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Daphne Lee Ashbrook (born 30 January 1963; age 61) is the actor who played Melora Pazlar in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine second season episode "Melora". However, she is recognized as the Eighth Doctor's companion Dr. Grace Holloway in the 1996 television film Doctor Who. She prepared for the role of Melora Pazlar by taking a wheelchair to a local shopping mall. Commenting on the experience, she said, "Everything's an obstacle and also nobody looks at you. I think because people are uncomfortable and they don't know what to do." [1]

Personal Life[]

Ashbrook was born in Long Beach, California to parents, D'Ann Paton and late actor/director Buddy Ashbrook. She is the sister of Twin Peaks actor Dana Ashbrook and director/producer Taylor Ashbrook.

She made her acting debut at 6, after spending nights at the theater at her parents' play rehearsals as a very young girl.

Ashbrook gave birth to her daughter, Paton Lee, with Lorenzo Lamas. Paton has since become an actress herself, making her acting debut at age 10.

Her current partner is David Vito Gregoli. She published her autobiography entitled Dead Woman Laughing in 2012, and toured with the book in 2013. [2]


Ashbrook is one of the few actors to have speaking roles in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises, appearing the 1996 Doctor Who TV movie.

Prior to Deep Space Nine, Ashbrook had guest roles in the television series Knight Rider, Fame, The A Team (with Dwight Schultz), and Murder, She Wrote. After playing Melora, she appeared in two episodes of Sisters and one episode of Diagnosis: Murder. She also portrayed different characters in two further episodes of Murder, She Wrote, with Casey Biggs, John Rhys-Davies and Rosalind Chao. Between 1995 and 1998, Ashbrook had a recurring role as Annie Pendry on the long running series JAG, appearing alongside Norman Large, Steven Culp, Paul Collins and Gregory Itzin. She later starred in Profiler, Cupid and Judging Amy, before gaining the recurring role of Dawn Atwood in The O.C. (working with Melinda Clarke and again, Rosalind Chao). In 2005, Ashbrook appeared in Crossing Jordan (starring Miguel Ferrer and Jerry O'Connell) and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (starring Paul Guilfoyle and Wallace Langham, with Jessica Collins), before going on to appear in Cold Case, Ghost Whisperer and Without a Trace. Her most recent television appearances are Law & Order: LA (2010) and NCIS (2011).

Ashbrook has also appeared in numerous television movies including Brothers-in-Law (1985), That Secret Sunday (1986), Carly's Web (1987) and 14 Going on 30 (1988, with Richard McGonagle and Judith Jones), before going onto appear alongside future Deep Space Nine actors René Auberjonois and Andrew Robinson in the movies Longarm (1988) and Rock Hudson (1990) respectively. She later starred in Daughters of Privilege (1991, with Kate Vernon), Intruders (1992, again with Rosalind Chao), Dead Man's Revenge (1994) and The Love Letter (1998).

Asbrook's big screen debut came in 1984, when she was cast as Phoebe Willis in Gimme an 'F'. Since then, she has starred in the movies Quiet Cool (1986), Sunset Heat (1992, with Tony Todd), Automatic (1995), Dumbarton Bridge (1999) and Delia's Song (2000). Her latest film role, albeit a minor one, was in the 2009 movie The Lodger.

Aside from her acting career, Ashbrook also enjoys singing, citing "music runs thru the viens [sic] of my family like theatre does." In November 2010, she released her first album entitled Grace Notes, featuring covers of her favorite songs by Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin and Patty Griffin, among others. The album was produced by her long-time partner and musician, David Vito Gregoli. [3]

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