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Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes (born January 8, 1967) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her television work on shows such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, Homicide: Life on the Street, 24, Battlestar Galactica, Lost and Prison Break.

Personal life

Forbes was born Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo in Austin, Texas. A longtime resident of New York City, Forbes owns a house in Los Angeles' Hollywood Dell neighborhood.

Career

Early work

Initially wanting to do ballet, Forbes moved to New York at age 16 to audition for a film role, and ended up with the William Morris Agency. In 1987, she was cast in a pivotal role on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. She received acclaim for her portrayal of the complicated dual role of Sonni/Solita; she was just 20 years old when she was cast, and was involved in a story with two of the show's powerhouse characters. Forbes earned a Daytime Emmy nomination.

After this role, she continued in theater, which was an early love of hers, and began appearing in small guest roles on television to raise her profile.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

In 1991, she had a small role in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation as the daughter of a character played by David Ogden Stiers ("Half a Life"). The producers were evidently impressed, as she was brought back in the fifth season to play Ro Laren, a recurring character, for several episodes. Ro was a Bajoran whose insubordinate attitude made her several enemies, but the crew of the Enterprise - particularly Guinan (Whoopi Goldberg) - took her in.

With Star Trek: The Next Generation such a hit, the producers decided to make another Trek series: Deep Space Nine. They originally envisioned Ensign Ro as the lead character, but at that stage in her career, Forbes wasn't interested in a long-running television role, so a new character, Kira Nerys (Nana Visitor) was created for the show. Forbes said she would be willing to guest star in DS9, but this never came to pass.

Forbes returned - to the enjoyment of the fans - for one final episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation entitled Preemptive Strike. Ro Laren remains a hugely popular character amongst Trek fandom, and Dennis Haysbert, with whom she later starred in 24 was said to be starstruck working alongside "Ensign Ro". Perhaps because of her huge fan base, the producers asked Forbes back again when launching Star Trek: Voyager but she again declined.

Television

Forbes also guest starred in an episode of Seinfeld, playing a girlfriend of George Costanza (Jason Alexander) in the episode "The Big Salad".

Forbes appeared in "Stitch in Time", a second season episode of The Outer Limits and followed that with a role with Stockard Channing in a TV film entitled The Prosecutors in 1996.

Her first major television role was as Julianna Cox in Homicide: Life on the Street from 1996 to 1998. In 1998, Forbes was written out of the show as part of a massive cast change which many fans see as responsible for the show's demise just one season later. She returned in the 2000 TV movie.

In 2000, Forbes had a recurring role in the first eight episodes of the TV series The District which she followed up with the TV series Wonderland, a series set in a mental institution. Forbes played one of the doctors. The series was critically hailed, but it only aired for a few weeks before being cancelled. Forbes herself described it as a "mess that put [her] off series television".

In 2001, Forbes learned British Sign Language for the role of the profoundly deaf wife of Detective Red Metcalfe (Ken Stott) in the BBC television serial Messiah, and she returned for the sequels in 2003 and 2004. She also appeared in Perfume (aka Dress to Kill), an ensemble film about the world of fashion.

Forbes's next foray into television was in 2002, when she joined the cast of the Kiefer Sutherland-led FOX series 24. The series, set in real time over the course of one day, had been a critical success during its first season. Forbes played Lynne Kresge, aide to President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert). Notoriously, several plot points - including Lynne Kresge's fate - were left open and never resolved; while the show returned for a third season, Forbes did not.

In 2004, Forbes was part of the cast of Mark Milgard's Dandelion which received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival; appeared at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, in a short named Al Roach: Private Insectigator alongside James Garner; and also provided the voice of Dr. Judith Mossman, a character in the video game Half-Life 2. In 2005, Forbes was set to head the cast of Mark Burnett's television series based on the Global Frequency series of comic books, but the pilot was not picked up. She subsequently guest starred on Alias and The Inside.

She appeared on another sci-fi series, as the unflinchingly militarist Admiral Helena Cain on three episodes of Battlestar Galactica, in 2005 and 2006. She reprised that role in the two-hour special Battlestar Galactica: Razor, which was broadcast between the third and fourth seasons during November 2007. It was released in a slightly extended version on DVD December 4, 2007.

In 2006, Forbes was a recurring cast member on Prison Break playing Samantha Brinker, and she appeared in an episode of Boston Legal. Forbes had a lead role in the 2007 film Unthinkable directed by Keoni Waxman.

On February 18-19 2007, in Series 6 Episode 6 of the BBC One drama Waking The Dead, Michelle Forbes plays the role of Sarah, a Mossad agent interested in the latest mystery uncovered by the London cold case squad. The episode is titled "Yahrzeit." She also appeared briefly in the Series 7 opening story "Missing Persons."

In 2008, Forbes appeared in the HBO dramatic series In Treatment, starring Gabriel Byrne, as Kate Weston, the wife of Byrne's character. She will reprise the role of Kate for season two. She also guest starred in the season four finale of Lost as Karen Decker.

Feature films

In 1993, she starred with David Duchovny, Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis in the cult film Kalifornia, following this up alongside Kevin Spacey and Frank Whaley in Swimming with Sharks and in John Carpenter's Escape From L.A..

Awards

Year Award Category

Production Nomination/Win
1990 Daytime Emmy Outstanding Supporting Actress The Guiding Light Nomination
1990 Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Villainess The Guiding Light Nomination
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Ensemble 24 Nomination (shared with co-stars of 24)

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