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Roxann Dawson (née Caballero), also credited as Roxann Biggs and Roxann Biggs-Dawson, is an American actress, producer, director, and writer best known for playing B'Elanna Torres on the television series Star Trek: Voyager.

Roxann Dawson
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Dawson at the 2009 Las Vegas Star Trek Con
Roxann Caballero

(1958-09-11) September 11, 1958 (age 61)
Other namesRoxann Biggs
Roxann Biggs-Dawson
Alma materUC Berkeley (1980)
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Casey Biggs (divorced)
Eric Dawson
(m. 1994)

Early lifeEdit

Roxann Dawson was born in Los Angeles, California.[1] She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 1980.[2]


Acting, directing and producingEdit

Dawson's first professional acting job was in a Broadway production of A Chorus Line.[3]

In 1989 Dawson worked on the NBC drama Nightingales. During the course of her work on that show, she met casting director Eric Dawson, who would later become her second husband. After the show was canceled, Eric's company cast her in guest roles on Matlock and Jake and the Fat Man.[4]

Dawson with fellow Star Trek: Voyager actresses Kate Mulgrew and Jennifer Lien (1995)

In 1994, Dawson began her role as the half Human/half-Klingon engineer B'Elanna Torres on Star Trek: Voyager, which lasted for all seven seasons of the show. While working on Voyager, Dawson made her directorial debut on the episode "Riddles", which aired in September 1999. She later directed the second part of the two-part episode "Workforce" and directed 10 episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. In 2002, she provided the voice of the Repair Station Computer in one of the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes she directed.[5]

Her other television credits include appearances on The Hat Squad, Baywatch, The Closer, Matlock, The Untouchables, Any Day Now, Without a Trace, The Lyon's Den, The Division, the U.S. version of Coupling and the science fiction television series Seven Days.

She has directed episodes of Charmed, The O.C., Close to Home, Lost, Heroes, Hawthorne, The Closer, Cold Case, Caprica, The Mentalist and Treme. In 2010, she directed the season two episode "Teacher and Pupils" of Lie to Me and the season two episode "On Tap" of The Good Wife. In 2013, she directed the March 22 episode "Reunions" of Touch, and the October 15 episode "Eye-Spy" of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

In 2014 she directed the March 5 episode "Dreamcatcher" of Revolution and the October 22 episode "Phobia" of Stalker. For the 2015 season of the Amazon Video series Bosch, she directed "Chapter Six: Donkey's Years").[6] She directed early episodes of Mercy Street, a series released on PBS in January 2016. In 2016, she also directed the season one episodes "Broussard" and "Zero Day" of the TV series Colony. She's also directed the episode "Crossbreed" of season five of The Americans. She also directed episode 8 ("Chapter 60") of the fifth season of House of Cards.

Dawson has served as a producer on Scandal, Crossing Jordan and Cold Case.[7]


Dawson's first play Desire to Fall was produced by the Circle Repertory Company workshop in 1986.[citation needed] Dawson's second play, Passage Through the Heart debuted in 1997 at the University of Minnesota Duluth.[8] From 2000 to 2001, Dawson co-wrote with Daniel Graham a trilogy of science fiction novels, Entering Tenebrea (ISBN 0-671-03607-6), Tenebrea's Hope (ISBN 0-671-03609-2) and Tenebrea Rising (ISBN 0-671-03611-4).

Personal lifeEdit

Dawson was married to actor Casey Biggs, but they eventually divorced. He later became a recurring cast member on Deep Space Nine, playing the Cardassian Damar.[9]

In May 1994 Dawson married casting director Eric Dawson, whom she met while working on the series Nightingales. They have two daughters, Emma and Mia; Mia was adopted from China.[4] According to an interview conducted by the website ChurchPOP, Dawson converted to Catholicism at the time of her marriage despite having been raised in "an atheist household", and was inspired by her faith to direct the film Breakthrough.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mortal Sins María Croce Credited as Roxann Biggs
1993 Blood In, Blood Out uncredited Original title: Bound by Honor
1994 Pointman Rosie Alvarez Credited as Roxann Biggs
1994 Greyhounds JoJo Golina Credited as Roxann Biggs
1996 Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Angela Rooker Credited as Roxann Biggs-Dawson
1998 The Lost World Elizabeth Summerlee
2004 Jesus The Driver uncredited

Television seriesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Another World Adrienne Morrow (as Roxann Biggs) Episode 5252; credited as Roxann Biggs
1987 Ohara Carmella Episode: "Jesse"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1988 The Fortunate Pilgrim Louisa 3 episodes; credited as Roxann Biggs
1989 Nightingales Yolanda 'Yolo' Elena Puente (as ) 13 episodes; credited as Roxan Biggs
1990 Baywatch Ines Episode: "We Need a Vacation"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1990 Matlock Vicki Mariani Episodes: "The Informer: Parts 1 & 2"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1991 Equal Justice Maria Episode: "Who Speaks for the Children?"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1991 Jake and the Fatman Alyssa Episode: "I Cover the Waterfront"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1992 Jake and the Fatman Debbie Morton Episodes: "Stormy Weather: Parts 1 & 2"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1992 The Round Table Jennifer Clemente 7 episodes; credited as Roxann Biggs
1993 The Hat Squad Rosie Episode: "The Liquidator?"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1994 The Untouchables Gina Perino Episode: "The Fever"; credited as Roxann Biggs
1995-2001 Star Trek: Voyager B’Elanna Torres Main role; 170 episodes
1999 Any Day Now Tina Episode: "Don't Say Anything"
2000 Seven Days Commander Helen Keagle Episode: "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea"
2003 Coupling Therapist Episode: Pilot
2003 The Division Unknown Season 3, Episode: "Body Double"
2003 The Lyon's Den Asst. District Attorney Linda Solis 3 episodes
2004 Without A Trace Mrs. Erica Palmer Episode: "Bait"
2011 The Closer Detective Ortega Episode: "A Family Affair"


Year Title Role Director Notes
unknown Accelerando unknown unknown
1982 A Chorus Line Diana Morales (as Roxann Caballero) Michael Bennett Shubert Theatre, New York City.
1984 Daughters Cetta (as Roxann Caballero) unknown Philadelphia Drama Guild, Philadelphia
1985 Tropicana Ana Sanchez (as Roxann Caballero) unknown Musical Theater Works, New York City
The Tempest Miranda (as Roxann Caballero) Julie Taymor [11] City Stage Company, New York City.
1986 The Early Girl George (as Roxann Caballero) Munson Hicks Circle Repertory Company, New York City
1987 The Hostage Teresa (as Roxann Caballero) unknown Coconut Grove Playhouse, Coconut Grove, Florida
The Rose Tattoo Rosa Delle Rose (as Roxann Biggs). unknown Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, New York
1988 V & V Only Janey (as Roxann Biggs) Marshall Mason Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City


Year Title Notes
1986 Desire to Fall Stage play
1997 A Passage Through The Heart Stage play
2000 Entering Tenebrea Vol. 1 of Tenebrea Trilogy (with Daniel Graham)
2001 Tenebrea's Hope Vol. 2 of Tenebrea Trilogy (with Daniel Graham)
2001 Tenebrea Rising Vol. 3 of Tenebrea Trilogy (with Daniel Graham)

Other creditsEdit

Year Title Notes
1995 Inside the New Adventure: Star Trek - Voyager Documentary. As herself
1996 It's Hot in Here: UPN Fall Preview Documentary. As herself
1996 Star Trek: The Klingon Way, A Warrior's Guide Audio book (audio drama)
1997 Alien Voices: The Time Machine Audio book (audio drama)
Trekkies Documentary. As herself
Foto Novelas: Seeing Through Walls TV short. Played Dr. Teresa Puente.
1999 Alien Voices: The Lost World Audio book (audio drama)
2000 Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force Video game
2001 2001 Alma Awards Awards show (presenter)
2001 Weakest Link Season 2 Episode 13: Star Trek Edition, As herself
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Season 2 Episode 4: Dead Stop. Repair Station Computer voice, uncredited
2011 Alien Voices: Journey To The Center Of The Earth Audio book (audio drama)
2013 The Captains Close Up Four part documentary mini-series (Episode 4: Kate Mulgrew), As herself
2016 Star Trek Timelines Video game, Uncredited
2016 50 Years of Star Trek Documentary, As herself

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1996 NCLR Bravo Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Star Trek Voyager Nominated
1998 Online Film & Television Association Award Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Star Trek Voyager Nominated
ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Star Trek Voyager Nominated
ALMA Award Outstanding Latino Cast in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series Foto Novelas: Seeing Through Walls Won
ALMA Award Outstanding Latino Cast in a Made-for-Television Movie or Mini-Series Foto Novelas: In the Mirror Won
1999 ALMA Award Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Star Trek Voyager Nominated
2000 ALMA Award Distinguished Performance Star Trek Voyager Nominated
2001 ALMA Award Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series Award Star Trek Voyager Won
2008 ALMA Award Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Heroes Nominated
Hugo Award Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form Heroes Nominated
NAACP Image Award Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Heroes (S1/E15: "Run!"). Nominated


  1. ^ McDonagh, Maitland (January 2, 2003). "Question: Are Rosario Dawson ..." TV Guide. Archived September 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Famous Berkeley Alumni". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on May 27, 2010. Retrieved May 10, 2013. Roxann Dawson, '80, actress
  3. ^ "Biography". The Official Roxann Dawson Website. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Korbelik, Jeff (September 10, 2005). "Former Lincoln man gets Emmy nomination for casting ‘Nip/Tuck'". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Dead Stop". Star Trek: Enterprise. Season 2. October 9, 2002. UPN.
  6. ^ "Chapter Six: Donkey's Years". Bosch. Season 1. February 12, 2015. Amazon Studios.
  7. ^ "Roxann Dawson: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved June 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Smith, Maureen (January 8, 1997; Editor) Brief[permanent dead link]. University of Minnesota. Vol. XXVII No. 1, Retrieved June 4, 2013. (PDF file)
  9. ^ "Star Trek Catching Up With Casey Biggs, Part 2". April 7, 2012. Archived from the original on July 15, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  10. ^ Burkepile, Jacqueline. "Atheist-to-Catholic Hollywood Director Reveals How "Breakthrough" Strengthened Her Faith: "It Gives You Chills"". ChurchPOP. ChurchPOP. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  11. ^ Dawson, Roxann. "About". Roxann Dawson. Retrieved February 7, 2019.

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