In a recent interview with Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Aaron Harberts conducted at the Hollywood premiere last week, TrekMovie.com confirmed a long-rumored character appearance for the first season of the show: Amanda Grayson, wife of Sarek and mother to Spock.

The topic of Amanda Grayson was first broached by former producer Bryan Fuller in 2016 when he first revealed early information about the setting of Star Trek: Discovery, hinting that Grayson “maybe” will play a role in the then-in-pre-production series.

According to Harberts, Grayson will be played by actress Mia Kirshner, who had a breakout role in the first season of FOX’s 24 playing terrorist ‘Mandy,’ and became a recurring threat on that series. The Toronto native later featured as series regulars on HBO’s The L Word and Defiance on Syfy.

Kirshner will make the third actress to take on the role of human wife to Sarek of Vulcan, following in the footsteps of Jane Wyatt (seen above) — who originated the role in the classic Trek episode “Journey to Babel” and returned in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home — and Winona Ryder, who portrayed Amanda in the 2009 Star Trek film.

(Majel Barrett voiced the role when Amanda appeared in the animated episode “Yesteryear.”)

Winona Ryder as Amanda in a deleted scene from the 2009 film.

No word yet on when we’ll see Amanda Grayson on screen, but with the already-seen use of flashbacks to Michael Burnham’s childhood on Vulcan, it’s likely the wait won’t be very long as the Discovery team expands upon her story.

The next episode of Star Trek: Discovery, “Context is for Kings,” airs at Sunday on CBS All Access and Space, and will arrive Monday on Netflix.

  • Lenonn

    Technically, she will be the fourth actress. Majel voiced the character on the animated series.

    • Paul Walker

      Majel also voiced the computer on TNG.

      • You’re a regular Wikipedia, Paul.

        • Jimmy Stewart

          He is smarter than you, Mawazi.

      • Edgar Pinecone

        If that were true, I’m sure we’d have heard about it before now.

      • Rass

        Gee… really?

  • prometheus59650

    Works for me.

    • Paul Walker

      Explain why that works for you exactly.

      • prometheus59650

        She’s a decent actress and I’d like to see Amanda’s perspective on Burnam?

        (As an advisement, it’s quite troll to upvote yourself. If one says something worthwhile they shouldn’t need to engage in the ego-stroking)

        Worry not, there will be a couple of other trolls along shortly. They’ll agree with you.

        • Paul Walker

          I need more upvotes to impress my digital girl friend. Please help me with voting for me.

        • Jimmy Stewart

          I agree with him. He is smart.

          • prometheus59650

            Troll elsewhere, Troll.

  • Your Worst Nightmare

    Interesting choice.

    • Paul Walker

      Can you expound a little? Two words doesn’t give us much insight into your brain.

      • Your Worst Nightmare

        I don’t think you really care about anyone’s insights other than your own, but I’ll bite.

        She wouldn’t be my first choice. From what I’ve seen in her in the past, she doesn’t have the same feel as previous actresses who’ve played Amanda. But maybe they’re doing something new? Maybe there’s something I don’t know about the actress? Therefore, I find it interesting.

        • Paul Walker

          I do care about your insights, especially. I really do care about what you think and say on this blog. Remember when Amanda Grayson was in Star Trek IV right after a Macintosh computer voice asked Spock, “How do you feel?” “How do you feel?”

        • Jimmy Stewart

          I really do care about your insight. And your brain wave capacity.

      • Insight into one’s brain, interesting phrase. I’ve been thinking the same thing about you, Paul. How does your brain work? I worry that it might not be a pleasant place to live.

        • Jimmy Stewart

          You probably have not seen the classic episode, Spock’s Brain.

  • Eric Cheung

    For some reason the folks casting Star Trek: Discovery have much more of an incredible knack for finding spitting images of the original characters than the casting folks for the JJ films.

    • Paul Walker

      Prequels are still pointless.

      • Victorinox

        Trolling every single comment, whining about DSC is pointless…

        • Jimmy Stewart

          I sincerely doubt you know what you are talking about. Have you seen STD?

          • Victorinox

            I have seen it, and I have enjoyed immensely. By far the best first episode of a Star Trek series. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive. I subscribed to CBS All Access and intend to support the show with my hard earned money.

            If you don’t like it, that’s fine. Just don’t watch it, but especially, don’t come here to whine. Regardless of how much you whine, the show is not going to change, and more importantly, it is not going to fail, no matter how much you want it to just so you can validate your personal opinion.

            By the way, Star Trek Voyager was never STV. Star Trek Enterprise was never STE. Then obviously Star trek Discovery is not STD. The correct acronym is DSC or ST DSC. I think you know that, so I’ll add that the list of pointless attempts to troll.

          • prometheus59650

            I hope you’re enjoying the site, Paul. 🙂

          • mr joyce

            he’ll be banned completely soon.. lol

      • Hanging around a comments section to repeatedly say you don’t like the thing being discussed in the article, now that’s pointless. It starts to come across as “protesting too much.” Perhaps you secretly love what you saw, but can’t admit it to yourself.

        • Jimmy Stewart

          I bet he actually hates it. But is a coward.

          • prometheus59650

            Hey there, Paul.

      • Rass

        So feel free to watch a franchise you’re actually a fan of.

    • DC Forever

      Yea, the casting has been phenonomal.

      • Jimmy Stewart

        Learn how to spell. This website is for those who can actually think.

        • Snap

          Before you attack someone, perhaps you should do a bit of research “yea” is an acceptable form for an affirmative response, being an older form of “yeah.”

          Furthermore, the American spelling isn’t the only applicable spelling for words of the English language.

          • DC Forever

            99% sure it’s Paul Walker using a new ID.

          • Jimmy Stewart

            You are a moron. I am just new to Star Trek and the internet because I am only 18.

          • DC Forever

            Mods, please look at Jimmy Stewart as potential sock-puppeting from Paul Walker today.

            And I also suspect this person was also formerly the Dan King and Michael Disqus ID’s that created so much trouble earlier this year here.

            Thank you for reviewing this. Sorry for the trouble.

          • Jesus Christ

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          • Jimmy Stewart

            So phenonomal is the right way to spell phenomenal as well. Okay snap, go on sucking DC Forever, forever.

        • DC Forever

          Wow, you join Disqus 40 minutes ago, and one of your first posts is singling me out with this rather juvenile “spelling” attack on me. Lol

          Hi Paul! 😉

          • Jimmy Stewart

            Who is Paul?

          • prometheus59650

            Who is Paul?

            You is Paul.

            Hi, Paul. 🙂

            LOL.

          • DC Forever

            And he’s most probably Dan King and Michael as well. Lol

          • Quintillion Tesla

            And Barak Aslani, and/or Tom Cruise Phones It in.

          • Jesus Christ

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          • Did paul get banned?

        • Locutus

          This website is for everyone. Abusing others does not elevate you.

      • Jesus Christ

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    • madmadia85

      I disagree. Winona Ryder was a perfect choice as the mother of Quinto-Spock (especially if you watch the deleted scenes where she’s playing a younger Amanda), especially in terms of him having his mother’s eyes. Ben Cross also was a great Sarek. Tos Spock doesn’t really look anything like his parents.

      as for looking for ‘spitting images’ of the original characters, I don’t see it a requirement nor an actual possibility.

      • Eric Cheung

        I never said it was a priority, merely an observation I made. I think Winona Ryder’s closer to looking like Amanda than Ben Cross was to Sarek. That said, I do like Crain’s performance much better than Cross’ anyway.

        • madmadia85

          Ben didn’t get that much screentime to make a real comparision, but I have to say that his Sarek was, for the most part, consistent with how the original acted.
          Discovery’s one might as well be a completely different vulcan, not just because he doesn’t really look like either Spock, but because they seem to have altered his personality a bit to make him have with Michael a different kind of relationship he had with his son in tos.

          Understanbly, some are noticing a certain level of hypocrisy and contradiction in him not approving Spock’s choice to join starfleet (because, according to Amanda, he didn’t approve starfleet in general too) , which resulted in him not talking to his son for years and not caring if he were alive or not while he was – at the time Michael is working on her ship here – working with Pike, all the while he’s more than ok about his daughter joining starfleet even before Spock (to the extent he even helps her and personally goes with her to her first ship).
          sure, Sarek didn’t seem to be ‘dad of the year’ before, but now he really seems to be the worst with the double standards. It’s one thing to be a bad parent in general because you are not capable to act in a certain way (and in both reality there is consistency in the fact that he needed some time to understand his mistakes with Spock), another is to be a bad parent to one kid specifically because you have double standards.

    • AmiRami

      ehh. I never liked Chris Pine as Kirk (till Beyond) but Quinto and esp Karl Urban were spot on casting choices.

  • Paul Walker

    Oh great, now they can reveal that Spock also had a half earthling mother even though they never mentioned her before.

    • Quintillion Tesla

      Lol, you’re upvoting your own comments on this page.

      • Paul Walker

        um.. no I’m not… uh, I would never. Can you please upvote me 🙂

    • DC Forever

      Don’t think that people can’t see through your act here. It’s clear to me that you’ve been here before under past ID’s. You show up, pretend for a week or two to be a new person, and act reasonably about DSC like you have an open mind, but then you gradually go negative trolling on it, which then escalates to the point where the mods kick you off.

      isn’t that right, Michael/Dan King?

      • Paul Walker

        No idea what you are talking about. But I do truly hate nepotism. Also, I do have an open mind and behave and think reasonably. It is you you have now leveled an accusation at me that has no basis in reality. One that you cannot back up with proof simply because I have disagreed on some points of DSC. I like some parts about it, sure, but overall not as much as I like DS9, TNG, TOS, or even ENT. Though between ENT and VOY and DSC, it is too early to tell.

        • Your Worst Nightmare

          What does nepotism have to do with any of this?

          • A_Warrior_of_Marley

            Is he saying that DC is related to someone on the Trekcore staff?

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            *shrugs*

          • Quintillion Tesla

            Also his comment/fear about “Spock also had a half earthling mother even though they never mentioned her before” makes absolutely no sense.

          • Your Worst Nightmare

            His commentary is irrelevant anyway.

          • Jimmy Stewart

            DC Forever is the cousin of the owner of this website I think.

  • Paul Bateman

    Great casting.

    • Snap

      Yeah, except for the somewhat sour expression on her face in the picture, she totally looks like a young Amanda.

  • She seems a little young for the role. Amanda was in her late 50’s in “Journey to Babel,” so ten years earlier, she should be in her late 40’s. Mia Kirshner sure doesn’t look like she’s in her late 40’s … unless she’s playing Amanda in flashbacks, when Burnham was a kid. Or I guess they could use age make-up on her, the way they did with Mark Lenard in “Journey to Babel.”

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      She’s 42. Probably splitting the difference. I wouldn’t be surprised to see her in the regular story time and the flashbacks.

      • Paweł Ausir Dembowski

        She might appear in flashbacks “as is” and then get aged-up by make-up in the present.

    • Snap

      It is quite difficult to judge someone’s age by their physical appearance. People just tend to age differently and people in their late 20s can look like they are teenagers. I’m sure if it was really a bone of contention, they could use makeup to make her look a bit more age appropriate, like they did in Star Trek 09 with Winona Ryder in her scenes after Spock reached adulthood.

      • prometheus59650

        Indeed. I got carded for a lottery purchase at 40 and no one was more shocked than I.

    • DC Forever

      Do you realize that she is in her 40’s? I think that photo is like a decade old?

    • Eric

      Jane Wyatt – and not necessarily the character Amanda Grayson – was about 57 when “Journey to Babel” aired. If Amanda was the same age, and DSC is set 10-11 years before that, then Amanda Grayson would be 46-47 at the time of the events of this first season. Since Mia Kirshner is 42 I think that is well within the realm of reasonable. And as others have said, its hard to pin down someone’s age based only on appearance and if needed television uses makeup/special effects to properly age an actor. It’s so close; why would this even be an issue?

  • Jimmy Stewart

    With the release of Star Trek Discovery, I find it troubling that only Paramount plants reside in the comment section of this website.

  • Justin Olson

    Pretty sure Mia Kirshner’s breakout role was in Atom Egoyan’s EXOTICA. She was also hilarious in NOT ANOTHER TEEN MOVIE.

  • Tom Cruise Never Phones It IN

    Fanservice

    • Your Worst Nightmare

      Hmm…
      Like a whole lot of Star Trek Beyond.
      Like Spock Prime in Star Trek and Into Darkness.
      Like season four of Enterprise.
      Like Janeway in Nemesis.
      Like Cochrane in “Broken Bow.”
      Like Barclay in First Contact.
      Like Kirk, Scotty and Chekov in Genrations.
      Like “Trials and Tribble-ations.”
      Like Sulu in “Flashback.”
      Like Quark in “Caretaker.”
      Like Picard in “Emissary.”
      Like Scotty in “Relics.”
      Like Spock in “Unification.”
      Like McCoy in “Encounter at Farpoint.”
      Like Khan in Wrath of Khan.

      Need I go on?

      I’m not suggesting that Discovery isn’t guilty of it. But before you make comments about it, just look at the history of this franchise which is RIPE with fan service.

    • mr joyce

      Meaningless one liners?

    • Rass

      In other words, you’re a troll.

  • Ian Fleming

    But will we see Sybok? That’s wall TRUE Trek fans want to know. Probably.

    • Quintillion Tesla

      Oh I’d love to see Sybok. I know the producers were questioned on the red carpet about him and Spock possibly appearing on DSC, but they didn’t rule anything out.

      • AmiRami

        I wonder whom they would get to play Spock. I’m betting Quinto wouldn’t be allowed to do it on TV.

        • Quintillion Tesla

          I don’t think he’s keen on reprising Spock for TV at all, judging from a recent interview ( plus he’d be too old ).

          I reckon we may possibly see a child Spock with a child Burnham though, in flashback.

          • AmiRami

            kid Spock with Kid Michael would be the easiest way to go.

    • AmiRami

      Sybok was only Spock’s 1/2 brother (he was ironically fully Vulcan) so it would be interesting to see his mother as well.

  • pittrek

    Why can’t this show be its own thing?

    • Ian Fleming

      No Trek show (other than TOS) has truly been its own thing.

  • discsolo

    Mia Kirshner is a terrific actress; and I’ve been crazy about her for years, since her first feature. She’s also damn easy on the eyes. Great choice by the Discovery team (though, I certainly would have been very pleased if Ms. Ryder had agreed to take on the part again).

    • FailMaster

      Where’s your latest movie, Jai? Still waiting! Show us your genius!

  • Quintillion Tesla

    The actress bears a striking to resemblance to Deborah Shelton ( aka Mandy Winger from Dallas ):
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6d32a352c8579695641d6589c57c7a4fc7a1769c4426792d2655b4e3aae26f78.jpg

    • GIBBS v2

      The crop of that image is unfortunately awesome.

    • The Science Fiction Oracle

      Is she wearing anything in this photo?

  • October_1985

    Pretty good choice, she even looks a bit like Jane Wyatt. That said, I wouldn’t have mind if Ben Cross and Winona Ryder had reprised their roles from the movies. They were pretty good in them (Cross particularly), and since they shared screen with Nimoy’s Spock, they are canon in the Prime timeline too.

    • AmiRami

      Something tells me Paramount would totally block that from happening.

  • Fiery Little One

    Hmm… Well, she *does* look like a younger Jane, so there’s that.

    • AmiRami

      great choice!

  • AmiRami

    well it sounds like we won’t see her till at least 2019 when the 2nd season is supposedly being planned for.

  • Michael Kurland

    With Amanda Grayson now cast, can we expect a possible appearance by Spock himself? Using a body double and the “Rogue One” CG technology to posthumously resurrect Leonard Nimoy. That’s the way Leonard’s son, Adam wanted it done.