Betsy Brantley

Betsy Brantley (born September 20, 1955) is a former American actress.

Betsy Brantley
Born (1955-09-20) September 20, 1955
Years active1981–2008
Steven Soderbergh (m. 19891994)

Simon Dutton (divorced)


Brantley was born in Rutherfordton, North Carolina. She is the older sister of producer/screenwriter Duncan Brantley, and was formerly married to actor Simon Dutton and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.

Betsy studied English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1973 to 1977 and acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in the United Kingdom from 1977 to 1980. She was discovered there, filming a movie with Sean Connery titled Five Days One Summer (1982). Like Five Days One Summer, most of her films are based in Europe. Her most famous role, perhaps, is her portrayal of Neely Pritt in Shock Treatment (1981). She also played alongside Pierce Brosnan and Michael Caine in the film version of The Fourth Protocol (1987) and enjoyed a cameo in the Ashley Judd movie Double Jeopardy (1999). Brantley was also the performance model for Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).[1][2]

Along with roles in several other films, including Havana (1990) and Deep Impact (1998), Betsy has been a cast member in a number of television shows, including Tour of Duty and Second Noah. On Tour of Duty, she played the role of Dr. Jennifer Seymour (later Major Jennifer Seymour). On Second Noah, she played Jesse Beckett, a veterinarian and the mother of eight adopted children.

Brantley played Dolph Lundgren's girlfriend in Dark Angel (1990, retitled I Come in Peace in America).

She has also appeared as Elsie Cubitt in the Granada Television production of The Dancing Men, from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and also appeared in the 1987 BBC Horizon film, Life Story (the story of the discovery of the DNA double helix) as James Watson's sister, Elizabeth Watson.



Year Title Role Notes
1981 Shock Treatment Neely Pritt
1982 Five Days One Summer Kate
1984 Another Country Julie Schofield
1987 The Fourth Protocol Eileen McWhirter
1987 The Princess Bride The Mother
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit Jessica's Performance Model
1990 I Come in Peace Diane Pallone AKA, Dark Angel
1990 Havana Diane
1993 Flesh and Bone Peg
1993 Shepherd on the Rock Jean
1996 Schizopolis Mrs. Munson / Attractive Woman #2
1997 Washington Square Mrs. Montgomery
1998 Mercury Rising Special Ed Teacher #2
1998 Deep Impact Ellen Biederman
1999 The Encounter Waitress Short
1999 Rogue Trader Brenda Granger
1999 Double Jeopardy Prosecutor
2002 The Angel Doll Mary Barlow
2008 This Man's Life Mrs. Zimmerman Short


Year Title Role Notes
1984 Sherlock Holmes Elsie Cubitt Episode: "The Dancing Men"
1985 Romance on the Orient Express Stacey TV film
1985 Oscar American Beauty Episode: "Gilded Youth"
1987 Horizon Elizabeth Watson Episode: "The Race for the Double Helix"
1987 Dreams Lost, Dreams Found Jane McAllister TV film
1987 London Embassy Flora Domingo-Duncan Episodes: "The Winfield Wallpaper", "Tomb with a View"
1988 The Comic Strip Presents... Vanessa Episode: "The Yob"
1988 A Year in the Life Cynthia Episode: "Glory Days"
1988 Heartbeat Dorothy Episode: "Where's Solomon When You Need Him?"
1988 Beauty and the Beast Nancy Tucker Episodes: "Ozymandias", "A Happy Life"
1988 American Playhouse Marion Castle Episode: "The Big Knife"
1989 Men Claire Episode: "Baltimore"
1989 Tour of Duty Jennifer Seymour Recurring role (seasons 2–3)
1992 Yesterday Today TV film
1993 The Jackie Thomas Show Gail Harper Episode: "Stand Up for Bastards"
1993 Jack's Place Claudia Episode: "True Love Ways"
1993 Final Appeal Fran TV film
1995 Little Lord Fauntleroy Mrs. Errol TV miniseries
1995 Amazing Grace Episode: "The Fugitive"
1995 Dad, the Angel & Me Susan Lyons TV film
1996–97 Second Noah Jessie Beckett Main role
1997 Touched by an Angel Joanne McNabb Episode: "Great Expectations"
1998 NYPD Blue Val Dixon Episode: "Speak for Yourself, Bruce Clayton"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Jan Armstrong Episode: "Mare Tranquilitatis"
1999 Chicago Hope Mrs. Dano Episode: "The Heavens Can Wait"
2002 Impact Diane Cousins TV film


  1. Listed in the end of movie credits
  2. Listed in Cast for the movie by IMDb

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