Roxann Dawson is best known to television audiences as Chief Engineer B’Elanna Torres on Paramount television’s Star Trek: Voyager for UPN.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, she soon landed her first role as Diana Morales in the long running Broadway Production of A Chorus Line. While in New York, she performed in many off-Broadway productions including Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, and as a member of the Circle Repertory Company she created roles in the original productions of The Early Girl and V&V Only among others. She has also performed with many regional theatres across the country from Arena Stage in Washington DC to South Coast Repertory in California.
Dawson was a regular in the NBC series Nightingales and The Round Table. Additionally, she had leading roles in several telefilms including Mortal Sins, Dirty Work, Broken Angel, Pointman, Greyhounds and the NBC miniseries Mario Puzo’s The Fortunate Pilgrim. Most recently she was seen in the PBS film Seeing Through Walls. Her most notable episodic television credits include The Untouchables, Jack’s Place, Equal Justice and most recently Any Day Now and Seven Days. Her feature film credits include leading roles in Guilty By Suspicion and Darkman III.
When not acting Dawson finds the time to pursue her other passions. She recently had her directorial debut on Star Trek: Voyager with the episode Riddles and looks forward to directing again during the seventh and final season of the show. She also coauthored the book Entering Tenebrea, the first in a trilogy of books which will be published by Simon and Schuster. In addition, Dawson’s play, Passage Through the Heart, premiered in 1997 at the University of Minnesota and was an Irene Ryan finalist.
Dawson resides in Los Angeles with her husband, casting director Eric Dawson, and their two daughters.