Kes (Jennifer Lien) [b. 24 August 1974]
Jennifer Lien stars as Kes, the inquisitive young revolutionary Ocampa who helps her former lover, Neelix, run the officer's mess aboard the Starship U.S.S. Voyager in Star Trek: Voyager, produced by Paramount Network Television for broadcast on UPN. When a strange occurrence takes the Starship U.S.S. Voyager to the far reaches of the galaxy and the search for kidnapped crewmen take the away team to her home planet, Kes helps the Voyagers recapture their missing colleagues -- and hitches a ride through the universe.
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Born and raised in Illinois, Lien knew early on that she wanted to act. Encouraged by an English teacher and a drama teacher, she began performing in summer theater and festivals at 13. She cut her teeth on roles in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" and "Othello" before moving on to more contemporary dramatic and musical theater and guest-starring on an episode of the Oprah Winfrey series Brewster Place.
At 16, Lien was hired by Another World and moved to New York to portray the newly created character of Hannah, a misfit orphan, on the NBC daytime drama. She remained with the show for a year-and-a-half, then gave her face a rest and put her voice to work. She can be heard on Saturday Night Live regular Adam Sandier's comedy album, and has guest-voiced on The Critic and dubbed lines in the English version of the French Mramax film "Baby Blood."
Returning to work in front of the camera, she landed the role of Roanne in the ABC series Phenom, and appeared in the short independent film trailer "The Hairy Bird."
She has studied acting and voice, and she enjoys playing the trombone.