BIOGRAPHY - JENNIFER LIEN as Kes
Jennifer Lien stars as Kes on Paramount Network Television's STAR TREK: VOYAGER. She is a beautiful, young Ocampa who serves as an apprentice to the Doctor in sickbay while traveling with the Voyager crew and her Talaxian lover Neelix. Commenting on why she was attracted to the role, Jennifer said: "Kes is wise and courageous while possessing an innocence. Being aboard the starship has proven to be a great adventure and the opportunity for development is enormous."
Born and raised in Illinois, Jennifer knew early on that she wanted to act. Encouraged by her English and Drama teachers, she began performing in summer theatre and festivals at the age of 13. She cut her teeth on roles in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "Othello" before moving on to more contemporary dramatic and musical theater. Additionally, she guest starred on an episode of the series "Brewster Place," starring Oprah Winfrey.
At 16, Jennifer was hired by the popular NBC daytime series "Another World" and moved to New York to portray the newly-created character of Hannah, a misfit orphan. She remained with the show for one and a half years, then gave her face a rest and put her voice to work. She can be heard on "Saturday Night Live" regular Adam Sandler's comedy album, as well as the animated Disney movie, "Lion King II". In addition, she has guest-voiced on "The Critic," and dubbed lines in the English version of the French Miramax film "Baby Blood."
Back in front of the camera, she landed the role of Roanne in the ABC sitcom "Phenom," and appeared in the short independent film trailer "The Hairy Bird." Most recently, she starred in New Line Cinema's critically acclaimed "American History X" co-starring Edward Norton and Edward Furlong, as well as the independent feature "S.L.C. Punk!" Jennifer resides in Los Angeles, CA.