Entering show business in the late '80s, Michelle Forbes earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for portraying the complicated dual role of Dr. Soni Welles y Carrera Lewis and her alternate personality Solita (1987 -1989) on the critically-acclaimed daytime soap opera “Guiding Light.”
She went on to play Ro Laren (1991-1994) in the syndicated science fiction television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation," medical examiner Julianna Cox (1996-1998) on the NBC highly acclaimed police procedural series "Homicide: Life on the Street," and Dr. Lyla Garrity on the short-lived and controversial ABC drama "Wonderland" (2000).
She also had a recurring role as Helen York on the CBS cop drama series "The District," played Lynne Kresge on the popular Fox show "24," and was cast as Helena Cain (2005-2006) in the science fiction television series "Battlestar Galactica."
Forbes recently played Samantha Brinker on the first season (2005-2006) of Fox’s drama "Prison Break." She now plays Gabriel Byrne's wife Kate on the HBO drama series "In Treatment," which premiered on January 28, 2008.
On the wide screen, Forbes could be seen in the films "Love Bites" (1993), "Kalifornia" (1993), which earned her a Best Actress Award nomination at the Saturn Awards, "Swimming with Sharks" (1994), "Escape from L.A." (1996), "Bullfighter" (2000), "Perfume" (2001), "American Girl" (2002) and "Dandelion" (2004). She will next be seen in an upcoming thriller film called "Dorothy Mills."
The 5' 10" dark-haired actress, who was married in the early '90s, reportedly dated her "Homicide: Life on the Streets" co-star, Reed Diamond.
Childhood and Family:
In Austin, Texas, Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo, nicknamed Mishka, was born on January 8, 1967. The daughter of a mother who worked in theater, Michelle began studying acting at the Performing Arts High School in Houston, Texas.
Michelle was married to Ross Kettle in the early 1990s. A longtime resident of New York City, as of 2005 Michelle was living in Los Angeles.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Originally planning to become a dancer, Michelle Forbes began interested in acting after watching her mother perform in theater. She began to study the craft at the Performing Arts High School in Houston, Texas, and moved to New York at age 16 to audition for a film role. She didn't get the part but was signed by the William Morris Agency.
At age 20, Forbes landed her first television role on the daytime soap opera “Guiding Light.” Portraying the complicated dual role of Dr. Soni Welles y Carrera Lewis and her alternate personality Solita from October 1987 to November 1989, Forbes earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series and a Soap Opera Digest Award nomination for Outstanding Villainess: Daytime.
After leaving “Guiding Light,” Forbes landed a recurring role on the syndicated science fiction television series "Star Trek: The Next Generation.” She was also asked to appear in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” a spin-off of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," which she turned down.
During this time, Forbes acted in several films, including Gillies MacKinnon's romantic drama "The Playboys" (1992; starring Albert Finney, Aidan Quinn, and Robin Wright Penn), Malcolm Marmorstein's film adaptation of the play, "Love Bites" (1993; with Adam Ant and Kimberly Foster), and Dominic Sena's thriller "Kalifornia" (1993; alongside Brad Pitt, Juliette Lewis, and David Duchovny), for which she was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Saturn Awards.
Forbes was also cast as Christopher Lambert's second wife in Deran Sarafian's action film "The Road Killers" (1994) and Frank Whaley's foul-mouthed, ambitious girlfriend in writer/director George Huang's film "Swimming with Sharks" (1994). Additionally, she was spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC/ABC’s mystery series "Father Dowling Mysteries," NBC’s drama "Shannon's Deal," and NBC’s Emmy Award-winning sitcom "Seinfeld."
After becoming James LeGros' sexually repressed wife in Tyler Bensinger's feature "Just Looking" (1995) and playing a disgruntled wife in J.S. Cardone's thriller "Black Day Blue Night" (1995), Forbes returned to regular TV as medical examiner Julianna Cox on the NBC series "Homicide: Life on the Street." Forbes stayed on the show from 1996 to 1998 and also appeared in John Carpenter's cult film "Escape from L.A." (1996; starring Kurt Russell) and Alejandro Chomski's small movie "Dry Martini" (1998). Michelle also co-starred with Stockard Channing in the thriller TV movie "The Prosecutors" (1996) and guest starred in an episode of the anthology series "The Outer Limits" and the short-lived Fox supernatural drama "Brimstone."
The new millennium saw Forbes co-star as Dr. Lyla Garrity on the short-lived and controversial ABC drama "Wonderland," and play the recurring role of Helen York on the CBS cop drama series "The District." She also co-starred with Olivier Martinez and Willem Dafoe in Rune Bendixen's film "Bullfighter" (2000) and with Estella Warren in Michael Rymer and Hunter Carson's feature about the fashion industry in New York City, "Perfume" (2001) and appeared in the TV movie version of Boris Starling's successful 1999 thriller novel, "Messiah" (2001).
From 2002 to 2003, Forbes joined the cast of Fox’s Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning action drama series starring Kiefer Sutherland, "24," playing Lynne Kresge, an advisor to President David Palmer (played by Dennis Haysbert). She also co-starred with Jena Malone and Brad Renfro in Jordan Brady's comedy-drama film "American Girl" (2002) and appeared in the made-for-television movies "Johnson County War" (2002) and "Messiah 2: Vengeance Is Mine" (2002). She was also spotted as a guest in two episodes of Lifetime’s medical drama series "Strong Medicine" and in an episode of Fox’s action series "Fastlane."
In 2004, Forbes co-starred with Vincent Kartheiser, Taryn Manning, and Mare Winningham in Mark Milgard's drama film "Dandelion" and with James Garner in Obie Scott Wade's 7 minute short animated film "Al Roach: Private Insectigator." She voiced Dr. Judith Mossman in the science fiction computer game "Half-Life 2" and reprised her "Messiah" role in the TV movie sequel "Messiah: The Promise." She also played Reena in the Irish series "Love Is the Drug."
2005-2006 saw Forbes play Samantha Brinker in the first season of Fox’s drama "Prison Break” and Helena Cain in the second season of the science fiction television series "Battlestar Galactica."
About her character on "Battlestar Galactica," Forbes commented, "I tend to play a lot of authoritative, strong women, so initially this simply wasn't something I wanted to do. God bless them, though, for being so pursuant of me. The Galactica producers sent me a set of DVDs because I had never seen the show, either. Galactica is amazingly good and well written. I shudder to think I almost lost out on working with those wonderful people and on such a powerful story."
Meanwhile, she starred as Miranda Zero in the unaired pilot based on Warren Ellis' graphic novel, "Global Frequency" (2005), and recreated the voice of Dr. Judith Mossman in the video game "Half-Life 2: Episode One." She also guest starred in such TV shows as "Alias," "The Inside," "Holby City," and "Boston Legal."
Forbes subsequently played the recurring role of Sarah (2007-2008) on the British television crime drama series "Waking the Dead" and now plays Gabriel Byrne's wife Kate on the HBO drama series, "In Treatment," which premiered on January 28, 2008. She also starred as police detective Jamie McDowell in the Lifetime TV movie "Unthinkable" (2007), voiced Dr. Judith Mossman again in the video game "Half-Life 2: Episode Two" (2007), and guest-starred in an episode of the hit ABC survivor drama, "Lost."
Next, she will play Paul Fallon's (played by Joe Hanley) wife in Agnès Merlet's upcoming mystery/thriller film, "Dorothy Mills."