Annie Wersching, an actress best known for her appearances on shows like “24” and “Bosch” and who voiced Tess in the blockbuster video game “The Last of Us,” died on Sunday at the age of 45. The cause of death was cancer.
The St. Louis-born performer got her start on television with the series ‘Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2001. She appeared in the first season episode “Oasis” as a humanoid who falls in love with engineer Trip Tucker. This led to guest shots on “Angel,” “Charmed,” “E-Ring,” “Cold Case,” “Supernatural,” and plenty of others. In 2007, she landed a recurring role on “General Hospital.”
In 2008, she secured the role of FBI special agent Renee Walker on the seventh and eighth seasons of “24.” According to interviews, she got the gig just one week before shooting started, as producers were unsure just how the character should be played. (Before we meet her character, it is implied she tortured someone to death; by the end, she falls into bed with Kiefer Sutherland.)
After “24” came another cascade of guest shots: “CSI,” “NCIS,” “Blue Bloods,” “Major Crimes,” and more. She had a recurring role on “Castle,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Timeless.” She was a series regular on “Bosch” in the first season (officer Julia Brasher) who returned periodically throughout the show’s run.
In 2012, she voiced the character Tess in the video game “The Last of Us,” currently played by Anna Torv on the HBO adaptation. Her last major gig was as the Borg Queen on season two of “Star Trek: Picard,” bringing things, in a way, full circle. Though the character was a fearsome villain, she was always game to take fun photos in makeup from behind-the-scenes, ingratiating herself to fans.
This was Annie Wersching pic.twitter.com/6KioDkIGct
— daní ᱬ (@LtMenalippe) January 29, 2023
Neil Druckman, the game creator of “The Last of Us,” tweeted out a fundraising link for the actress’s family.
Just found out my dear friend, Annie Wersching, passed away. We just lost a beautiful artist and human being. My heart is shattered. Thoughts are with her loved ones.
There’s a go fund me set up for her family: https://t.co/dhvk6uOvZV
— Neil Druckmann (@Neil_Druckmann) January 29, 2023
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