BIOGRAPHY - ROXANN DAWSON as Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres

Roxann Dawson stars as Chief Engineer B'Elanna Torres on Paramount Network Television's STAR TREK: VOYAGER. B'Elanna is a beautiful young woman who is half-human, half-Klingon. A former student at the Starfleet Academy, B'Elanna quit and joined the rebel Maquis. Now, as a crew member of the Starship U.S.S. Voyager, she is forced to conform to Starfleet rules and regulations. "B'Elanna is strong willed, independent and confused," Dawson explains. "Caught between two worlds, she attempts to deny and suppress her powerful Klingon side."

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Dawson was a Theater Arts major at the University of California at Berkeley. She soon landed her first role as Diana Morales in the Broadway production of "A Chorus Line." She performed in many off-Broadway productions including "The Tempest" and "The Early Girl" with the Circle Repertory Company, where she is a member, and many regional theatres across the country including the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. and the South Coast Repertory in Orange County, California.

Dawson was a regular in the NBC series "Nightingales" and "The Round Table." Additionally, she has had leading roles in several telefilms, including "Mortal Sins," "Dirty Work," "Broken Angel," "Pointman" and Mario Puzo's "The Fortunate Pilgrim."

Most recently she was seen in the PBS series "Seeing Through Walls." Her episodic television credits include "The Untouchables," "Jack's Place," "Equal Justice" and "Matlock." Her feature film credits include leading roles in "Guilty By Suspicion" and "Darkman III."

When not acting, Dawson finds time to purse her other passion -- writing. She authored a science-fiction book entitled Entering Tenebrea, the first in a trilogy which was released in 1998. In addition, Dawson's play "Passage Through the Heart" premiered at the University of Minnesota and was an Irene Ryan finalist. Dawson resides in Los Angeles with her husband, casting director Eric Dawson and their daughter, Emma Rose.

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