Betsy Brandt

Betsy Ann Brandt is an American actress, known for portraying Marie Schrader in Breaking Bad (2008–2013) and playing the role of Heather Hughes in the CBS sitcom Life in Pieces (2015–2019).

Date of birth

She was born on March 14, 1973.


Not much is known about her family except that Brandt is of German descent.


She graduated from Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan in 1991. Brandt then received her BFA in acting from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1996. She studied for her MFA at Harvard University's Institute for Advanced Theater Training and studied abroad at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.

Early life

Brandt took an interest in theater from an early age, but unlike many of her peers, she was more interested in directing stage musicals than starring in them. After winning the lead in a high school production of Exit the Body, she shifted her focus to acting. After graduation, Brandt moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked in theater while appearing in several short films, beginning with Confidence in 1998. 

Love life

Brandt is married to fellow UIUC graduate Grady Olsen; they have two children. She gave birth to her second child in 2008 while the second season of Breaking Bad was in production. 

Net worth

Not yet established.


In theater, Brandt has acted in performances of Much Ado About Nothing with the Arizona Theatre Company, with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Beth Henley's Ridiculous Fraud, Julia Cho's The Language Archive with South Coast Repertory, and Next Fall with Geffen Playhouse.

She has had guest roles on the television shows Without a Trace, Judging Amy, ER, Boston Legal, The Practice, and NCIS.

From 2008 to 2013, Brandt portrayed Marie Schrader in the AMC drama series Breaking Bad. She auditioned for three different roles before being offered the part of Marie.

In 2012, she was cast as Sandy in Parenthood. Brandt was cast as Annie Henry on The Michael J. Fox Show, which premiered in September 2013. Her performance was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews.

In 2014, Brandt was cast as one of the lead characters in the ABC series Members Only created by Susannah Grant, but the series did not go forward.

From 2015 to 2019, she stars as Heather Short Hughes in the CBS comedy series Life in Pieces. The series was cancelled after four seasons.

In 2020, Brandt played the role of Cleo in the NBC sitcom Jefferies which was created by Jim Jefferies and Suzanne Martin.

She also appears on the 2020 TV series, Soulmates.

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Betsy Brandt
First Name Betsy
Surname Brandt
Born 14th March, 1973
Home City Bay County, Michigan, U.S.
Current City