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Susan Gibney
Born (1961-09-11) September 11, 1961 (age 61)[1]
EducationBuffalo State College (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Occupation(s)Film, stage, television actress
Years active1988–present
Known forCrossing Jordan
Happy Family
The Fearing Mind
Star Trek: The Next Generation

Susan Gibney (born September 11, 1961)[1] is an American actress.

Early life and education

Gibney was born in Manhattan Beach, California. She moved to Webster, New York, at a young age, returned to California several times, returning to Webster in 2004. She graduated from Buffalo State College with a major in theater, and later earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama.[2]


On television, Gibney portrayed Maggie Harris on Happy Family,[3]: 431  Janis Archer on Diagnosis: Murder,[3]: 257  and Rene Walcott on Crossing Jordan.[3] She appeared twice on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Dr. Leah Brahms, once in the episode "Booby Trap" and later in "Galaxy's Child". She also appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in the episodes "Homefront" and "Paradise Lost", as Commander (later Captain) Erika Benteen. She was considered for the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, but did not get the role.[4][5][6] She was later considered for the role of Seven of Nine and tested twice.[6] She was also considered, but likewise rejected, for the role of the Borg Queen in the film Star Trek: First Contact.[4]

Post Star Trek, Gibney has appeared in a number of movies, the most critically acclaimed one being We Are Still Here,[citation needed] a 2015 American horror film written and directed by Ted Geoghegan.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird Alice Woods
1992 The Waterdance Cheryl Lynn
1996 The Great White Hype Vivian
1997 Dinner and Driving Barbara
2001 Besotted Vicky
2002 Derailed Madeline Kristoff
2010 The Hammer Janet Hamill
2015 We Are Still Here Maddie


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Spenser: For Hire Molly Sears "McAllister"
1988 The Equalizer Angela Drake "Always a Lady"
1989 Columbo Madge "Sex and the Married Detective"
1989 Alien Nation Harriet Beecher "Fountain of Youth"
1989 L.A. Law Lucy Blanchard "Lie Down and Deliver"
1989–1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dr. Leah Brahms "Booby Trap" & "Galaxy's Child"
1994 One Life to Live Dr. Grace Atherton TV series
1994 New York Undercover Karen "Sins of the Father"
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Genevieve Ducasse "Death By Extermination"
1994-1999 Diagnosis: Murder Det. Tanis Archer Recurring role
1995 Due South Suzanne Chapin "You Must Remember This"
1995 Chicago Hope Deputy D.A. Johnson "Internal Affairs"
1995 The Larry Sanders Show Kia "I Was a Teenage Lesbian"
1995 Pride & Joy Donna "Genius"
1995-1996 The Client Claudette Gaines "Child's Play" & "Sympathy for the Devil"
1996 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Captain Erika Benteen "Homefront" & "Paradise Lost"
1996 Unforgivable Beth French TV film
1996 The Secret She Carried Judy TV film
1996 Bedtime Liz TV series
1997 The Cape Sylvia TV series
1997 JAG Lt. Linda Nivens "Trinity"
1998 The Pretender Kim "Hope & Prey"
1999 Evolution's Child Beth Lider TV film
1999 Nash Bridges Melissa Toland "Get Bananas"
1999 Diagnosis: Murder Maya "Gangland: Parts 1 & 2"
2000 Cabin by the Lake Regan TV film
2000 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Charlotte Meridian "Pilot"
2000-2001 The Fearing Mind Cynthia Fearing Main role
2001 Night Visions Natalie Doyle "After Life"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Charlotte Meridian "And Then There Were None"
2002 For the People Susan "Pawns"
2002 Judging Amy Ms. Reilly "Every Stranger's Face I See"
2002 Becker Helen "Chris-Mess"
2002-2007 Crossing Jordan DA Renee Walcott Recurring role
2003 24 Anna "Day 2: 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m."
2003-2004 Happy Family Maggie Harris Main role
2004 Touching Evil Dr. Elizabeth Walker "Mercy"
2005 Criminal Minds Dr. Linda Deaton "Derailed"
2006 The Jake Effect Gwen Carlyle "Parent Teacher Conference"
2007 Standoff Allison Lehman "Lie to Me"
2008 Knight Rider Jennifer "Knight Rider"
2008 Lost Dist. Atty. Melissa Dunbrook "Eggtown"
2012 The Mentalist Alice Burns "Panama Red"
2022 Star Trek: Lower Decks Dr. Leah Brahms "Mining the Mind's Mines"


  1. ^ a b "Susan Gibney". Fandango Media. Retrieved 19 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Susan Gibney Fan Site". Archived from the original on March 14, 2019. Retrieved September 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  4. ^ a b "Meet The Actress Who Almost Played Janeway, Part 2". March 28, 2014.
  5. ^ Michelle (February 2, 2005). "Piller, Mulgrew Reflect on Voyager". TrekToday.
  6. ^ a b "How Susan Gibney Almost Played Captain Janeway". Janet's Star Trek Voyager website. Archived from the original on April 30, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2008.