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Jennifer Lien
Jennifer Lien Born on 24 Aug 1974
Last modified 24 Aug 2004
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Biography
For the first three seasons of Star Trek: Voyager, Jennifer Lien starred as Kes, a beautiful, young Ocampa who came aboard the starship with her lover, Neelix, and helped him run the Mess Hall. With her inquisitive mind and intelligence, Kes soon became an apprentice and friend to the fussy, pragmatic Holographic Doctor. During the fourth season's second episode ("The Gift"), Kes transcended physical form as her advanced mental abilities mushroomed and in the process sent her crewmates 9,500 lightyears closer to home.

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 an English teacher along with a drama teacher, she began performing in summer theater 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 Oprah Winfrey series "Brewster Place (1990)".

At 16, Jennifer was hired by "Another World (1964)" and moved to New York to portray the newly-created character of Hannah, a misfit orphan, on the NBC daytime drama. She remained with the show for a year and a half, then gave her face a rest and put her voice to work. She can be heard on "Saturday Night Live (1975)" regular Adam Sandler's comedy album, has guest-voiced on "The Critic (1994)", and even dubbed lines in the English version of the French Miramax film "Baby Blood (1990)".

Back before the camera, she landed the role of Roanne in the ABC series "Phenom (1993)", and appeared in the short independent film trailer "The Hairy Bird". Jennifer has also appeared in the acclaimed film "American History X (1998)" as well as "SLC Punk! (1999)" with Matthew Lillard. Her voice work includes "The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)" and "Men in Black: The Series (1997)".

In 2000, Lien made a return guest appearance on Star Trek: Voyager as a vengeful Kes in the episode Fury.
Gallery
Sci-Fi TV filmography:
Role Series Episode
Kes ST:VOY 1.1: Caretaker I
Kes ST:VOY 1.2: Caretaker II
Kes ST:VOY 1.3: Parallax
Kes ST:VOY 1.4: Time and Again
Kes ST:VOY 1.5: Phage
Kes ST:VOY 1.6: The Cloud
Kes ST:VOY 1.7: Eye of the Needle
Kes ST:VOY 1.8: Ex Post Facto
Kes ST:VOY 1.9: Emanations
Kes ST:VOY 1.10: Prime Factors
Kes ST:VOY 1.11: State of Flux
Kes ST:VOY 1.12: Heroes and Demons
Kes ST:VOY 1.13: Cathexis
Kes ST:VOY 1.14: Faces
Kes ST:VOY 1.15: Jetrel
Kes ST:VOY 1.16: Learning Curve
Kes ST:VOY 1.17: Projections
Kes ST:VOY 1.18: Elogium
Kes ST:VOY 1.19: Twisted
Kes ST:VOY 1.20: The 37's
Kes ST:VOY 2.1: Initiations
Kes ST:VOY 2.2: Non Sequitur
Kes ST:VOY 2.3: Parturition
Kes ST:VOY 2.4: Persistence of Vision
Kes ST:VOY 2.5: Tattoo
Kes ST:VOY 2.6: Cold Fire
Kes ST:VOY 2.7: Maneuvers
Kes ST:VOY 2.8: Resistance
Kes ST:VOY 2.9: Prototype
Kes ST:VOY 2.10: Alliances
Kes ST:VOY 2.11: Threshold
Kes ST:VOY 2.12: Meld
Kes ST:VOY 2.13: Dreadnought
Kes ST:VOY 2.14: Death Wish
Kes ST:VOY 2.15: Lifesigns
Kes ST:VOY 2.16: Investigations
Kes ST:VOY 2.17: Deadlock
Kes ST:VOY 2.18: Innocence
Kes ST:VOY 2.19: The Thaw
Kes ST:VOY 2.20: Tuvix
Kes ST:VOY 2.21: Resolutions
Kes ST:VOY 2.22: Basics I
Kes ST:VOY 3.1: Basics II
Kes ST:VOY 3.2: Flashback
Kes ST:VOY 3.3: The Chute
Kes ST:VOY 3.4: The Swarm
Kes ST:VOY 3.5: False Profits
Kes ST:VOY 3.6: Remember
Kes ST:VOY 3.7: Sacred Ground
Kes ST:VOY 3.8: Future's End I
Kes ST:VOY 3.9: Future's End II
Kes ST:VOY 3.10: Warlord
Kes ST:VOY 3.11: The Q and the Grey
Kes ST:VOY 3.12: Macrocosm
Kes ST:VOY 3.13: Fair Trade
Kes ST:VOY 3.14: Alter Ego
Kes ST:VOY 3.15: Coda
Kes ST:VOY 3.16: Blood Fever
Kes ST:VOY 3.17: Unity
Kes ST:VOY 3.18: Darkling
Kes ST:VOY 3.19: Rise
Kes ST:VOY 3.20: Favorite Son
Kes ST:VOY 3.21: Before and After
Kes ST:VOY 3.22: Real Life
Kes ST:VOY 3.23: Distant Origin
Kes ST:VOY 3.24: Displaced
Kes ST:VOY 3.25: Worst Case Scenario
Kes ST:VOY 3.26: Scorpion I
Kes ST:VOY 4.1: Scorpion II
Kes ST:VOY 4.2: The Gift
Kes ST:VOY 6.23: Fury