Jeri Ryan
Birth Date:
February 22, 1968
Birth Place:
Munich, Germany
5' 8
Famous for:
Her role as Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager
Lone Oak High School in Paducah, Kentucky (graduated in 1986 with a GPA of 3.69)
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German-born American actress Jeri Ryan is best recognized for playing the emancipated Borg, Seven of Nine, on the season 4 to 7 of UPN's “Star Trek: Voyager,” from which she took home a Golden Satellite Award and a Saturn Award. Her television credits also include regular roles on NBC's “Dark Skies” (1997, as Juliet Stewart), Fox's “Boston Public” (2001-2004, as Ronnie Cooke), CBS'“Shark” (2006-2008, as Jessica Devlin) and ABC's “Body of Proof” (2011-?, as Kate Murphy) as well as recurring roles on “The O.C.” (2005), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2009-2010) and TNT's “Leverage” (2009-2011). She has also appeared in several movies, including “Dracula 2000”  (2000), “The Last Man” (2000) and “Down with Love” (2003). Prior to becoming an actress, Ryan was the Miss Illinois 1989 and came fourth in the 1990 Miss America Pageant, where she won the swimsuit competition. She stated, “There are three things pageant women do. There's the Vaseline thing, which I didn't do. There's duct-taping your boobs, which I never did because I'm not into pain. The third thing is using athletic spray adhesive on your butt to keep your swimsuit in place. I did do that. So one out of three ain't bad.”

One of Stuff magazine's “102 Sexiest Women In The World of 2002, Ryan has been married twice. Her first marriage to politician Jack Ryan lasted from 1991 to 1998. The actress' former husband was forced to withdraw from the 2004 United States Senate race because of an alleged sex scandal involving his relationship with her. Ryan next married French chef  Christophe Eme in 2007. She has two children, Alex Ryan (born 1994) and Gisele Lynn Eme (born 2008). Ryan was once romantically linked to Brannon Braga, an executive producer of “Star Trek: Voyager.”  

Jeri Lynn Zimmerman

Childhood and Family:
The daughter of Gerhard Florian Zimmerman, a Master Sergeant in the US Army, and Sharon Zimmerman, a social worker, Jeri Lynn Zimmerman, who would later be popular as Jeri Ryan, was born on February 22, 1968, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. She has an older brother named Mark. As an Army brat, Jeri was raised on posts in Maryland, Hawaii, Kansas, Georgia, and Texas. After her father retired when she was eleven, the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky, in which young Jeri was involved in theater productions. She graduated from Lone Oak High School in Paducah in 1986 and was named a National Merit Scholar and “Most Talented” by her high school class by her high school peers. She went on to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she became a member of Alpha Phi Sorority. While in college, the brainy beauty entered the beauty pageant circuit in order to pay tuition, but ended up gaining various titles under her belt. She graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater in 1990.

In 1990, Jeri met investment banker and future Republican political candidate Jack Ryan, while she was dealing blackjack at a charity event. The couple married on June 15, 1991, and welcomed a son, Alex Ryan, on August 15, 1994. The family lived between Los Angeles and Chicago for their careers until they divorced on August 27, 1999.  

Jeri, whose hobby is gourmet cooking and moonlighted on weekends in the kitchen of the Los Angeles restaurant The House, met French chef Christophe Eme at a chef's charity event in 2003. They eventually became a couple, and Eme moved in with Jeri and her son Alex in their home in San Fernando Valley. They were engaged in March 2006 and married on June 16, 2007 in Eme's hometown outside Angers in the French countryside. Their daughter, Gisele Lynn Eme, was born on March 2, 2008.

Jeri co-owns the restaurant Ortolan in Los Angeles, California, along with her husband. Opened since 2005, the serves French food with a modern interpretation.       

Body of Proof


Modeled briefly while attending college, Jeri Ryan won the title of Miss Illinois 1989 and competed in the 1990 Miss America Pageant, where she became the winner of the swimsuit competition and placed third runner up. After college, with a BS in Theater on her pocket, she headed to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time.

Initially billed as Jeri Lynn Ryan, Ryan, who originally had a small role in the 1987 film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” before it ended in the cutting room floor, eventually made her professional acting debut in an episode of the ABC hit sitcom “Who's the Boos?” in 1991, which she soon followed with a string of guest spots on “The Flash,” “Top of the Heap,” “Nurses” and “ Reasonable Doubts” (all 1991). Still in that same year, she made her television movie debut in CBS' “Nightmare in Columbia County,” where she co-starred as Dawn Elizabeth Smith, a young woman  coping with the kidnapping and murder of her sister. She next appeared as Felicia Kane in the TV film “Flash III: Deadly Nightshade” (1992), formed by the episodes “Ghost in the Machine” and “The Deadly Nightshade” of the television series “The Flash,” and starred in a series pilot, “Just Desert,”  with Daryl Anderson and Michael Cavanaugh (both 1992).

1993 saw Ryan play Rebecca in the NBC television film “Ambush in Waco: In the Line of Duty,” starring Tim Daly, William O'Leary and Neal McDonough, and appear in episodes of “The Jackie Thomas Show” (as Pauline Yardley) and “Matlock”  (as Carrie Locke). She went on to make guest appearances in television shows such as “Time Trax” ( 1994, as Lauren Sanders), “Murder, She Wrote” (1995, as Maura), “Charlie Grace” (1995, as Claire), “The Client” (1996, as Jennifer) and “Diagnosis Murder” (1996, as Melissa Farnes). She had malicious roles as Valerie Madison, a lesbian actress who endured a staged marriage to a gay bridegroom, on two episodes of Fox's Melrose Place” (1996) and Kimberly in the CBS TV film “Co-ed Call Girl” (1996),  starring Tory Spelling, as well as starred as Beth Saunders in “Pier 66” (1996), opposite Michael Weatherly and Meredith Salenger.

In 1997, Ryan made her debut as a regular when she joined the cast of the UFO conspiracy theory based science fiction television series “Dark Skies” (NBC), starring Eric Close and Megan Ward. There she played the role of extraterrestrial investigator Juliet Stuart. However, the working actress did not experience a huge breakthrough until she landed the role of Seven of Nine, a young female Borg, on the the UPN series “Star Trek: Voyager,” opposite Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill, Garrett Wang, Ethan Phillips and Robert Picardo. During her stint on the show (Season 4-7), she won the 1999 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and the 2001 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television, not to mention three Saturn nominations for Best Genre TV Actress  (1998 & 1999) and Best Genre TV Supporting Actress (2000). She recalled, “When I started out on “Star Trek: Voyager” (1995), they had to tell me everything about “Star Trek”, because I knew nothing about it. I had never seen the original series, I had never seen “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987). I think I'd seen a couple of episodes here and there - of the original series, probably. Never seen “Voyager”. Didn't know what a Borg was. They gave me a copy of “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), the movie, so I could at least see what a Borg was. They also gave me a copy of the big Star Trek encyclopedia, whatever it is, so that I could bone up on my Star Trek knowledge. Fortunately, it sort of worked for the character that I wouldn't know any of the back stories of the people on Voyager, because she was coming in cold, like I was. That was actually helpful as opposed to detrimental.”

While working on “Voyager,” Ryan managed to appear in other acting projects. In 1998, she made her feature debut as Lydia in “Men Cry Bullets,” an indie comedy/drama directed and written by Tamara Hernandez that won the Prix Tournage at the Avignon Film Festival, the Audience Choice Award at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the SXSW Competition Award at the SXSW Film Festival and the Chameleon for Best Feature Film at the Williamsburg Brooklyn Film Festival. Following guest appearances in the UPN series “The Sentinel” (2 episodes, 1998-1999) and “Dilbert” (1 episode, 1999), she had her first film lead in Harry Ralston's indie comedy, “The Last Man” (2000),where she portrayed the last woman left on Earth, made a cameo as herself in Disney's “The Kid” (2000) and played Valerie Sharpe, one of Dracula's brides, on the horror film “Dracula 2000” (2000), which was a critical and commercial disappointment.

After her series came to an end in 2001, Ryan joined the cast of the Fox drama series “Boston Public” in the main role of Ronnie Cooke, a foiled lawyer who gives up to become a high school teacher. She was on the show from season 2 in 2001 until the show's cancellation in 2004. In 2003, she returned to features with an unconventional role of a cunning stewardess who becomes a sceptered feminist on the romantic comedy “Down with Love,” starring Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. In the following year, she starred as Gillian Owens in the TV film “Sudbury,” opposite Kim Delaney and Kat Dennings.

In 2005, Ryan had a recurring role as Charlotte Morgan, a recovering alcoholic who befriends Kirsten, on  seven episodes of the Fox teen drama “The O.C.,” starring Peter Gallagher and Kelly Rowan, and appeared with David Arquette, Armand Assante and Robert Bizik in the TV movie “The Commuters.”  After appearing in two episodes of ABC's “Boston Legal” as Courtney Reese (2006), the  prolific actress co-starred in the CBS legal drama “Shark,” opposite James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown, Sarah Carter, Kevin Alejandro and Henry Simmons. Playing Los Angeles County District Attorney Jessica Devlin, she was on the show throughout its two season run from September 21, 2006 until May 20, 2008.  

In 2009, Ryan joined the cast of the TNT drama “Leverage” in the recurring role of Tara Cole, a  self-confident grifter sent by Sophie to temporarily replace her while she is in Europe taking some personal time. She starred as Rachel in the Lifetime television film, “Secrets in the Walls” (2010) and as Sophie Fyne, an environmentally friendly fashion designer and advocate for women, in the Canadian made for television movie “Dead Lines” (2010). She also appeared as Patrice Larue in three episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2009-2010),  Dr. Kimberly Phoenix in an episode of “Psych” (2010), Sonya Blade in two episodes of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” (2011), Naomi Halloran in an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” (2011),   Amanda Lattimer in an episode of “Warehouse 13” (2011), Sherri in an episode of “Two and a Half Men” (2011) and Sally Williams/Rachel (voice) in an episode of the animated series “Robot Chicken” (2011).  

Ryan returned to series television as a regular on the medical drama series “Body of Proof,” playing Dr. Kate Murphy, an imperious Chief Medical Examiner and Megan's superior. The show premiered on ABC March 29, 2011.  


Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films: Saturn Award, Best Supporting Actress on Television, “Star Trek: Voyager,” 2001

Satellite: Golden Satellite Award, Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, “Star Trek: Voyager,” 1999 Show Less
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