Cynthia Watros

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Cynthia Watros
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BornCynthia Michele Watros
(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 46)
Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Curtis Gilliland (m. 1996)
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Cynthia Watros
Cynthia Watros Iraq 1.jpg
BornCynthia Michele Watros
(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 46)
Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Curtis Gilliland (m. 1996)

Cynthia Michele Watros (born September 2, 1968) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Libby on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, Annie Dutton in Guiding Light. Since July 8, 2014, Watros has starred in the series Finding Carter. She was born in Lake Orion, Michigan.


Watros initially became known for her role as Annie Dutton on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1994 to 1998. Her character, a nurse, began as a heroine, but she gained notice and critical acclaim when her character's rivalry with Reva Shayne (played by Kim Zimmer) led her to become a lunatic. In 1998, Watros won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Guiding Light. In 1998, Watros briefly filled in for Jensen Buchanan as Victoria Hudson McKinnon on Another World while Buchanan was on maternity leave.

Watros appeared as Erin Fitzpatrick from Santa Maria California on Titus from 2000 to 2002 and gained recognition as a comedic actress, playing the real-life fiancée of the title character. According to the DVD commentary, Erin was originally supposed to be more like Tommy in the series (worrisome, neurotic), and Tommy was supposed to be more like how Erin was (strong, supportive). The characters' personality changes were made a week before the pilot was shot. After Titus was canceled, she took on the role of Kellie Newmark on The Drew Carey Show, as a replacement for the departure of Christa Miller. Watros played the role from 2002 to 2004. As a welcoming gesture, Drew Carey sent flowers to her on a weekly basis.

From 2005 to 2006, Watros was a cast member on the ABC series Lost, playing psychologist Libby, a member of the "Tailies", a group of survivors of the plane crash who were in the tail section of the plane (and not seen during Season One). She was a romantic interest to Hurley and was very mysterious showing up in flashbacks. In the episode "Two for the Road", Libby was shot and killed by Michael Dawson. Libby briefly reappeared in the 2008 episode "Meet Kevin Johnson". She returned in 2010 in the episode "Everybody Loves Hugo" in the final season of Lost, in which she played a large part in the story. In addition, she appeared in the season finale, albeit without speaking lines.

After her departure from Lost in 2006, Watros filmed a pilot for a show titled My Ex-Life for CBS. She was slated to play the ex-wife of a character played by Tom Cavanagh. However, the pilot was not chosen by CBS.[1] Watros was also the lead in the 2007 CBS television pilot for The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud, a comedy about a former literary genius who, after an awakening, decides to pursue optimism instead of cynicism.

In 2009, Watros filmed a pilot for Valley Girls, a spin-off of the CW series Gossip Girl set in the 1980s, in which she played CeCe Rhodes, the socialite ex-wife of Rick Rhodes, and mother of the series' protagonists.

In a May 2009 episode of the USA series In Plain Sight, "A Stand-Up Triple", she guest starred as a mother of three children in the witness protection program.

Beginning in April 2010, Watros joined the cast of the TV medical drama House for seven episodes as Samantha Carr, one of Dr. James Wilson's ex-wives.

Watros appeared in the 2012 indie film, Electrick Children. In May 2012, she guest-starred in episode 8.22 of Grey's Anatomy, and in June 2013 in episode 4.17 of Warehouse 13.

She played Mary Matrix, coach of the FPS Varsity team in the online series Video Game High School. Her character first appears in season two of the series which started July 2013.

Her latest role is playing Avery Jenning's self-obsessed aunt in Dog with a Blog on December 6, 2013.

In 2013, she joined the cast of the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless but left the show in early 2014 with her character being recast.

Since July 2014, Watros has been featured in the MTV series Finding Carter.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Watros has been married to Curtis Gilliland since 1996. They have twin daughters, born in 2001.[3]


Watros and her Lost co-star Michelle Rodriguez were each arrested on the morning of December 1, 2005, in Kailua, Hawaii, where Lost was filmed.[4] Police said both women failed field sobriety tests and were released on $500 bail each.[5]

Watros and Bonnie-Jill Laflin posing with a serviceman on a USO tour


In 2008 Watros participated in a USO tour to Iraq, visiting several bases, including COP Callahan in Baghdad's East Adamiyah area.



1995Cafe SocietyDianna Harris
1997His and HersPam
2000Mercy StreetsSam
2001The Yellow BirdAlma TutwilerShort film
2002P.S. Your Cat Is DeadKate
2005Just PrayPerry Ann LewisShort film
2007FrankJennifer York
2008Duane IncarnateConnie
2008American CrudeJane
2009Calvin MarshallKaren
2010MarsAllison Guthrie
2012Electrick ChildrenGay Lynn
2013Park CityNina
2014Blood and CircumstanceMrs. Stabler


1994New York UndercoverReporterEpisode: "Missing"
1994–98Guiding LightAnnie Dutton / Dee
1997Spin CityGayleyEpisode: "Striptease"
1998Another WorldVicky Hudson9 episodes
1998ProfilerHelen JefferiesEpisode: "Perfect Helen"
2000–02TitusErin Fitzpatrick54 episodes
2002A Nero Wolfe MysteryPhoebe GuntherEpisodes: "The Silent Speaker: Parts 1 & 2"
2002–04The Drew Carey ShowKellie Newmark52 episodes
2005Washington StreetMaggieMovie
2008, 2010
LostElizabeth "Libby" Smith26 episodes
2007Avenging AngelMaggieMovie
2007The Rich Inner Life of Penelope CloudEvaMovie
2007RainesSarah CarverEpisode: "Closure"
2007Law & Order: Criminal IntentBeth HoyleEpisode: "Offense"
2008Fear ItselfMeredith KaneEpisode: "Spooked"
2008The Bill Engvall ShowAJEpisodes: "Susan's Best Friend"
"Bill Talks a Good Game"
2009Family GuySecurity System VoiceEpisode: "Ocean's Three and a Half"
2009In Plain SightMaureen Stewart / Maureen SullivanEpisode: "A Stand-Up Triple"
2009Gossip GirlYoung Celia RhodesEpisode: "Valley Girls"
2009CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBarbie AubreyEpisode: "All In"
2009The CloserRobin MilanoEpisode: "Identity Theft"
2009Criminal MindsHeather VanderwaalEpisode: "Reckoner"
2009Men of a Certain AgeEricaEpisode: "Mind's Eye"
2010The Secret Life of the American TeenagerNickyEpisode: "The Second Time Around"
2010House M.D.Sam Carr7 episodes
2010Desperate HousewivesTracy MillerEpisode: "Pleasant Little Kingdom"
2012A Smile as Big as the MoonDr. Deborah BarnhartMovie
2012Grey's AnatomyMrs. ConnorEpisode: "Let the Bad Times Roll"
2012Hawaii Five-OKatie BurgessEpisode: "Lana I Ka Moana"
2013Warehouse 13Janice MalloyEpisode: "What Matters Most"
2013–presentVideo Game High SchoolMary Matrix12 episodes
2013Dog with a BlogAunt SigourneyEpisode: "Twas the Flight Before Christmas"
2013–14The Young and the RestlessKelly Andrews
2014–Finding CarterElizabeth Wilson

Awards and nominations[edit]

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesGuiding LightWon
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – DaytimeNominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesLostWon


  1. ^ My Ex Life at
  2. ^ "Cynthia Watros - Finding Carter". MTV. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Young and the Restless ACTOR - Cynthia Watros". 
  4. ^ "Lost girls" arrested The Smoking December 2, 2005. Retrieved April 29, 2008
  5. ^ 'Lost' Stars Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Watros Arraigned for DUI Fox December 30, 2005
  6. ^ Margulies, Lee (May 18, 1998). "'All My Children' Tops Daytime Emmys". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tribune Company. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1998)". Internet Movie Database. February 27, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 1993. 
  8. ^ "12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Recipients". Archived from the original on 2007-08-19. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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