As a proud member of the LGBTQ+ acting community, Wilson Cruz was the first to play an openly gay character on a television program. It was “My So-Called Life.” The Brooklyn-born New Yorker joined Star Trek for the first season of “Discovery.” We meet Cruz’s character, Hugh Culber then.
He starts out as a minor character who was rescued as a Borg drone. But as a member of the ship’s top medical team, Culber becomes a main character in the second season. Fun fact: Hugh Culber was ranked by “Syfy” as the 10th sexiest Star Trek character back in 2019.
Evan Evagora as Elnor
Evan Evagora hails from Australia, and he is the first Australian cast member in a Star Trek television series. He promptly picked up the nickname “Space Legolas” via internet fandom because of his resemblance to the "Lord of the Rings" character. Despite those ears on Elnor, he is not a Vulcan.
It was in “Star Trek: Picard” where Evagora played the hand-combat fighter from Romulan. Fans were astonished he was killed off in Season 2. So, it was welcomed news when Elnor came back to life for the season finale after being revived by Q. Elnor also appeared as a ghost and as a hologram during the season.
William Morgan Sheppard as Dr. Ira Graves
British-born actor William Sheppard performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 12 years before acting on television and in films. He had roles in several Star Trek television series. He’s most recognized as Dr. Ira Graves, a cybernetic specialist and one of the top scientific thinkers of the Federation.
He is the Delta quadrant alien in the Klingon race who, realizing he was dying, plotted to transfer his entire consciousness to Data’s body in 2365. But it was found out and transferred from Data to the USS Enterprise’s main database. Sadly, the talented actor passed away in 2019 at the age of 86.
Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker
Television actor Michelle Hurd starred in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as Monique Jeffries. Getting her start, she studied theatre at London’s National Theatre after graduating from Boston University. Hurd has the role of Raffi Musiker in “Star Trek: Picard," a character that Trekkies far and wide have quickly fallen in love with.
Raffi is a human from the 24th century who serves Picard as an admiral in Starfleet. Hurd landed the role in 2019 and the show has been streaming since 2020. The actress has also starred in “Leap Years” and “The Glades.” She also starred alongside Sydney Sweeney in the 2023 rom-com "Anyone But You."
Doug Jones as Saru
This actor is a contortionist who plays many grotesque creatures, usually created with prosthetics and heavy makeup. As Commander Saru, Doug Jones has been nominated three times for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he won it in 2019. He played Saru in “Star Trek: Discovery” and he reprised it in “Short Treks.”
Saru is a Kelpien who, once (because of a holographic program), appeared human. Jones has collaborated with movie maker Guillermo del Toro in several films, including “The Shape of Water.” He is the Amphibian Man in that film, one of his most famous prosthetic creatures.