Daphne Ashbrook

Last updated 09 January 2020

Daphne Ashbrook
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Daphne Lee Ashbrook

Born: Wednesday 30th January 1963 (age: 61)


Daphne Ashbrook is an American actress. raised in the San Diego, CA area. Her parents are San Diego theatre actress D'Ann Paton and late actor/Director Buddy Ashbrook. Her siblings are actor Dana Ashbrook and director Taylor Ashbrook.

Ashbrook has appeared in many television and film roles including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as the titular character in "Melora") 

In 1996 she was cast as Doctor Grace Holloway in the US produced TV Movie version of Doctor Who. Her portrayal as Grace in Doctor Who caused consternation among some of that show's fans because she was the first character to romantically kiss the Doctor.

A 2004 trip to the United Kingdom was filmed for the 2005 documentary Daphne Ashbrook in the UK. This DVD documentary followed her work with Doctor Who, including her role as Perfection in the Big Finish Productions audio play The Next Life. She performed opposite Paul McGann for first time since the 1996 telemovie. 

In 2006, she played Charlotte Howell in the audio drama Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptation for the same company. 

She is notable as being one of only a few actors to be credited in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises.

Her past TV work includes Cold Case, CSI, Crossing Jordan, JAG, Murder She Wrote, Judging Amy, the Profiler, Guardian, The O.C. and Cupid. She also starred in one episode of Street Hawk titled, "Dog Eat Dog" which aired in February 1985. Her recent roles include a part in David Ondaatje's 2009 motion picture "The Lodger" starring Alfred Molina, Shane West, Simon Baker and Hope Davis, and guest starring roles in The Ghost Whisperer, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Without a Trace with Anthony LaPaglia and Steven Weber. She guest starred as a dancer visiting from (the former) Czechoslavakia in the third season of Fame.