Cynthia Watros

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Cynthia Watros
Watros standing among military members
Watros in 2008
Cynthia Michele Watros

(1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 55)
Years active1994–present
Curtis Gilliland
(m. 1996; div. 2020)

Cynthia Michele Watros (born September 2, 1968) is an American actress recognized for her roles in both daytime and primetime television. In 1994, she was cast in the regular role of Annie Dutton on Guiding Light, which earned her the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1998. In 2002, she was cast as Kellie on The Drew Carey Show and in 2005 joined the cast of Lost as Libby Smith. Since 2019, Watros has portrayed the role of Nina Reeves on ABC's General Hospital.

Early life[edit]

Watros was born in Lake Orion, Michigan. She attended Macomb Community College in Clinton Township, Michigan,[1] and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theatre from Boston University,[2] where she was part of the Professional Actors Training Program.


Watros initially became known for her role as Annie Dutton on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light from 1994 to 1998.[3] Her character, a nurse, began as a heroine, but she gained notice and critical acclaim as her character gradually descended into madness. In 1998, Watros won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Guiding Light. In 1998, she briefly filled in for Jensen Buchanan as Victoria Hudson McKinnon on Another World while Buchanan was on maternity leave.[4]

Watros appeared as Erin Fitzpatrick on Titus from 2000 to 2002 and gained recognition as a comedic actress, playing the fiancée of the title character. According to the DVD commentary, Erin was intended to be neurotic and socially awkward, but the character was revised 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 Christa Miller. Watros played the role from 2002 to 2004.

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.

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.[5] 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. In June 2013, she guest-starred 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. Watros starred as Avery Jenning's self-obsessed aunt in Dog with a Blog on December 6, 2013.

In 2013, Watros 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. In July 2014, she joined the cast of the MTV series Finding Carter.[6]

In 2019, Watros joined the cast of General Hospital as Nina Reeves, taking over the role from actress Michelle Stafford who's returning to the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.[3][7] Watros also makes a guest appearance in the digital drama series Misguided, playing a waitress named Anne, and is a throw back to her role as Annie Dutton on Guiding Light.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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

Watros was married to Curtis Gilliland from 1996 to 2020. They have twin daughters, born in 2001.[9]

In 2005, Watros was arrested in Kailua for allegedly driving under the influence of an intoxicant.[10]

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



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Cafe Society Dianna Harris
1997 His and Hers Pam
2000 Mercy Streets Sam
2001 The Yellow Bird Alma Tutwiler Short film
2002 P.S. Your Cat Is Dead Kate
2005 Just Pray Perry Ann Lewis Short film
2007 Frank Jennifer York
2008 Duane Incarnate Connie
2008 American Crude Jane
2009 Calvin Marshall Karen
2010 Mars Allison Guthrie
2012 Electrick Children Gay Lynn
2013 Park City Nina
2014 Blood and Circumstance Mrs. Stabler
2017 Special Unit Tara Small [11]


Year Title Role Notes
1994 New York Undercover Reporter Episode: "Missing"
1994–1998 Guiding Light Annie Dutton / Dee Series regular
1997 Spin City Gayley Episode: "Striptease"
1998 Another World Vicky Hudson 9 episodes
1998 Profiler Helen Jefferies Episode: "Perfect Helen"
2000–2002, 2020 Titus Erin Fitzpatrick Main role, 54 episodes + 2 revival
2002 A Nero Wolfe Mystery Phoebe Gunther "The Silent Speaker"
2002–2004 The Drew Carey Show Kellie Newmark Main role (Season 8–9), 52 episodes
2005 Washington Street Maggie Movie
2005–2006, 2008, 2010 Lost Elizabeth "Libby" Smith Main role (Season 2); Special guest star (Seasons 4 & 6) - 24 episodes
2007 Avenging Angel Maggie Movie
2007 The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud Eva Movie
2007 Raines Sarah Carver Episode: "Closure"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Beth Hoyle Episode: "Offense"
2008 Fear Itself Meredith Kane Episode: "Spooked"
2008 The Bill Engvall Show AJ Episodes: "Susan's Best Friend"/"Bill Talks a Good Game"
2009 Family Guy Security System Voice Episode: "Ocean's Three and a Half"
2009 In Plain Sight Maureen Stewart / Maureen Sullivan Episode: "A Stand-Up Triple"
2009 Gossip Girl Young Celia Rhodes Episode: "Valley Girls"
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Barbie Aubrey Episode: "All In"
2009 The Closer Robin Milano Episode: "Identity Theft"
2009 Criminal Minds Heather Vanderwaal Episode: "Reckoner"
2009 Men of a Certain Age Erica Episode: "Mind's Eye"
2010 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Nicky Episode: "The Second Time Around"
2010 House Sam Carr 7 episodes
2010 Desperate Housewives Tracy Miller Episode: "Pleasant Little Kingdom"
2012 A Smile as Big as the Moon Dr. Deborah Barnhart Movie
2012 Retribution Karen Movie
2012 Grey's Anatomy Mrs. Connor Episode: "Let the Bad Times Roll"
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Katie Burgess Episode: "Lana I Ka Moana"
2013 Cynthia Watros Gets Lost As herself 4 pilot episodes on YouTube
2013 Warehouse 13 Janice Malloy Episode: "What Matters Most"
2013–2014 Video Game High School Mary Matrix 12 episodes
2013 Dog with a Blog Aunt Sigourney Episode: "Twas the Flight Before Christmas"
2013–2014 The Young and the Restless Kelly Andrews Recurring role
2014–2015 Finding Carter Elizabeth Wilson Main role
2015 Stolen from the Suburbs Katherine Movie
2017 Washed Away Movie
2017 Deadly Exchange Detective Hardy Movie
2019 Misguided Anne Guest Star, 2 Episodes
2019–present General Hospital Nina Reeves Regular role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result Ref.
1998 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Guiding Light Won
Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Villainess in a Drama Series – Daytime Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Lost Won
Indie Series Award for Best Guest Actress - Drama Misguided Nominated
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series General Hospital Nominated


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  2. ^ "Boston University International Programs" (PDF). Retrieved March 6, 2020.
  3. ^ a b SOD (April 11, 2019). "GH Recasts Nina With Cynthia Watros!". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. Odyssey Magazine Publishing Group Inc. Archived from the original on April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
  4. ^ Newcomb, Roger. "CLASSIC CLIPS: Cynthia Watros". Retrieved March 6, 2022.
  5. ^ "My Ex Life". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved September 1, 2006.
  6. ^ "Cynthia Watros - Finding Carter". MTV. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Stone, Natalie (April 11, 2019). "Lost Actress Cynthia Watros Is Replacing Michelle Stafford on General Hospital". People. United States: Time Inc. / Meredith Corporation. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "GH's Cynthia Watros Joins Web Series MISGUIDED". Soap Opera Digest. May 22, 2019. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Young and the Restless ACTOR - Cynthia Watros". Archived from the original on April 19, 2014. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  10. ^ "Two 'Lost' stars charged with drunken driving: Rodriguez, Watros arrested within 15 minutes of each other in Hawaii". December 2, 2005.
  11. ^ "Special Unit (2017)".
  12. ^ Margulies, Lee (May 18, 1998). "'All My Children' Tops Daytime Emmys". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  13. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1998)". Internet Movie Database. February 4, 1993. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Recipients". Archived from the original on August 19, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2007.
  15. ^ "11th Annual Indie Series Awards Nominations". INDIE SERIES AWARDS. Retrieved April 25, 2020.
  16. ^ "The 49th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards Nominations" (PDF). New York: and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 2022. Retrieved May 5, 2022.

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