With its multi-faceted time periods and interstellar adventures, there’s no doubt about the fact that Star Trek is one of the most popular franchises out there. With TV shows, movies, merchandise, video games, and even its own language, this sci-fi phenomenon has taken over the world. And, of course, no media franchise would be complete without characters – and Star Trek is full of amazing actresses who all practiced their Klingon and donned their pointy ears for the sake of Trekkies everywhere.
In fact, the Star Trek universe has seen countless women make their way into space and stake their claim as members of the Starfleet. From officers to aliens, these actresses have taken on iconic characters and made fans across the world fall in love with them. But what have they been up to since their time aboard these ships? While some have certainly lived long and prospered in the limelight, others have taken a step back and seemingly fallen off the face of the Earth…
Nichelle Nichols Made History as Nyota Uhura, but She Has Now Retired From the Acting World
Star Trek: The Original Series featured the one and only Nichelle Nichols as Nyota Uhura. As a high-profile Commander and Communications Officer within the Starfleet, Nyota had a huge impact on the USS Enterprise. And let’s not forget the impact she made on Spock. In this role, Nichelle became one of the first black women to be featured on a major TV series, which helped to skyrocket her career.
Over the years, Nichelle has worked on many other Star Trek projects that have helped maintain her role as one of the most famous characters of all time. But that’s not all. She has also appeared on shows like The Young and the Restless, The Simpsons, and Futurama. However, Nichelle was diagnosed with dementia in 2018, and in 2020 she decided to officially retire from acting.
Since Playing Keiko O’Brien, Rosalind Chao Took on the Role of Mulan‘s Mother in the Live-Action Remake
In Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, we grew close to a recurring character by the name of Keiko O’Brien. This character quickly became known as one of the smartest in the series, as she was not only the botanist on Enterprise, but she was also a primary teacher and professor at Deep Space 9. Yes, Rosalind Chao became a beloved character, and it seems as though she’s since continued this trend.
In the years since she was in space, Rosalind has worked on shows such as The O.C, Don’t Trust the B—– in Apartment 23, and The Catch. But her biggest claim to fame came in 2020 when this actress was cast as Hua Li in Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan. Thanks to this role and the hype around it, she now has three movies coming out in 2021.
Stephanie Erb Took on the Small Role of Liva and Is Now the Star of Her Very Own Comedy Show
Not many people can say their first big acting gig was in Star Trek, but that’s exactly what happened to Stephanie Erb. In 1987 she was cast as Liva in The Next Generation, and many people may recognize her thanks to the Lumerian markings on her forehead. She only appeared in one episode, but her work as an aide to Ves Alkar will be remembered forever.
Since taking on a role in this iconic franchise, Stephanie has worked on shows like The Young and the Restless, True Blood and Flip & Glib …And the Theory of Everything. But these have always been relatively small roles. Until now, that is. In 2020, Stephanie teamed up with Kaitlin Huwe to become the main stars of their own comedy show, Therapy with Pami.
Marina Sirtis Has Continued To Work as Counselor Deanna Troi Since Making Her Debut in the 1980s
With so many time periods and series’ within the franchise, Star Trek only has a few main characters. But most Trekkies would agree that Marina Sirtis is one of them. She first made her mark as Counselor Deanna Troi back in the late ’80s in The Next Generation, and she has since continued her legacy. After all, this half-human half-Betazoid had the power to sense emotions, which made her the perfect Enterprise counselor.
Since appearing in 176 episodes of The Next Generation, Marina has continually worked within the franchise. She has appeared in all four of the Next Generation movies and countless new TV series’ – including the two most recent, Picard and Lower Decks. When she’s not acting, Marina attends Star Trek conventions across the globe.
Beth Toussaint Coleman Blew Us Away as Ishara Yar, but She Has Retired From Acting To Focus on Being a Mom
Star Trek: The Next Generation saw many characters come and go, but Ishara Yar was one that many just couldn’t forget. Played by Beth Toussaint Coleman, this female human could be found in the 24th century – and what you might not have realized is that she was actually the sister of Natasha Yar. She was a leading figure within the Turkvana IV Coalition, but she only appeared in one episode called “Legacy” in 1990.
When Beth took on this role, she rocked a mullet and a leather jacket, and many hoped that she would make a return to the franchise. However, Beth has been quiet ever since 2006. After welcoming a daughter in 1999, the former actress decided to give up acting when she was a few years old to truly focus on being her mom. Her Instagram bio states “Now photograph, flip, design, style, and mix.”
Sofia Boutella Has Gone From Being the Alien Jaylah To a Hollywood Movie Legend
After starting her career as a dancer, Algerian actress Sofia Boutella eventually made her way into the world of acting. And in 2006, she was given a chance to become an alien from an unknown species in the Star Trek movie, Star Trek Beyond. When 2263 came around, Jaylah was stranded in Atlamid when she decided to fight behind the USS Enterprise team and defeat Krall once and for all.
This movie role was a huge opportunity for the actress and one that thrust her into the limelight. Since then, she has been able to showcase her talents and truly engage in the world of Hollywood. Over the years, she has been able to work on blockbuster hits such as The Mummy, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Fahrenheit 451, and Hotel Artemis.
Many Know Michelle Forbes as Ro Laren, and She Is Still a Huge Name in the World of Television
The Federation was in a constant battle with the Maquis, and many of their members defected to this new resistance. And this was the case for Ro Laren. Although this Bajoran native could once be found on USS Enterprise-D as a Lieutenant, she later left the Federation and joined the resistance instead. And it was Michelle Forbes who got to bring this character and story to life.
After appearing in Star Trek: Generation in 1990, Michelle continued her acting career. While she has starred in major movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay- Part 2 and Gemini, this actress has found even more fame in the TV circuit. Michelle constantly works on TV shows and has so far built up acting credits in projects like True Blood, The Killing, Berlin Station, and Treadstone.
Whoopi Goldberg Has Gone From Playing Bartender Guinan To Becoming a Talk Show Legend
According to reports, Whoopi Goldberg was a huge fan of Star Trek when she was younger. In fact, she loved seeing black actress Nichelle Nichols on the show so much that she told herself that she would one day follow in her shoes. And after making her mark as an actress in the 1980s, Whoopi then asked to appear on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her request was granted, and she took on the role of Enterprise-D bartender Guinan.
Of course, now everyone knows her name. Whoopi is now so famous that some people have forgotten that she appeared in the sci-fi franchise, and it seems as though there’s nothing she can’t do. Whoopi is still an actress, she’s still a Broadway legend, and she’s been hosting the talk show, The View since 2007. She doesn’t show any signs of stopping anytime soon.
Kate Mulgrew Played Captain Kathryn Janeway Before She Became the Head of a Kitchen in Orange is the New Black
Women have always been able to stake their power within the Star Trek universe, but Kate Mulgrew had the chance to make history when she became the first female captain cast as a leading role. As the USS Voyager captain, she held a huge amount of responsibility – and she definitely rose to the occasion. In fact, she became the first-ever captain within the Federation to successfully travel through the Delta Quadrant.
After Voyager came to an end, Kate set her sights on continuing her acting career. Over the years, she has put her name to shows like Mercy, Warehouse 13, and NTSF:SD:SUV::. However, her biggest and most recognizable acting project took place inside Litchfield Penitentiary. Mulgrew played the character of “Red” for six years on Orange is the New Black, but it seems as though she will also soon be reprising her role as Captain for the 2021 Star Trek: Prodigy TV show.
Since Playing Kira Nerys, Nana Visitor Has Continued To Act and Even Had a Small Solar System Named After Her
Nina Visitor made her mark on Broadway before she was offered the chance to appear in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993. And there’s no doubt about the fact that fans instantly fell in love with the former freedom fighter from the Bajor planet. After her stint battling the Cardassian Rebellion, Kira Nerys became an officer within the Deep Space Nine station, and she stayed in this role for six years.
Today, Trekkies across the world still remember this character. And in 2001, amateur astronomer and Star Trek fan William Kwong Yu Yeung decided to name a small solar system he discovered after the actress. Since then, she has continued to act and has bagged herself recurring roles in shows like Family Guy, Wildfire, and Dark Angel. In 2018, she also lent her voice to play Kira Nerys again in the video game Star Trek Online – Victory is Life.
Terry Farrell Appeared as Jadzia Dax and Has Also Had a Small Solar System Named After Her
After starting her career as a model, Terry decided to study acting – and this move definitely paid off. That’s because, in 1993, she was offered the chance to play Jadzia Dax in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. For this role, Terry became the Starfleet science officer in the space station, and this member of the Trill species had the ability to host a 300-year-old symbiont with a huge wealth of knowledge. Her character was certainly one of the coolest.
After six seasons on the show and a whole host of new fans, Terry decided to leave Star Trek behind. Since then, she has also been granted the same honor as Nana Visitor and had a small solar system named after her. Alongside this, she has continued to act and is now perhaps best known for her main role in the 1998 to 2002 TV series, Becker. However, her last acting role came in 2017, so we can’t help but wonder when we’ll see her next.
Denise Crosby Played Security Chief Natasha Yar and Later Produced Two Documentaries About Star Trek
Did you know that Denise Crosby was originally brought in to play Counselor Deanna Troi? Ultimately, though, she was later provided with a different role and took on Security Chief Natasha Yar’s character for 27 episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Although fans loved this strong-willed presence on the screen, Denise didn’t. She noted that “I had all these ideas and couldn’t do them. I was just stage dressing.”
Although Denise decided to leave the show on her own terms, she has still been a member of the Trekkie family for decades. She has voiced Star Trek video games, and she’s even produced two documentaries about the show and the franchise as a whole. In 1997 and 2010, she executive produced Trekkies and Trekkies 2. That was alongside her still-thriving acting career.
Gates McFadden Has Been Playing Dr. Beverly Crusher For Years and She Doesn’t Show Any Signs of Stopping Anytime Soon
Gates McFadden has certainly been on a whirlwind adventure within the Star Trek universe. After joining The Next Generation in season one, she was ultimately let go after a feud with head writer and showrunner Maurice Hurley. However, after fans missed seeing Dr. Beverly Crusher on their screens, she was ultimately given the chance to return for season three. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since being asked to return, Gates has become one of the most famous women within the Star Trek franchise. Not only did she appear in seasons one to seven of the show – excluding the second season, of course – but she also took on this popular role in the four subsequent movies. Since 2014, she has also made her way to Star Trek conventions around the world, as she loves to interact with her Trekkie fans.
Louise Sorel Took on the Minor Role of Rayna Kapec, but She Recently Reprised Her Legendary Role in Days of Our Lives
Although the character of Rayna Kapec only appeared in one episode of The Original Series, “Requiem for Methuselah” is one that got everyone talking. That’s because the introduction of this immortal android that could change its shape just so happened to transform into a beautiful woman in this particular episode. That woman was played by Louise Sorel.
Although Rayna later short-circuited because she couldn’t deal with her intense feelings for Flint and Captain Kirk, you’ll be happy to know that Louise is still safe and well. In fact, this actress is still going strong, and most people know her for her recurring role in the soap opera Day of Our Lives. She has worked on the show on-and-off since 1992, and in 2020 she made a very dramatic return.
Scarlett Pomers Once Played Naomi Wildman, but Now She’s Turned To Music and Is a Famous Singer
The Star Trek franchise has only seen a few child actors make their way into the Starfleet, but Scarlett Pomers has been one of them. She appeared in Voyager as Naomi Wildman, the mixed-species daughter of Samantha Wildman and Ktarian Greskrendregt. For three years she lived on the USS Voyager while it tried to make its way out of the Delta Quadrant.
Pomers was only young when she appeared on this hit show, and it’s fair to say that her life is now very different. After this first stint in showbiz, Scarlett moved onto another show and took on a leading role in the series Reba. However, after battling with her heath, she decided to focus on what made her really happy. She is now a singer-songwriter but prefers to live her life out of the limelight.
Since Making Her Movie Debut as Saavik, Kirstie Alley’s Religious Association Has Caused a Stir
If you cast your mind back to the 1982 movie, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, you’ll probably remember a Vulcan Starfleet officer by the name of Saavik. Although the Genesis project didn’t quite go to plan, Saavik was a key player on USS Enterprise and USS Grissom. And what you might not realize is that this role was actually Kirstie Alley’s movie debut.
Kirstie didn’t return for the sequels as she was offered less money to reprise this role, but that doesn’t mean that the world has forgotten about her. Since her Star Trek days, Kirstie has stayed in the limelight – but not always for the best reasons. While she’s appeared on shows like Scream Queens and Dancing with the Stars, it’s Kirstie’s association with the Church of Scientology that has got everyone talking. In fact, she has lost many fans because of it.
Kim Cattrall Helped To Create the Character of Valeris, but Is Now Known for Her Role as Samantha Jones
In 1991, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country was released. And while fans were fully involved in the Klingon Empire’s pursuit of peace, new characters also caught their attention. One character that left everyone speechless was Lieutenant Valeris, played by actress Kim Cattrall. Amazingly, Kim helped the production team create this character, and she decided on the hairstyle and the name of Valeris.
And while Trekkies still remember this actress for her role on USS Enterprise, others know her for her role as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. She appeared in 94 episodes of the main Sex and the City show as well as the countless movie sequels, but she will be absent from the upcoming reboot. She’s not twiddling her thumbs, though. In 2020, Kim starred in, and executive produced the TV show, Filthy Rich.
Roxann Dawson Stepped Into the Shoes of B’Elanna Torres but Is Now Making Movies Inspired by Her Faith
Appearing in 170 episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, Roxann Dawson will forever be known as B’Elanna Torres to Star Trek fans across the globe. This Klingon-Human hybrid could be recognized by her cranial ridges. Despite the fact that she dropped out of the Starfleet Academy, she eventually worked her way up to become Chief Engineer aboard the Voyager ship. But it seems as though Roxann’s life has changed since her time in space.
Although Roxann has worked consistently as an actress since her days on the show and put her name to huge productions such as This is Us, The Deuce, and Bates Motel, she’s also made her directorial debut. After converting to catholicism before getting married in 1994, Roxann used her faith to direct a 2019 Christian movie called Breakthrough.
Cynthia Gouw Has Transformed From Romulan Representative Caithlin Dar To a News Reporter
In 1989, Cynthia Gouw bagged herself the role as Caithlin Dar in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. This was just her third acting role, but it wasn’t long before the series’s fans had fallen in love with this sparkly Romulan representative. This cheery individual hailed from the “Planet of Galactic Peace,” and while her role was short-lived, it will be forever remembered.
But since her days on Nimbus III, Cynthia has only put her name to three other movies – and her last acting credit came in 1992. She’s not out of the limelight, though. For the past decade or so, Cynthia’s main role has been as a television news anchor. She’s an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and she’s also continued her career as a successful model. She’s certainly keeping herself busy.
Although Barbara Babcock Blew Us Away as Philana, She Has Been Retired for Almost a Decade
In the “Plato’s Stepchildren” episode of The Original Series, we watched Barbara Babcock step into the shoes of Philana, the wife of the leader of the Platonians. Amazingly, this character was hundreds of years old, but her powers allowed her to stop aging when she was just 30 years old. Like all Platonians, she also had psychokinetic powers.
Although Barbra took on the role of Philana, this wasn’t the only character she played within the Star Trek universe. She also portrayed Mea 3 in “A Taste of Armageddon” within the same series. After these roles, the actress continued to reign supreme over Hollywood and worked on countless television shows. However, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2004, Barbara decided to retire.
Since Playing the Character of Miri, Kim Darby Has Continued Her Acting Career and Teaches on the Side
Miri appeared in The Original Series, and while her stint was short, many Trekkies still remember this young woman. Or perhaps we should call her an old woman. The USS Enterprise found Miri in a new world where the life prolongation project had taken effect, and she was actually over 300 years old. But after helping Captain Kirk with his mission, Miri and the remaining members of her planet were cared for by the medical team.
For this role, Kim Darby stepped into the shoes of Miri. She was just a youngster at the time, but this role spurred her on to become a success. In fact, just three years later, she took on the leading role in the Hollywood movie, True Grit. After that, her career took a turn as she suffered health problems. But in research years, Kim has been able to slowly get back into the acting game while also teaching acting on the side.
Diana Muldaur Appeared as Miranda Jones Before Disappearing From the Acting World, but She Recently Finished Filming a New Movie
While Dr. Miranda Jones was a human, this blind telepath had never actually visited her home planet. Instead, she spent most of her time on Vulcan, perfecting her craft and honing her psychic powers. Her place within The Original Series was short, but that doesn’t mean that Miranda Jones’ place on the show was the same. In fact, this actress appeared in different roles within this Star Trek series as she also took on Katherine Pulaski’s character.
After starring in Star Trek, Diana continued her acting career well into the 1980s. But then things seemed to slow down for her. After voicing the character of Dr. Leslie Thompkins in Batman: The Animated Series from 1992 until 1992, she seemed to disappear off the face of the Earth. However, she has just finished filming a new movie called Finding Hannah, which is currently in post-production.
Catherine Hicks Once Took on the Role of Dr. Gillian Taylor, and She’s Now Made a Name for Herself as a Philanthropist
The 1986 movie Star Trek: The Voyage Home is a fan favorite of Trekkies worldwide, and it seems as though they loved Catherine Hicks’ portrayal of Dr. Gillian Taylor. Hailing from the 1980s, Admiral Kirk was especially interested in this Cetacean biologist due to her fascination for whales. This was exactly what he needed back in the 23rd century, so Dr. Taylor became a priceless addition to the team.
And it seems as though this was a major career moment for Catherine as well. While she has continued to act since her days as the Cetacean Institute assistant director, she’s since put more of her attention into her philanthropy and charity work. Catherine has been a member of the Los Angeles Homeless Action Committee for years, and she’s also worked as a volunteer for The League of Women Voters.
A Young Ashley Judd Played Robin Lefler in Star Trek Before Becoming a Household Name in Acting and Philanthropy
If you cast your mind back to 1991, you might remember two episodes of The Next Generation called “Darmok” and “The Game.” These two episodes featured a new character named Robin Lefler, an Ensign who graduated from the Starfleet Academy and ultimately became an engineer. This young character was played by the one and only Ashley Judd, who is now one of Hollywood’s most famous people.
As well as putting her name to blockbuster movies such as The Divergent Series, Olympus Has Fallen, and Tooth Fairy, in recent years, Ashley has also become a household name in activism and philanthropy. After speaking out as part of the #MeToo movement, Ashley has fought tirelessly for women’s rights and has supported countless female-centered charities across America and the rest of the world.
April Grace Won Us Over as Maggie Hubbell, and She’s Since Continued To Take on Minor Roles in Major TV Shows
Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation often featured the same characters, and April Grace had the pleasure of appearing in both of these series as Maggie Hubbell. This transporter chief showcased her power and authority over the USS Enterprise, and she overlooked some of the biggest events to happen aboard the ship. Thankfully, April was up to the task.
Since her time on the show, April has continued to make her living through acting. And while she’s not a huge name, she has worked on huge productions. She’s taken on minor characters in TV shows like Sons of Anarchy, Pretty Little Liars, and Sneaky Pete. Plus, she’s even bagged herself roles in major movies like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Joker.
Jolene Blalock Played T’Pol for Four Years, and It’s Still Her Most Famous Role To Date
Star Trek: Enterprise saw countless women make their way onto the ship, but Jolene Blalock is still remembered as one of the best. For this role, she became T’Pol, a female Vulcan who assisted the humans on the ship for many years – longer than any non-human before her. As a first officer and science officer, she certainly made her mark.
Today, Jolene Blalock is still remembered for this role. She played this character from 2001 until 2005, and she became known as somewhat of a sci-fi legend. After her stint on the show came to an end, she landed roles in other sci-fi projects like Starship Troopers and Stargate SG-1. However, her acting credits have been few and far between because people only ever associate her with T’Pol.
Since Taking on the Role of Lily Sloane, Alfre Woodard Has Become One of the Busiest Members of the Star Trek Family
1996 saw the release of Star Trek: First Contact, and this movie allowed Alfre Woodard to become Lily Sloane. This human female had the pleasure of changing the course of history – well, the future – when she built the Earth’s first warp-capable ship during the 2060s. She worked closely will Zefram Cochrane, and they put all of their efforts into this feat of engineering.
But it seems as though it wasn’t just Alfre’s character that worked hard. Since her role in the movie, this actress has become one of the busiest of the lot. She’s become a Hollywood legend, putting her name to huge movies like 12 Years a Slave, Captain American: Civil War, and the 2019 The Lion King remake. In 2021 she will also star alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie Fatherhood.
Nicole de Boer Became Counselor Ezri Dax but Is Now the Star of Her Very Own Television Show
During the final season of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, we were introduced to a character by the name of Counselor Ezri Dax. This character could be found aboard the space station, and she was a hugely important member of the fleet, considering she was the ninth host of the Dax symbiont. The joined Trill took over this role after Jadzia passed away, although she was only in the role for a few episodes.
Nicole de Boer played the character of Ezri, and there’s no doubt about the fact that Star Trek fans everywhere will forever remember this actress for this iconic role. However, nowadays, she can be found in a Canadian crime drama called Private Eyes. Nicole has played Becca Dorsay’s character for five years, and she also has a movie role in the works right now.
Decades After Her First Appearance, Jeri Ryan Is Still Playing Seven of Nine Today
In 1997, Jeri Ryan had already spent years as a struggling actress. But her life changed – and so did the lives of Star Trek fans everywhere – when she made her debut in season four of Star Trek: Voyager. For this role, Jeri played Borg drone Seven of Nine. Not only had this leading lady been freed from the alien race’s collective consciousness, but she’d also had a huge impact on the show’s ratings. In fact, they increased 60% after her debut.
Jeri’s appearance on the show thrust the whole series into the limelight, but it also gave the actress the chance to truly get her name out there. She quickly became one of the most famous people on the show, which only increased the job offers that came her way. She’s been acting ever since, and in 2020 she was given the chance to reprise her role in Star Trek: Picard. Of course, she couldn’t turn it down.