Tanya Clarke (born February 2, 1972) is an American film, television, and stage actress, known for her role as Nicole Brennan in the Dead Space franchise.

Tanya Clarke
Born (1972-02-02) February 2, 1972 (age 52)
Years active1994–present
ParentTony Clarke[1]

Early life


Clarke was born in Chicago, Illinois, while her father, Tony Clarke, completed his doctorate degree in Social Ethics at the University of Chicago. The eldest of two children, she was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[2][3] Her mother, Carol Clarke worked as a community organizer and her father, Tony, is a political and environmental activist and writer. Her brother Chris Clarke is a high school teacher and counselor. Clarke moved to NYC at the age of twenty and spent many years performing on Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional stages. She's engaged to actor Michael Buie and has a daughter, Lola.[4]



Her film credits include A Beautiful Mind and Tenderness with Russell Crowe, Repo Men (2010), DriverX & Blackbird. She was also in I Can Only Imagine with Dennis Quaid.

Her television roles include the portrayal of Emily Lotus on Cinemax's Banshee and Queen Reyna on Marvel's Marvel's Inhumans. Other: Grey's Anatomy, first and ninth season of American Horror Story, Glee, Hawaii Five-0, CSI: Miami, Supernatural, and Major Crimes.

She made her Broadway debut in I'm Not Rappaport opposite Judd Hirsch and Ben Vereen, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Off-Broadway credits include The Director' with John Shea. Her Liquid Light sculptures have been featured in galleries, museums and private collections in the U.S. and around the world.[5][6]

Clarke also voiced the NPC Nicole Brennan of the 2011 and the 2023 re-release of the Dead Space game series.

Selected filmography



Year Title Role Notes
1997-2001 One Life to Live Nurse Betty 8 episodes
1997-2006 Guiding Light Wendy 8 episodes
2002-2005 As the World Turns Shelby Johnson / Patricia Latham 19 episodes
2009 NCIS: Los Angeles Magda McEllon Guest star
2011 The Defenders Carly Donovan Guest star
2011 American Horror Story: Murder House Marla McClaine Guest star
2011 Glee Mary Evans Guest star
2012 Hawaii Five-0 Karen Whitfield Guest star
2013 Emily Owens, M.D. Karen Ballard Guest star
2013 Supernatural Nora Guest star
2015 Banshee Emily Lotus Recurring role
2015 Grey's Anatomy Elaine Walton Guest star
2016 Major Crimes Bella Pond Guest star
2017 Inhumans Queen Rynda Recurring role
2018 Room for Murder / The Boarder Moira Lifetime MOW
2019 The Matchmaker Mysteries: A Killer Engagement Rachel Hallmark MOW
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Lorraine Richter Guest star
2020 Tribal Madeline Jones Guest star
2021 Locke & Key Carole Hawkings Guest star
2022 9-1-1: Lone Star Angie Guest star


Year Film Role Notes
2001 A Beautiful Mind Becky
2004 The Best Thief in the World Mary
2009 Tenderness Jackie Cristofuoro
2009 Rise of the Gargoyles Carol Beckham
2012 Repo Men Jill
2012 Blackbird Paula
2017 DriverX Dawn Moore
2018 I Can Only Imagine Adele

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Getaway Cop Radio / Cop / Pedestrian
2011 Dead Space 2 Nicole Brennan Voice and likeness
2023 Dead Space Nicole Brennan Voice and likeness


  1. ^ AFA Gallery (2018-01-08). "Tanya Clarke — AFA Gallery". Fanny.com. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  2. ^ Jude, Ashley (2015-01-05). "Canadian actress Tanya Clarke sculpts a life in California". The Star. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  3. ^ The Broadway League. "Tanya Clarke â€" Broadway Cast & Staff". IBDB. Retrieved 2019-11-07.
  4. ^ "Actors Michael Buie and Tanya Clarke attend the Blackbird Premiere... | WireImage | 151746874". WireImage. 2012-09-10. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  5. ^ "Home - Tanya Clarke-Liquid Light". Liquidlightsite.com. Retrieved 2020-01-17.
  6. ^ "Liquid Lights by Tanya Clarke". 24 July 2012.