Tragedy was felt through the TV and games community this weekend as a talented star was taken from us. Annie Wersching, who played prominent roles in shows like 24 and Star Trek: Picard, passed away after a long bout with cancer. She was 45 years old. Many will recognize as the actress who voiced and portrayed Tess in video game versions of The Last of Us Part 1.
Wersching’s passing was reported over the weekend by her publicist to outlets such as Deadline. She reportedly passed on January 29, 2023. One of her first breakout roles in Television was in 2007, portraying Amelia Joffe on the General Hospital TV series. She would go on to play Renee Walker in 24, as well as characters on The Vampire Diaries, Runaways, Extant, Timeless, and The Rookie. One of her last prominent roles, even after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2020, was portraying the Borg Queen in Star Trek: Picard, as well as reprising her role as Tess in The Last of Us Part 1.
Wersching is survived by her husband, actor Stephen Full, as well as her children, Freddie, Ozzie, and Archie. Full issued a statement on Wersching’s passing over the weekend:
Many will agree that Tess was a phenomenal character in The Last of Us, and one that fans demanded Naughty Dog and Sony Pictures Television get right as they adapted it to the HBO Max TV series. That was in large part because of the strength and passion Annie Wersching brought to the character. Shacknews honors Wersching for her amazing portrayal and wishes her and her family comfort and best wishes in this difficult time.