Peri Gilpin (Frasier) guest stars tonight

Peri Gilpin (Frasier) guest stars in Medium playing Allison’s (Patricia Arquette) mother, screening Monday, September 24th on 3.

The episode is based in the past so the age difference, or lack thereof, between her and Allison did not cause an issue.

In this episode entitled The Boy Next Door, Allison wakes up as herself during her teenage years, living with her mother, and struggling with her psychic abilities.

Teenage Allison dreams of her future self and life with her family, and particularly a meeting with the “boy next door,” which helps her solve a present-day crime involving a young girl.

Born in Waco, TX, and raised in Dallas, Gilpin began acting on stage with the Dallas Theater Company at the age of eight.

A Skyline High School graduate, Gilpin later studied acting at both the University of Texas at Austin and London’s British-American Academy. Upon returning to the U.S., Gilpin worked as a makeup artist in the Dallas area before taking an apprenticeship with the Williamstown Theater Festival.

A chance meeting with actress Blythe Danner resulted in Gilpin gaining some support within the industry, and it wasn’t long before her dreams were coming true with roles on television’s Flesh ‘n’ Blood and 21 Jump Street.

A role on Cheers followed shortly after, and when a spin-off series entitled Frasier became an unexpected hit, Gilpin found the role that would bring her into households across the world on a weekly basis.

Appearing frequently on such made-for-television films as The Secret She Carried and Laughter on the 23rd Floor while simultaneously essaying her role on Frasier, Gilpin (who was named after the animated Disney character Peri the squirrel) has also loaned her voice to such animated projects as television’s Hercules and the computer-animated feature Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.

Don’t miss Gilpin’s outstanding performance as teenage Allison’s mother in Medium, screening Monday, September 24th on 3.

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