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Annabeth Gish
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Anne Elizabeth Gish

(1971-03-13) March 13, 1971 (age 53)
Education Duke University (BA)
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–present
Wade Allen
(m. 2003)
Children 2

Anne Elizabeth "Annabeth" Gish (born March 13, 1971) is an American actress. She has played roles in films Shag, Hiding Out, Mystic Pizza, SLC Punk!, The Last Supper and Double Jeopardy. On television, she played Special Agent Monica Reyes on The X-Files, Elizabeth Bartlet Westin on The West Wing, Diane Gould on Halt and Catch Fire, Eileen Caffee on Brotherhood, Charlotte Millwright on The Bridge and Sheriff Althea Jarry on the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy.

Early life and education

Gish was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the daughter of Judy and Robert Gish. When she was two, her family moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she grew up with her brother Tim and her sister Robin. Her father was an English professor at the University of Northern Iowa; her mother was an elementary school teacher.

Gish went to Northern University High School in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she graduated in 1989. She attended Duke University, where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and focused her energies on the Drama program, Film Studies and Women's Studies. She received a B.A. in English in July 1993.


Gish's first starring role was in the 1986 teen film Desert Bloom. In 1987, she starred in the film Hiding Out with Jon Cryer. She played Kat, the sister of Julia Roberts' character, in 1988's Mystic Pizza. ..... Gish portrayed Anne Hampton, the doomed second wife of Rhett Butler, in 1994 in the TV mini series Scarlett. She starred in the 1989 comedy Shag, starring Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, Page Hannah, Jeff Yagher and Scott Coffey.

In 1994's Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner, she played Urilla Sutherland, Wyatt's childhood sweetheart and eventual wife. The next year, she appeared in Oliver Stone's Nixon as Julie Nixon. In 1996, Gish played the girlfriend Tracey in Beautiful Girls. In 1997, Gish received her first starring role in a movie, portraying Susan Sparks opposite Shaquille O'Neal in the movie adaptation of DC Comics superhero Steel. In 1997, she starred in the TV movie True Women as Euphemia Ashby alongside Dana Delany and Angelina Jolie. In 1998, Gish starred in SLC Punk! as a head shop owner named Trish.

In 2001, Gish joined the cast of The X-Files as Special Agent Monica Reyes after series star David Duchovny announced his intention to leave the show. During the eighth and ninth seasons, Gish and fellow newcomer Robert Patrick became the show's principal characters and it was presumed that the two could carry on the show even after Gillian Anderson left. While it is generally agreed their performances were good, ratings continued to drop with the departure of Duchovny and his dynamic partnership with Anderson; the ninth season of The X-Files became the show's last until 2016.

She guest-starred on The West Wing playing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin, eldest daughter of President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen), first appearing in 2003. In 2006, Gish played the role of Julia in the independent movie The Celestine Prophecy and co-starred in Candles on Bay Street alongside Eion Bailey and Alicia Silverstone. The same year she landed a lead role in the Showtime drama Brotherhood as Eileen Caffee, and appeared in 29 of the 33 episodes in the series' three-season run.

Gish played Jo Noonan in the A&E TV miniseries Stephen King's Bag of Bones in 2011. Also in 2011, she played the role of Anne Sullivan, a mysterious therapist in Pretty Little Liars. In 2012, she made a guest appearance in twelfth season of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The same year she co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana as the mother of Ashley Greene's character. However, the pilot was not picked up.

From 2013 to 2014, Gish was part of the main cast in the FX series The Bridge, in which she played Charlotte Millwright, a widow who discovers that her recently deceased husband had secrets on both sides of the US–Mexican border. She had a guest-starring role on Sons of Anarchy as Lt. Althea Jarry of the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department, in 2014. The following summer, it was announced Gish would return as Monica Reyes in the upcoming The X-Files revival, appearing in episode 6 of season 10, and reprising her role in the eleventh season. She co-starred with Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Dash Mihok in the 2016 thriller film Before I Wake.

..... Two years later she had a recurring role as the caretaker Mrs. Dudley in the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House, based loosely off of Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name. In 2021 she again teamed up with Mike Flanagan in the Netflix horror series, Midnight Mass.

Humanitarian efforts

Gish is a supporter of CARE International and, more recently, of Students Rebuild and One Million Bones. On behalf of these organizations, she filmed a short public service announcement video in April 2012. She is on the board of non-profit organization The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company.

Personal life

Despite persistent reports, Gish is not related to the early silent film actress sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish. When Gish first became interested in acting, she wrote a letter to Lillian Gish, who replied by encouraging Annabeth to stay away from the business. Lillian wrote, "There's too much talent and not enough work in the movies!"

Gish started dating The X-Files stunt man Wade Allen in December 2001. They married in October 2003 and have two children.


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Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hero in the Family Jessie
1986 Desert Bloom Rose Chismore
1987 Hiding Out Ryan Campbell
1988 Mystic Pizza Kat Araujo Nominated: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1989 Shag Caroline "Pudge" Carmichael
1989 When He's Not a Stranger Lyn McKenna Television film
Nominated: Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
1990 Coupe de Ville Tammy
1991 The Last to Go Lydia Television film
1992 Lady Against the Odds Sylvia Raffray Television film
1993 Silent Cries Hazel Hampton
1994 Wyatt Earp Urilla Sutherland
1995 The Last Supper Paulie
1995 Nixon Julie Nixon Eisenhower Nominated: Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1996 Beautiful Girls Tracy Stover
1996 Don't Look Back Michelle Television film
1996 What Love Sees Jean Treadway Holly Television film
1997 True Women Euphemia Ashby Television film
1997 Mayday—Flug in den Tod Maria Philips
1997 Steel Susan Sparks
1998 SLC Punk! Trish
1998 To Live Again Karen Holmes Television film
1999 Double Jeopardy Angie Green/Angie Ryder
1999 God's New Plan Claire Hutton Television film
1999 Different Hope Goodell
1999 Sealed with a Kiss Robbie
1999 No Higher Love Claire Hutton/Young
2001 The Way She Moves Amie Television film
2001 Pursuit of Happiness Marissa Slamdunk Film Festival for Best Actress
2001 Morning Lily
2001 Race to Space Dr. Donni McGuinness
2002 Buying the Cow Nicole
2002 A Death in the Family Mary Follet Television film
2004 Knots Greta Siegel
2004 Life on Liberty Street Denise Di Fiori Television film
2005 Detective Cynthia Ernst Television film
2006 Gillery's Little Secret Gillery Short film
2006 The Celestine Prophecy Julia
2006 Mojave Phone Booth Beth
2006 Desperation Mary Jackson
2006 Candles on Bay Street Lydia Television film
2008 Of Murder and Memory Sally Linden Television film
2009 An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong Meg Maxwell
2010 At Risk Det. Delma Sykes Television film
2010 The Letter Beth Short film
2011 The Chaperone Lynne
2011 Commerce Beth Short film
2011 Texas Killing Fields Gwen Heigh
2011 Home Run Showdown Michelle
2012 A Mother's Nightmare Maddie Television film
2016 Before I Wake Natalie
2016 Term Life Lucy
2017 All Summers End Mrs. Turner
2018 Nightmare Cinema Charity
2018 A Father's Nightmare Maddie Stewart Television film
2018 Charlie Says Virginian Carlson
2019 Rim of the World Grace
2020 Butter Doctor Jennice
2023 All Fun and Games Kathy Fletcher


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Swiss Valley Farms Waterloo Iowa Lead (Commercials series)
1994 Scarlett Anne Hampton 4 episodes
1995 Courthouse Lenore Laderman 11 episodes
1996 Chicago Hope Amy Peletier Episode: "Three Men and a Lady"
2001–18 The X-Files Monica Reyes 27 episodes
Nominated: Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2004 CSI: Miami Wendy Decker Episode: "Not Landing"
2003–06 The West Wing Elizabeth Bartlet Westin 6 episodes
2008 The Cleaner Barbara Hoffler Episode: "Meet the Joneses"
2006–08 Brotherhood Eileen Caffee 29 episodes
2010 Criminal Minds Rebecca Hodges Episode: "Parasite"
2010 FlashForward Lita 3 episodes
2011 Lie to Me Ilene Episode: "Saved"
2011 Against the Wall Chief Julie Carmen Episode: "A Good Cop "
2011 Bag of Bones Jo Noonan 2 episodes
2011–12 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laura Gabriel 3 episodes
2012 Americana Rachel Clarke Unsold TV pilot
2012 Once Upon a Time Anita Episode: "Child of the Moon"
2011–15 Pretty Little Liars Dr. Anne Sullivan 9 episodes
2013–14 The Bridge Charlotte Millwright 18 episodes
2013 Parks and Recreation Stephanie Wyatt Episode: "Partridge"
2014 Parenthood Ms. York Episode: "The Pontiac"
2014 Betrayal Violet Episode: "...The Karsten Way"
2014 Sons of Anarchy Sheriff Althea Jarry 10 episodes
2016 Scandal Lillian Forrester 3 episodes
2016 Rizzoli & Isles Alice Sands 3 episodes
2016 Flaked Alicia Wiener Episode: "7th"
2016–17 Halt and Catch Fire Diane Gould 17 episodes
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Carolyn Rivers Episode: "Contrapasso"
2018 The Haunting of Hill House Clara Dudley 6 episodes
2022 FreeRayshawn Detective Lincoln 7 episodes
2021 Gone Mom: The Jennifer Dulos Story Jennifer Dulos Television movie
2021 Midnight Mass Dr. Sarah Gunning 7 episodes
2022 Barry Julie 2 episodes
2023 Mayfair Witches Deirdre Mayfair 5 episodes
2023 Succession Joy 1 episode
2023 The Fall of the House of Usher Eliza Usher 1 episode
2024 Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin Dr. Anne Sullivan to be announced

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