alumni Magazine, online, Spring-Summer). Montréal, QC, CA: McGill University. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  3. 1 2 Rowan, Terry. Character-Based Film Series Part 1. Terry M. Rowan. p. 176. ISBN 9781365021282. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  4. 1 2 London, Todd (31 August 2015). "15 After 20, Part 1: Actors Who Trained Together in the Mid-'90s, and Where They Are Now". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 "Tough Lesson – Vol. 56 No. 21". 19 November 2001. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  6. "Gilsig Makes A `Public' Exit". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 "Catching Up With... Jessalyn Gilsig". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  8. 1 2 Fernandez, Maria Elena (15 May 2009). "A fond farewell to 'Prison Break'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  9. 1 2 "Jessalyn Gilsig". South Beach Magazine. 3 September 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  10. 1 2 "Seth Meyers and Jessica Paré's absurd Montreal movie". Cult MTL. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  11. 1 2 Dodd, Stacy (15 February 2006). "Jessalyn Gilsig". Variety. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  12. 1 2 "Jessalyn Gilsig to Appear on New Season of 'Friday Night Lights'". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  13. 1 2 "Jessalyn Gilsig Returns for 'Heroes' Season 3". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  14. 1 2 "Case of the Ex: Glee's Jessalyn Gilsig on Terri's Return — and Why It's Necessary". 15 November 2010. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  15. 1 2 3 4 Radish, Christina (2013). "Jessalyn Gilsig Talks "Vikings," Being Part of the History Channel's First Scripted Series and Her Character's Dynamics, Plus Her Upcoming Projects". Collider (online, March 10). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  16. Monte J. (2013). "Jessalyn Gilsig Talks About Being Siggy on 'Vikings,' the Historical Role of Viking Women" (interview). STAGEDOORdish (online, March 27). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  17. Ausiello, Michael (5 August 2016). "Scandal Recast: Glee Alum Takes Over Role of Jake's Wife in Season 6". TVLine. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  18. 1 2 Bloom, Nate (2007). "Celebrity Jews: Gilsig and Gitelman". (online, February 9). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  19. 1 2 Shira, Dahvi (2010). "Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Files for Divorce". People (online, October 13). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  20. "Actress Jessalyn Gilsig welcomes a daughter". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  21. Us Weekly Staff (2010). "Glee Star Jessalyn Gilsig Files for Divorce". Us Weekly (online, October 13). Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  22. "Dustin Putman's Review: The Stepfather (2009) - [TheMovieBoy]". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  23. "'Nip/Tuck' Actress Joins the Cast of NBC Pilot". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  24. "Destination: Infestation (2007) - Dread Central". Dread Central. 11 July 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  25. "Rants & Reviews - The Futon's First Look: "Apostles, The" (FOX) |". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  26. "Exclusive: Nip/Tuck Diva Relocates to CSI: NY". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  27. "XIII -- TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  28. "Imaginary Bitches: Sexy Single Chicks and a Not-So-Imaginary Bitch". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  29. "Smart Cookies: Hallmark Channel movie a delight". 15 August 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  30. Levine, Sydney. "Golden Maple Awards'15 Winners Include Brandon Jay McLaren and Amanda Crew | IndieWire". Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  31. "Jessalyn Gilsig in Angels and Ornaments | Hallmark Movies and Mysteries". Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  32. Andreeva, Nellie (25 November 2014). "Parminder Nagra & Jessalyn Gilsig To Co-Star In 'Evil Men' USA Pilot". Deadline. Retrieved 11 November 2016.

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