Picard’s sadistic torturer Gul Madred is played by actor David Warner in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Jean-Luc Picard memorably confronts Madred, saying he finds him a “pitiable man.” Madred was a Cardassian officer, and he was put in charge of Picard’s interrogation.
He nearly broke the will of the starship captain. Besides TNG, Warner has starred in Star Trek productions, “Star Trek: V: The Final Frontier” and “Star Trek: VI: The Undiscovered Country.” In the latter, he played Chancellor Gorkon, and in the former, St. John Talbot. Sadly, in 2022, Warner passed away from a cancer-related illness. He was just five days shy of turning 81.
Orla Brady as Laris & Tallinn
Orla Brady is an award-winning Irish and English stage actress who studied at Philippe Gaulier’s acting school in France. She performed in countless stage productions before landing Star Trek. Her character Laris and Picard kindled a romance that was cut short when he had to depart.
She also plays Tallinn who is like a guardian angel character. Brady says she thinks that Tallinn, who obviously looks similar to Laris, is brought into the series to create a sort of love triangle in Picard and alter his progression as a character. In 2022, Brady appeared in an episode of the crime comedy series "Death in Paradise."
Jess Bush as Christine Chapel
This actress made it in showbiz after appearing on “Australia’s Next Top Model.” Jess Bush stars in “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.” As Nurse Christine Chapel, Bush was faced with the intimidating task of performing the part originally played by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the legendary actress from "The Original Series."
The actress told “The Hollywood Reporter” that it was a huge honor to play Nurse Chapel. She viewed all of Majel’s performances, but she got the part by making Nurse Chapel all her own. In terms of what she is doing right now with her life, we have pretty much covered everything already.
Cirroc Lofton as Jake Sisko
In 1992, Cirroc Lofton was cast for “Deep Space Nine.” He was the youngest cast member at age 14 when he first played Jake Sisko and he stayed on for the show’s entire run. He also appeared on “7th Heaven.” In 2004, Lofton joined other Star Trek actors in “Trekkies 2,” a documentary about the show.
He also took part in a fan film called “Star Trek: Of Gods and Men” which was directed by Tim Russ who plays Tuvok. After Star Trek, Lofton got a starring role on “The Hoop Life.” His last acting credit was in the movie "The Wedding Pact 2: The Baby Pact."
Babs Olusanmokun as Joseph M’Benga
This Nigerian American actor joined the “Strange New World” series in 2022. Babs Olusanmokun got his start in New York. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt champion. He has a long list of television credits including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and “Roots.”
Talking to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Olusanmokun shares the complexity and the beauty of playing Dr. M’Benga. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph M’Benga was first played by Booker Bradshaw in The Original Series. He said the character’s relationship with his granddaughter was touching. He also starred in “Dune.”