Star Trek Discovery Character & Crew Bios
Note: italicized items are rumors or speculation
(Updated April 28, 2017) CBS has made four new casting announcements and recast Shazad Latif to a different character.
(Updated April 3, 2017) In a crazy-surprising twist, Sonequa Martin-Green is officially announced as First Officer Michael Burnham.
Updated March 31st, 2017) A surprising move. Star Trek Discovery has cast Rainn Wilson as return-character Harry Mudd. Find out more below.
(Updated: March 7, 2017) More casting announcements out of CBS today. We now know who will be in charge of the USS Discovery. Captain Lorca (Jason Isaacs) and Cadet Tilly (Mary Wiseman) join the cast of Star Trek Discovery.
Updated: February 13, 2017) CBS has announced that Sam Vartholomeos, Maulik Pancholy, and Terry Serpico have joined the Star Trek Discovery cast.
(Updated: January 18, 2017) CBS has announced that James Frain will be playing Sarek, Spock’s father, on Star Trek Discovery.
Updated: December 14, 2016 21:15 EST) It has been reported by deadline that the leading character’s name will be Lieutenant Commander Rainsford. Update (December 12, 2016): New characters announced! CBS put out a press release today detailing three new characters to be featured in Star Trek Discovery. All three are slated to be Klingons, played by actors Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo. It is unlikely that any are crew of the USS Discovery. See their character details further below on this page.
(Nov 29 2016): An additional two characters have been added. See below. Update (Nov 27 2016): One crew member has been announced and that’s an alien by the name of Saru. Not knowing more of the crew doesn’t mean that we can’t speculate and make educated guesses about some of the Star Trek Discovery crew. For example, Bryan Fuller has stated on numerous occasions that he’d like to see a color and gender blind crew in the show, and it’s likely we’ll be seeing a woman (confirmed), possibly an ethnic minority, captaining the helm of the USS Discovery come January 2017. That’s great news to this Trekkie.
Number One, Our Protagonist – First Officer Michael Burnham
Bio: Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham Organization: Starfleet Designation: First Officer Assignment: First Officer of the USS Discovery Species: Human Other: Unconfirmed, but character have have undergone a gender reassignment
Bio: Georgiou is a captain serving Starfleet. Details around her specifics are unknown. Organization: Starfleet Designation: Captain Assignment: USS Shenzhou, NCC designation is unknown Species: Unknown, likely human Other:
Bio: Saru is a Lieutenant and Science Officer. A member of Starfleet, it's unknown which crew Saru is a member of. (USS Discovery or USS Shenzhou) Organization: Starfleet Designation: Lieutenant, Science Officer Assignment: Unknown Species: Unknown (non-human) Other: Name pronounced like "suh-roo" "It’s a character named Saru who has… a wide… it’s a character named Saru." - Bryan Fuller
Bio: Stamets, a Lieutenant assigned to the USS Discovery. An Astromycologist by training, Lt. Stamets specializes in fungus. Organization: Starfleet Designation: Lieutenant, Science Officer, Astromycologist Assignment: USS Discovery, NCC-1031 Species: Human Other: Character is openly gay
Bio: Anderson, a Starfleet Admiral Organization: Starfleet Designation: Admiral Assignment: Unknown, but likely liaising with USS Shenzhou and USS Discovery Species: Human (assumed, by name) Other: A high-ranking Starfleet official
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue
Bio: Dr. Nambue, Chief Medical Officer Organization: Starfleet Designation: Chief Medical Officer Assignment: Chief Medical Officer of the USS Shenzhou Species: Human (assumed, by name) Other: None
Bio: Ensign Connor is enrolled at Starfleet Academy Organization: Starfleet Designation: Ensign Assignment: Junior Officer on the USS Shenzhou Species: Human (assumed by name) Other: While Connor is enrolled at Starfleet Academy, he has been placed on the USS Shenzhou crew as a junior officer.
Bio: Lorca is a captain serving Starfleet. Specifics are unknown. Organization: Starfleet Designation: Captain Assignment: Captain of the USS Discovery Species: Unknown Other: Species is unknown but name suggests non-human.
Bio: Cadet in Starfleet Academy Organization: Starfleet Academy Designation: Cadet Assignment: Cadet aboard the USS Discovery Species: Unknown Other: Cadet Tilly is in her final year at Starfleet Academy.
Bio: Lieutenant in Starfleet Organization: Starfleet Designation: Lieutenant Assignment: Specifics unknown Species: Unknown (likely human) Other: Originally cast to play Kol, Klingon
Bio: Security Officer Organization: Starfleet Designation: Commander Assignment: Security officer aboard USS Discovery Species: Unknown (likely human) Other: May be security chief
(Not Yet Announced) Starfleet Admiral
Bio: An Admiral in Starfleet Organization: Starfleet Designation: Admiral Assignment: Unknown Species: Unknown Other: No known details yet
(Not Yet Announced) Helmswoman
Bio: A Helmswoman in Starfleet Organization: Starfleet Designation: Helmswoman Assignment: Unknown (believed to be USS Discovery) Species: Unknown Other: No known details yet
Bio: Astrophysicist, Vulcan Ambassador to United Federation of Planets Organization: Vulcan High Command Designation: Scientist, Ambassador Assignment: Unknown Species: Vulcan Other: Father of Spock
T’Kuvma, Leader of the Klingon Empire
Bio: T'Kuvma is leader of the Klingon Empire Organization: Klingon Empire Designation: Unknown designation, possibly Chancellor Assignment: Unknown Species: Klingon Other: Desires to unite all of the Klingon Houses
Bio: Commanding Officer of the Klingons Organization: Klingon Empire Designation: Commander Assignment: Protégé of T'Kuvma Species: Klingon Other: None
Bio: L’Rell is the Battle Deck Commander of a Klingon ship Organization: Klingon Empire Designation: Battle Deck Commander Assignment: Unknown Species: Klingon Other: None
Bio: Dennas is a Klingon leader Organization: Klingon Empire Designation: Leader (unknown type) Assignment: Unknown Species: Klingon Other: None
Bio: Ujilli is a Klingon leader Organization: Klingon Empire Designation: Leader (unknown type) Assignment: Unknown Species: Klingon Other: None
Bio: Harry Mudd, scoundrel, con artist Organization: None Designation: Criminal Assignment: Never known until too late Species: Human Other: Harry Mudd first appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series. He is a well established character.
Update (December 14 2016): It’s being reported (but currently unconfirmed) that the leading character of Star Trek Discovery will be known as Lieutenant Commander Rainsford.
Update: Bryan Fuller has confirmed that the leading role will be a human woman (no mention of ethnicity), however she will be a Lieutenant Commander, with caveats, not the Captain.
Update (August 29, 2016) Bryan Fuller stated “when we introduce our protagonist, she is called ‘Number One’ in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original pilot, ‘The Cage’. And as we were first talking about the series, talking to CBS, we said initially we will only call this character Number One.”
We can also be pretty certain that there will be at least a few non-human Discovery crew members, in typical Star Trek fashion (confirmed, Saru is an alien). It’s difficult to guess what species may be represented on the bridge or engineering of the starship Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery is definitely gearing up to be one of, if not the most diverse and representative of any Star Trek show or feature film to date. The new series is undoubtedly in good hands with Bryan Fuller, the producers, and writers now heading up the show.
Latest on the Star Trek Discovery Crew
Be sure to check back soon as filming begins in January 2017, just a few kilometers from where I live. I’ll try and bring the latest details of the crew of the USS Discovery as soon as possible.