Michelle Forbes (born 8 January 1965; age 48) is an actress best known to Star Trek fans for her recurring role as Bajoran Starfleet officer Ro Laren on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Born in Austin, Texas, Forbes – originally hoping to become a ballet dancer – began receiving formal acting training at the Performing Arts High School in Houston. While on vacation in New York City at the age of 16, she found herself auditioning for a film; although it did not pan out, she nevertheless signed with the William Morris Agency and began her professional career in the Big Apple.
In 1987, at the age of 22, she landed the dual roles of Solita Carrera and Sonni Carrera Lewis on the daytime soap opera Guiding Light. She remained with the show for two years, receiving a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for her performance in 1990. She went on to make guest appearances on a few other TV shows (including Father Dowling Mysteries with Natalia Nogulich) before landing the role of Ensign Ro on Next Generation.