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Michelle Forbes (born January 8, 1965) 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, In Treatment and Prison Break. A longtime resident of New York City, Forbes owned a house in Los Angeles` Hollywood Dell neighborhood.
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. 1994 she played George`s girlfriend Julie in the Seinfeld episode The Big Salad.
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. Her first major television role after Star Trek 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 Dr. Lyla Garrity. The series was critically hailed, but it only aired for a few weeks in the US before being cancelled. Forbes herself described it as a "mess that put [her] off series television". She then learned British Sign Language for the role of the profoundly deaf wife of Detective Red Metcalfe (Ken Stott) in the 2001 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.
In 2002 she joined the cast of the 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 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.
In 2006, Forbes was a recurring cast member on Prison Break playing Samantha Brinker. She appeared on another sci-fi series, as the unflinchingly militaristic Admiral Helena Cain in season two of Battlestar Galactica. She reprised that role in the two-hour special Battlestar Galactica: Razor, which was broadcast between the third and fourth seasons during November 2007. In season six (2007) of the BBC One drama Waking The Dead, Michelle Forbes played the role of Sarah, a Mossad agent interested in the latest mystery uncovered by the London cold case squad in the episode "Yahrzeit." She also appeared briefly in the season seven opening episode "Missing Persons."
In 2008, Forbes appeared in the HBO 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 in 2009. She also briefly appeared in the season four finale of ABC`s Lost as Karen Decker. Forbes joined the cast of HBO series True Blood for the last three episodes of the first season as a supernatural character named Maryann.
In 2009, Forbes is slated to reprise her semi-regular roles on In Treatment and True Blood, and will also join the cast of the Canadian series Durham County for its second season as Dr. Penelope Verity.
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Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo
Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo (born January 8, 1965) is an American actress who has built a career of work in television and independent film and has acted in productions in both the United States and in Britain. Forbes first gained attention from her dual role in daytime soap opera Guiding Light, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. She has also been nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Awards during her career.
High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston
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Michelle Forbes (I)
Date of Birth 8 January 1965, Austin, Texas, USA
Birth Name Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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Michelle Forbes was born on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas, USA as Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo. She is an actress, known for The Killing (2011), In Treatment (2008) and Battlestar Galactica (2004).
Ross Kettle (1990 - ?) (divorced)
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Often plays characters who are anti-authority
Dark hair and pale skin
Large hazel eyes
Deep husky voice
Statuesque, model-like figure
After appearing in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) as Ro Laren, she was approached to play the same character in a starring role on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). When she turned down the part, because she didn't want to commit to a regular television role at that point in her career, a new Bajoran character, Kira Nerys, was created and Nana Visitor was cast in that part.
Prior to introducing the character of "Ensign Ro Laren" in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Ensign Ro (1991), she appeared in a small part in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Half a Life (1991), as "Dara", the daughter of "Dr. Timicin", played by David Ogden Stiers.
A Star Trek action figure was made in the likeness of Ensign Ro Laren, her character on the series.
In order to play the deaf character of "Susan Metcalfe" on the BBC series Messiah (2001), she learned British Sign Language within six days.
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On turning down Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993): There were all sorts of rumors about why I didn't take [the DS9 role] and that I was quite arrogant about the whole thing. It wasn't that at all. It was, again, about wanting variety in my career. If I'd gone on to do DS9, I might not have had the variety I've been lucky to have in my career. That's not to say I wasn't grateful for the opportunity; I genuinely was. However, I had to make a choice that felt right for me, which was a difficult one, especially as a young actor being offered a steady job. (TV Zone Magazine, January 2005)
About her character on Battlestar Galactica (2004): I tend to play a lot of authoritative, strong women, so initially this simply wasn't something I wanted to do. God bless them, though, for being so pursuant of me. The Galactica producers sent me a set of DVDs, because I had never seen the show, either. Galactica is amazingly good and well-written. I shudder to think I almost lost out on working with those wonderful people and on such a powerful story. (TV Zone Magazine, January 2005).
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While she has appeared in a handful of feature films, Michelle Forbes is best known for her TV work in the 1990s. Born in Austin, TX, Forbes moved to New York when she joined the cast of daytime serial The Guiding Light in 1987. Moving to prime time after 1989, Forbes endeared herself to legions of Trekkies as Ensign Ro on Star Trek: The New Generation during the 1991-1992 season. Leaving the show to pursue feature films, the actress appeared in the Irish romance The Playboys (1992), co-starred with David Duchovny as the unwitting companions of Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis' homicidal couple in Kalifornia (1992), and helped send up the Hollywood snakepit in Swimming With Sharks (1994). Following a couple of B-films and a supporting turn in John Carpenter's over-the-top sequel Escape From L.A. (1996), Forbes returned to series TV on the highly praised NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street in 1996. Though her character was written out after 1998, Forbes returned for the final TV film Homicide: The Movie (2000). She seemed on track to add another well-regarded series to her resum√© in 2000 as one of the doctors on duty in Peter Berg's edgy mental hospital drama Wonderland, but ABC showed little patience for the show's slow start and yanked it off the air after a couple of episodes. After Wonderland's quick disappearance, Forbes played photographer Jared Harris's wife in the fashion world feature Perfume (2001). Despite an illustrious ensemble cast, though, Perfume didn't fare much better than Robert Altman's ignominious haute couture flop Ready to Wear (1994). Finding better work in TV, Forbes appeared in the cable western The Johnson County War (2002) and joined the cast of Fox's much lauded real time CIA drama 24 in 2002, playing a tough, loyal aide to Dennis Haysbert's President Palmer. She continued her run of being part of well-respected TV shows with recurring roles in Battlestar Galactica, In Treatment, True Blood, and AMC's The Killing.
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Michelle Forbes is currently single.
She was married to Ross Kettle.
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