Santiago Cabrera is a Chilean actor who plays former Starfleet officer Cristóbal Rios in “Star Trek: Picard.” Cabrera stars as “Cris” and he is the pilot of La Sirena. Cris is loved when he comes alive in Spanish-speaking scenes, playfully bringing his Latino heritage to Trekkies. It’s part of Star Trek’s history to bring multiculturalism to TV.
Cabrera has had many roles in British television, including BBC’s “The Musketeers.” He has also starred in “Heroes” and “Salvation.” Cabrera surprised Instagram followers in September of 2019 saying he would return to “Picard” for its second season. And he most definitely did.
Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
Perhaps most noteworthy is that Anthony Rapp starred in the original “Rent” musical as Mark Cohen. He is in “Star Trek: Discovery” playing a human male in the Starfleet. Stamets is a scientific engineer of physics and mycology who created instantaneous light travel. Stamets is the partner of Culber, which is the first openly gay relationship in a Star Trek TV show.
Because he’s a mycologist, Stamets enjoys talking theoretically about mushrooms in space, arguing that spores and mycelia are universal building blocks. His character is based on a real-life mycologist named Paul Stamets. In 2019, Rapp made a cameo in "Rent: Live," a television special.
Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway
“Orange is the New Black” star Kate Mulgrew started out on soaps with “Ryan’s Hope,” portraying the award-winning character, Mary Ryan. She won a Critics’ Choice and a Saturn Award. Moving on to bigger and better things, she played Red on "Orange is the New Black" and Vice Admiral Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager.”
Janeway was one of the most decorated admirals as captain and she proved her stuff successfully navigating the USS Voyager through the Delta Quadrant. Mulgrew also brought Starfleet officer Janeway to the animated series “Prodigy,” as a voice actor. In 2022, Mulgrew appeared in the anthology series "The First Lady," which premiered on Showtime.
John Billingsley as Phlox
Doctor Phlox is a character from the Denobulan race who comes from the 2100s. He’s the first of that race to appear in the Star Trek metaverse. John Billingsley plays Dr. Phlox in “Star Trek: Enterprise.” Phlox is the chief medical officer under Captain Archer’s command. He makes his debut in the first episode of the series in 2001.
Billingsley had the fortune to star in an episode of “The X-Files.” He was also in “The Others” as Miles Ballard. In “True Blood,” Billingsley played Coroner Spencer. He was in “CSI: NY,” “Cold Case,” “Out of Time” with Denzel Washington, and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
This actress is well known for “Star Trek: Discovery,” as well as for her role in “The Walking Dead.” Martin-Green debuted on television in 2008 with “Law & Order.” It was in 2016 that she landed Michael Burnham on “Discovery.” Burnham finds herself banished for life after committing mutiny.
After serving only six months, she is determined to be an advantage in the war against the Klingons and is brought back on board the USS Discovery. The character was based on Nichelle Nichols’ character Uhura. Martin-Green starred as Tamara in “Once Upon a Time” and as Michelle Terry in “NYC 22.”