Sylvia Tilly was an ensign who became a Starfleet lieutenant on “Discovery.” Mary Wiseman plays the character on the series that is streamed on Paramount+. Sylvia Tilly is a human female Earthling from the 23rd century. Wiseman appreciates the inclusive nature of “Star Trek,” dating back to The Original Series, as promoted by Gene Roddenberry.
The actor proudly announced to the fandom that she is queer in 2021. She has appeared on other Star Trek titles such as “Short Treks.” Wiseman has also had roles of varying sizes on Netflix productions such as the movie “Marriage Story” and the series “The Residence.”
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.”
Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler
Shazad Latif is a British actor who starred in “Spooks,” a BBC television series. On “Star Trek: Discovery,” Latif played Ash Tyler, getting cast in 2017. Ash Tyler is a Klingon who agreed to go through a string of traumatic surgeries called choH’a to appear human.
He would suffer nightmares because of the very painful procedure. He was the chief of security on the USS Discovery. Formerly called Voq who was his Klingon identity, Ash Tyler would morph back into Voq. In the end, he served both the Klingon Empire and the Federation. Latif is part of the cast of the Disney+ series "Nautilus."
Christina Chong as La’an Noonien-Singh
In “Strange New Worlds,” Christina Chong plays Lt. La’an Noonien-Singh. The character was born in 2228 on Alpha and was forced to live under the Augment tyrant who ruled during the Eugenics Wars. La’an is a descendant of Khan Nooien-Singh, which is quite a cool little detail, when you think about it.
As a child, her ship was attacked by the Gorn. She survived but was traumatized by the violence of witnessing her people being tortured. Chong also appeared in “Halo: Nightfall and “Line of Duty.” In 2011, she had a role in a “Doctor Who” episode. And in 2021, she had a role in the movie "Tom and Jerry."
Rachael Ancheril as D. Nhan
Canadian actress Rachael Ancheril was born in Toronto and started acting in 2006 with the film “Circuit 3: The Street Monk.” Ancheril was cast for “Star Trek: Discovery” in its second season as a guest star. She became a full cast member in season 3.
She plays Commander Nhan, a USS Enterprise engineer who comes from the Barzan planet in the 2200s. She is known as the first red shirt to actually wear a red shirt. Ancheril was well suited for the role. Her mom was one of “The Original Series” super fans who wrote to NBC to save the show from cancelation.