Brandt was born on March 14, 1973 in Bay City, Michigan, USA. She is of German descent. She graduated from Bay City Western High School in Auburn, Michigan in 1991. 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.
Brandt 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. After graduation, Brandt moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked in theater while appearing in several short films, beginning with Confidence in 1998. She eventually moved to Los Angeles.
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.
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. She 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.
Brandt has also had guest roles on the television shows Without a Trace, Judging Amy, ER, Boston Legal, The Practice, and NCIS. In 2019, Brandt was cast to play the role of Cleo in the NBC pilot Jefferies, which was created by Jim Jefferies and Suzanne Martin.
- On February 25, 2020, Brandt served as the moderator of the A Million Little Things: Screening and Conversation event at the Paley Center for Media.
- Brandt was uncredited in "Mothers and Daughters".
|A Million Little Things: Season 2|
|"Coming Home":||"Grand Canyon":||"Mixed Signals":||"The Perfect Storm":||"Austin":||"Unleashed":||"Ten Years":||"Goodnight":||"Time Stands Still":||"The Kiss":|
|"We're the Howards":||"Guilty":||"Daisy":||"The Sleepover":||"The Lunch":||"Change of Plans":||"One Year Later":||"Mothers and Daughters":||"'Til Death Do Us Part":|
- ↑ a million little things: mothers and daughters (3/19), by ABC, Wdtvpress.com (March 2, 2020)
- ↑ A Million Little Things: Screening and Conversation, by Paley Center for Media, Paleycenter.org (March 19, 2020 (retrieved))
We're thrilled to welcome our moderator for the conversation tonight, @betsy_brandt! #PaleyLive #AMillionLittleThings, by Paley Center, Twitter (February 25, 2020)
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