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Vanessa Smythe (born 2 December) is an actress who played Harper in the Star Trek: Strange New Worlds second season episode "Under the Cloak of War".

Smythe has been married to Star Trek: Discovery guest actor Jake Epstein since 2018. The couple has one child.

Smythe is probably best known for her recurring role as Michio in the fifth and sixth seasons of The Expanse (2020-22), alongside Shohreh Aghdashloo, Bahia Watson, Nazneen Contractor, Samer Salem, Conrad Coates, Daniel Jun, Emma Ho, Ian Ho, Adrian Pavone, Ava Cheung, Andre Colquhoun, Lindsay Owen Pierre, Brian George, Alex Armbruster, Josh Madryga, Phi Huynh, and Victoria Goodman. In 2023, she played a recurring role in Less Than Kosher.

She made guest appearances in episodes of series such as Warehouse 13 (starring Saul Rubinek, with Missi Pyle and Faran Tahir, directed by Chris Fisher), Saving Hope (starring Huse Madhavji, with Milton Barnes), Murdoch Mysteries, Designated Survivor (with Zoe McLellan, Virginia Madsen, Jake Epstein, Elana Dunkelman, Chelsea Harris, David Benjamin Tomlinson, Etan Muskat, Bobby Brown, and Joy Castro), Mrs. America (with Genevieve Adam), Hudson & Rex (with Shawn Ahmed), and The Hot Zone (starring Daniel Dae Kim, with Sochi Fried and Hannah Cheesman).

Her feature film credits include Carrie (2013, with Derek McGrath), We Had It Coming (2019), Pieces of a Woman (2020), and the horror The Amityville Curse (2023). She also appeared in the Christmas TV movies Christmas Beneath the Stars (2021) and Christmas Plus One (2022).

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