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24/03/2015 05:15 GMT | Updated 24/03/2015 05:59 GMT

Alberta Watson Dead: '24' And 'Nikita' Actress Dies After Cancer Battle, Aged 60

Alberta Watson, the Canadian actress best known for her regular role in ‘24’, has died, at the age of 60.

Her agent, Pam Winter, has confirmed in a statement to People magazine that Alberta died in a hospice in Toronto on Saturday, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

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Alberta Watson

Pam told the magazine: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of the luminous Alberta Watson. Alberta died in the arms of her beloved [husband] Ken.”

While she was most recognised for her stint as Erin Driscoll in the fourth series of ‘24’, she also had minor parts in films such as ‘The Prince and Me’, ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and ‘The Lookout’, opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Isla Fisher.

More recently, she also played Madeline Pierce in the TV series ‘Nikita’, a reboot of the 1990s series, ‘La Femme Nikita’, in which she also starred.

Alberta was apparently first diagnosed with lymphoma while she was filming the second season of ‘La Femme Nikita’ back in 1998, with producers working around her chemotherapy treatment and limiting her appearances that season.

Speaking about her career in performing, Alberta previously claimed that after almost three decades of acting, she was happy to be in a job that kept evolving, revealing: “I have an entirely different career now than the one I began with at 16… and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Her agent has said that plans for a memorial are still being decided.

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