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Sonequa Martin-Green (born 21 March 1985; age 36) is an American actress who plays Commander Michael Burnham, the lead in Star Trek: Discovery. Martin-Green's casting was officially announced on 3 April 2017, [1] although earlier news stories had suggested her casting; these had given the character the name Rainsford. [2]

Martin-Green has said she wasn't a Star Trek fan growing up, though she was aware of how Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Nichelle Nichols to stay on the original series. [3]

Martin-Green won a Saturn Award for her performance as Burnham at the 2018 ceremony and which was the first industry award she was nominated for. [4] This was followed by a second nomination in 2019 in the same category, [5] which she also won, and a third one in 2021.


Martin-Green is best known for playing Sasha Williams on AMC's comic book TV adaptation of The Walking Dead (costarring Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kenric Green, and guest starring Denise Crosby), and Tamara on ABC's Once Upon a Time (also starring Jennifer Morrison).

Martin-Green is married to fellow actor, and Discovery season 2 castmember, Kenric Green who also acted on The Walking Dead. The couple have a son.

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