Characters and Crew Bios of Star Trek Discovery

Star Trek Discovery Crew

Star Trek Discovery Character & Crew Bios

Note: italicized items are rumors or speculation

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(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.

 

Captain Georgiou

Michelle Yeoh, Captain Han Bo/Georgiou, Star Trek Discovery
Michelle Yeoh, Captain Georgiou, Star Trek Discovery
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:

Lieutenant Saru

Doug Jones, Lt. Saru, Star Trek Discovery
Doug Jones, Lt. Saru, Star Trek Discovery
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
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Lieutenant Stamets

Anthony Rapp, Lt. Stamets Star Trek Discovery
Anthony Rapp, Lt. Stamets Star Trek Discovery
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

Admiral Anderson

Star Trek Discovery - Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson
Star Trek Discovery – Terry Serpico as Admiral Anderson
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

Star Trek Discovery - Maulik Pancholy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue, USS Shenzhou
Star Trek Discovery – Maulik Pancholy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Nambue, USS Shenzhou
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

Ensign Connor

Star Trek Discovery - Sam Vartholomeos, Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy, USS Shenzhou
Star Trek Discovery – Sam Vartholomeos, Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy, USS Shenzhou
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.

Captain Lorca

Star Trek Discovery - Jason Isaacs, Captain Lorca, Captain of the USS Discovery
Star Trek Discovery – Jason Isaacs, Captain Lorca, Captain of the USS Discovery
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.

Cadet Tilly

Star Trek Discovery casts Mary Wiseman as Cadet Tilly of Starfleet Academy
Star Trek Discovery – Mary Wiseman, Cadet Tilly, Starfleet Academy
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.
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Sarek

James Frain, Sarek (Spock's father), Star Trek Discovery
James Frain, Sarek (Spock’s father), Star Trek Discovery
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

Chris Obi - Star Trek Discovery
Chris Obi, T’Kuvma, Leader of the Klingon Empire, Star Trek Discovery
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

Commander Kol

Shazad Latif - Star Trek Discovery
Shazad Latif, Kol, Commanding Klingon Officer, Star Trek Discovery
Bio: Commanding Officer of the Klingons
Organization: Klingon Empire
Designation: Commander
Assignment: Protégé of T'Kuvma
Species: Klingon
Other: None

Commander L’Rell

Mary Chieffo - Star Trek Discovery
Mary Chieffo, L’Rell, Klingon Battle Deck Commander, Star Trek Discovery
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

Number One, Our Protagonist – Lieutenant Commander Rainsford

Star Trek: Discovery - Sonequa Martin-Green
Star Trek: Discovery, Number One, aka Lieutenant Commander Rainsford, played by Sonequa Martin-Green

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.