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Raven Dauda (born 21 July) is a Canadian actress who played the role of Doctor Tracy Pollard in the first and second season of Star Trek: Discovery. She also reprised the role in the upcoming third season. 
A veteran of the stage and screen, Dauda appeared in numerous television series, such as Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Odyssey 5 (starring Peter Weller), The Firm (with Allan G. Royal), Rookie Blue, Orphan Black (with Michelle Forbes), Heroes Reborn (with Nazneen Contractor and Greg Grunberg), Suits (with Neal McDonough), Designated Survivor (with Virginia Madsen), Murdoch Mysteries (with Jason Deline), and The Umbrella Academy. She had recurring roles in Annedroids, Saving Hope (with Dwain Murphy and Brian Markinson), Falling Water (with Sam Asante and Krista Jang), and Utopia Falls (with Milton Barnes and Dwain Murphy). She provided her voice for the revival animated series Clifford: The Big Red Dog, along with Bahia Watson. She also appeared in a few feature films, such as Gossip (2000) and Bulletproof Monk (2003).
Currently a member of the Toronto-based Necessary Angel Theatre Company, Dauda recently starred in the one-woman play Addicted, which was based on her own past struggles with alcoholism. She also holds a Black Belt in Taekwondo.