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Penny Johnson Jerald (born 14 March 1961; age 63) is an actress who played Kasidy Yates in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Dobara in the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episode "Homeward". Her costume from "Homeward" was later sold off on the It's A Wrap! sale and auction on eBay. [1]

One of Johnson Jerald's early television guest appearances was in an episode of T. J. Hooker, starring William Shatner and her Deep Space Nine co-star James Darren. She was a regular cast member on The Larry Sanders Show with Scott Thompson and Wallace Langham as well as during the first three seasons of the popular FOX television series 24, on which she played Sherry Palmer, the duplicitous ex-wife to President of the United States David Palmer.

In 1997, she played a crime-scene technician in Absolute Power, co-starring Mark Margolis and Jerry Hardin's daughter Melora.

She was just one of a few Star Trek stars to appear in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, where she played Condoleezza Rice. Other Star Trek stars appearing in the film include frequent Deep Space Nine guest star Gregory Itzin who played John Ashcroft, Stephen Macht who played Paul Wolfowitz, and Lawrence Pressman who played Dick Cheney. Johnson Jerald also co-starred in The Color of Friendship (2000, with Lindsey Haun). She played Condoleeza Rice again in The Path to 9/11 (2006, with Terry Serpico). Johnson Jerald had a recurring role in the fourth season of The 4400, reuniting with Deep Space Nine showrunner Ira Steven Behr and working alongside fellow Deep Space Nine actor Jeffrey Combs and Next Generation guest actor William O. Campbell.

In 2011, Johnson Jerald joined the main cast of Castle in its fourth season as Captain Victoria Gates. She thus joined fellow Deep Space Nine cast mate Michael Dorn, who had a recurring role and appeared with her in the Castle fourth season premiere, and Robert Picardo, who had a recurring role in the show as well.

In 2017, Johnson Jerald joined the main cast of The Orville, a sci-fi comedy series on FOX that has been described as a tribute to Star Trek, portraying chief medical officer Claire Finn. The series was created by and stars Seth MacFarlane and features many Trek alumni before and behind the camera.

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