Iconic Female Characters of ‘Star Trek’

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Calling all Star Trek fans. We’ve put this together just for you. If these iconic characters bring back memories, then we’re right there with you. The following characters may not have been the most vital to the series, but boy oh boy are they some of our favorites! We hope you enjoy this collection of legendary female Star Trek characters.

Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols will be forever known (and beloved) for her role as Nyota Uhura in Star Trek: The Original Series. Her role as one of the most prominent supporting actors in a major TV production was groundbreaking for black women. At one point, she wanted to leave the show and pursue a Broadway career, but Martin Luther King Jr, apparently quite the Star Trek fan, encouraged her to stay and continue to be a role model for black women and children.

Mae Jemison, former NASA astronaut and the first black woman to go to space, was inspired by Nichols to pursue a career as an astronaut. In the episode “Platos Stepchildren,” Lt Uhura and Captain Kirk kiss. This was the first interracial kiss on a scripted US television show.

Sarah Silverman

Sarah Silverman is one of the few women we could list who’s name is probably familiar to you, but who’s appearance on Star Trek is probably a surprise. Her fame comes largely from her comedic career, including stand-up comedy and the Sarah Silverman Show. Her guest appearance on Voyager is during the season three episode “Future’s End.” She plays Rain Robinson, and astronomer at the Griffith Observatory who mistakes Voyager for extraterrestrial life.

Barbara Bouchet

Barbara’s most famous role is probably that of Miss Moneypenny in the 1967 Casino Royale film, but that’s far from the hardworking actress’s only role. In 1968 she appeared in the Star Trek episode “By Any Other Name” as Kelinda, one of a group of humanoid aliens from the Andromeda galaxy who attempt to commandeer the Enterprise after their own ship is destroyed.

Charline Polite

Charlene Polite appears in the Cloud Minders, where she portrays Vanna, the leader of a group of rebels fighting back against the apartheid politics of their homeworld. Initially believing that the Enterprise had come to crush the rebellion with overwhelming force, she attempts to abduct Kirk, only to find in him a strong supporter of her cause.

Sherry Jackson

Sherry Jackson began her acting career at a young age, appearing in Fireside Theater at the age of seven. She first gained notoriety for her role in the Danny Thomas Show, appearing in 133 episodes before leaving the show. At the age of 24, she appears in the Star Trek episode “What Are Little Girls Made Of?” (Season 1, Episode 7). She played Andrea, an android women created as part of a plot to replace key members of the Federation with android duplicates.

Droxine

Diana Ewing appeared in Season 3, Episode 21, “The Cloud Minders.” In the episode, she plays Droxine, the daughter of Plasus, the main antagonist in the episode. She develops a small crush on Spock, and eventually begins to oppose her father. Diana appeared in several more TV shows and a few movies, with her final appearance being in 1977 on Washington: Behind Closed Doors.

Teri Hatcher

Teri Hatcher is now quite famous for her starring roles in Desperate Housewives and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Before that, though, she appeared in the Next Generation episode The Outrageous Okona. Her name won’t pop up in the credits, though. Many of her scenes were cut before the show aired, and as a result, she asked that her name not be included in the credits. She played Lt B.G. Robinson, a transporter chief who catches the eye of Thadiun Okona.

Jennifer Hetrick

Jennifer Hetrick appears in Star Trek: The Next Generation and again in Deep Space Nine. She first appears in “Captain’s Holiday,” in which she and Captain Picard fall in love while thwarting a group of thieves trying to steal a precious artifact. She turns up again in “Qpid,” when Q abducts her along with the Enterprise’s senior staff and forces them to play out a strange Robin Hood scenario. Finally, she appears in the DS9 episode “Q-Less,” when an egg she’s mistaken for an artifact hatches on board the station. Vash’s relationship with Picard is unique, because while they share a fascination with history and archaelogy, Vash has virtually no ethics in the way she pursues knowledge and artiacts while Picard is ethical to a fault.

Linda Park

Linda plays Hoshi Sato, the communications officer on Star Trek: Enterprise. Sato is a linguistic genius who speaks over 40 languages, with a natural talent for translating new ones. Although she’s portrayed as being very close to Captain Archer, and there’s an implied history between the two, this is never explored on the show. Like her character, Linda has a gift for languages, as she’s fully fluent in English and Korean, and speaks a good deal of French as well.


Leslie Parish

Playing Leiutenant Carolyn Palamas, Leslie Parrish appeared in one of the most memorable episodes of the original series. The Enterprise is grabbed by an enormous, ghostly green hand, and the crew are captured by a being who identifies itself as the Greek god Apollo before he claims Lt Palamas as his consort. Although she finds herself romantically drawn to Apollo, Carolyn puts the needs of the crew first, and helps them escape. Leslie was already a well-known face in Hollywood at the time, having starred in The Manchurian Candidate, For Love or Money, and Three on a Couch.

Marina Sirtis

Although she was originally cast as the ship’s security officer, Marina Sirtis ended up portraying Deeana Troi, the ship’s counselor, for the entirety of Next Generation’s run. Troi has empathic abilities that allow her to read and feel the emotions of others, which makes her remarkably effective as a couselor and valuable as an advisor to Captain Picard. The accent Troi speaks with is Sirtis’ creation- she describes it as a mix of Eastern European and Israeli. Her natural accent is Cockney. If you pay close attention, you’ll notice that the accent slowly fades as the show goes on.

Chase Masterson

Best known as the recurring character Leeta on Deep Space Nine, Chase Masterson is also a singer with two jazz albums to her name. Leeta works as a Dabo girl in Quark’s bar, meaning she’s responsible for running the games and attracting customers. Initially seeming to be an airhead, it becomes apparent later one that Leeta is intelligent and strong, only putting on a carefree attitude to help lure in customers.

Beth Toussaint

While you might recognize her from her recurring role on Dallas, Beth Toussaint also plays Ishara Yar, sister of the deceased Tasha Yar, in season 4 of Next Generation. Ishara is the representative of one of the warring factions on her homeworld when the Enterprise arrives to respond to a distress signal and attempts to rescue the crew of a freighter who’ve become stranded in the war zone.

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan’s performance as Seven-of-Nine on Voyager won her multiple Saturn awards. The character was an instant fan-favorite both because of how well Ryan played the role, and because they were fascinated by a former Borg drone slowly regaining her humanity. Seven-of-Nine quickly became one of the most interesting characters in the history of Star Trek, with storylines exploring her past life, her assimilation into the Borg, and her struggles to live as a human again. Ryan reprises the role as Seven-of-Nine in Star Trek: Picard.

‘Noa Tishby’

Noa Tishby is an Israeli actress whose career has included appearances alongside Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson, and Matthew McConaughey. She’s also worked as a producer, collaborating with Mark Wahlberg. In Season 3, Episode 15 of Star Trek: Enterprise as Amanda Cole, a brief love interest of Commander Tucker who causes some tension between him and T’Pol.

Alice Eve

Alive Eve plays Science Office Dr. Carol Marcus in Star Trek: Into Darkness. Carol is the daughter of Admiral Marcus, a factor which later saves the Enterprise and Captain Kirk from destruction at the hands of the treacherous Admiral. Alice’s career includes dozens of TV and stage appearances in addition to her long list of film appearances.

Denise Crosby

Denise Crosby, the granddaughter of Bing Crosby, was originally cast to play the role of Counsellor Deeana Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation, but Gene Roddenberry decided to have Denise and Marina Sirtis switch roles. Denise ended up playing Tasha Yar, the ship’s security officer, for 22 episodes before leaving the show. Despite many rumors to the contrary, it was Denise’s decision to leave the show, as she wasn’t happy with her character’s relegation to a supporting role.

Gates McFadden

Gates McFadden played Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Her character was a fan favorite, and she appears in every season except season 2. At the end of the first season, the show’s head writer demanded that she be let go, as he didn’t like working with her. Her replacement in season 2 never developed much chemistry with the other characters, and she was asked to rejoin the cast for the third season.

Dr Crusher is close with Captain Picard, with some hints at a romantic interest between the two that never fully develops. She’s a widow and a mother, and these traits both feature prominantly in her character arc.

Grace Lee Whitney

Grace Lee Whitney portrayed Janice Rand, the captain’s yeoman, during the first season of the original series and three of the films. Her character was meant to be Kirk’s confidant, and Roddenberry always wanted there to be a deep affection- always implied, never open- between the two. After the first season, she was let go because the writers and producers felt that her character limited the romantic possibilities for Kirk.

Susan Oliver

Susan Oliver’s role in Star Trek is in The Cage, the original pilot episode of the series (although parts of it are reused in the episode The Menagerie). Oliver plays a young woman named Vina, a survivor of a scientific expedition that had been missing for eighteen years. A race of aliens with strange powers intend to use Vina and Captain Pike as breed stock to create a race of slaves to repopulate their planet, and they attempt, via their powers of illusion.

She would go on to appear in numerous other TV shows and films, but her appearance as an Orion slave girl (one of the illusions used on Pike) became one of the most iconic images associated with Star Trek, and therefore, one of her most iconic roles.

Julie Newmar

Perhaps most famous for her role as Catwoman in the Batman TV show, Julie Newmar also stars in a fantastic Star Trek episode. In “Friday’s Child,” she plays Eleen of Capella, the wife of Akaar, the ruler of the tribes of Capellla. When her husband is murdered in a coup, she’s sentenced to death and Kirk intervenes. Through a series of events, she manages to rise to power and signs a vital mining treaty with the Federation. Newmar’s extensive list of television appearances has made her one of the most iconic television actresses of all time.

Nana Visitor

Nana Visitor played the Bajoran Kira Nerys in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She’s functionally the executive officer onboard the Deep Space Nine space station and appears throughout the show’s run. She’s initially unhappy with the Federation, preferring that her people be left alone, but over the course of the series, she becomes a strong advocate for her people to join the Federation. She also wrestles with her traditional religion.

Menina Fortunato

Menina Fortunato appears alongside Cyia Batten as one of the three Orion slave girls in the Enterprise episode “Bound.” The three use attempt to manipulate and control the Enterprise crew, although their efforts are ultimately unsuccessful and they’re revealed to be agents rather than slaves, given to the Enterprise crew in the hopes of allowing the ship to be captured by the Orions. If you like these so far, check out our top 10 list of the best female actors from the star trek series.

Rachel Nichols

Rachel Nichols appears in Star Trek (2009) as Gaila, an Orion Starfleet cadet who has a fling with Kirk. She had previously held a starring role on the show Alias as Rachel Gibson, a CIA agent. It was through her role on Alias that she came to know Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who wrote for the show as well as the Star Trek movie.

Cyia Batten

A professional dancer as well as a model and actress, Cyia Batten has actually appeared in three different Star Trek series: Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. Fans probably recognize her most from her appearance on Enterprise, in the season 4 episode “Bound.” She plays one of three Orion slave girls whose pheromones alter the behavior of the Enterprise crew. Cyia has appeared in several movies and TV shows, and has a successful career as a professional dancer, even dancing for The Pussycat Dolls.

Bobbi Sue Luther

Bobbi Sue Luther portrays the first Orion Slave Girl to appear on screen since the Original Series in the fourth season of Star Trek: Enterprise. She appears in an Orion slave market, being auctioned off, as Captain Archer is attempting to locate and free several members of his crew who had been taken captive. Prior to auditioning for the role, she had never seen an episode of Star Trek.

Denise Crosby

This is her second time on the list, but with a much different look. So good we had to show you both.

Angelique Pettyjohn

Although she only appeared in one episode, Angelique Pettyjohn became a fan favorite at Star Trek conventions. Her role in the season two episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion” was Shahna, the trainer of Captain Kirk. In the episode, the Enterprise crew is taken captive and trained to fight as gladiators. Kirk and Shahna develop a surprising rapport as they train, and this allows Kirk to gain the upper hand at a critical moment in the episode.

Lois Jewell

Lois Jewell plays Drusilla in the Original Series second season episode “Bread and Circuses.” Drusilla is a slave girl in a culture that’s based on the Roman Empire. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy having been captured, are set to fight as gladiators, and Drusilla is given to Kirk on the last night before his fight. Lois would go one to act mainly in commercials until giving up acting and going into business with her husband.

Nicole de Boer

Nicole played Ezri Dax in the final season of Deep Space Nine. Dax is the counselor on the space station, and she’s a Trill, which is a species composed of a host and a symbiont. The previous Dax host died at the end of the sixth season, and Ezri was created to ensure that Kira Nerys wouldn’t be the only female main character during the final season. Nicole also had a starring role as Sarah Bannerman on the series The Dead Zone.

Musetta Vander

Musetta appears in Star Trek Voyager as Derran Tal, a separatist on a massive generation ship who helped to create a parasite that threatens to destroy their own ship as well as Voyager. She also has a brief afair with Harry Kim, which results in a unique physiological bond between the two. Musetta has had a long, successful acting career in TV, video games, and movies. In addition to her role on Voyager, you may recognize her from her appearances in Kicking and Screaming, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Frasier, and Wild Wild West.

Johanna Watts