Who is Roxann Dawson?
Roxann Dawson, also known as “Roxann Biggs” and “Roxann Biggs-Dawson,” is an American actor, producer, director, and writer. The multifaceted personality is best known for her portrayal of ‘B'Elanna Torres’ in 'Star Trek: Voyager.' Apart from acting in it, Roxanne has been associated with other areas of the 'Star Trek' franchise, too. She has directed a few episodes of the franchise. She later lent her voice to the 'Star Trek' video games and appeared in a few related documentaries. Her other voice-over credits include the audiobooks 'Star Trek: The Klingon Way, A Warrior's Guide,’ 'Alien Voices: The Time Machine,' 'Alien Voices: The Lost World,' and 'Alien Voices: Journey to the Center of The Earth.' In addition to films and TV, Roxann has showcased her acting skills in the theater circuit, too. She has performed with several regional theaters across the US. She has written a couple of plays and has co-authored a trilogy. As a producer, Roxanne is credited for three TV series, namely, 'Scandal,' 'Cold Case,' and 'Crossing Jordan.' In her career to date, Roxanne has won three awards and a number of nominations, both as an actor and a director. She is all set to release her first full-length directorial venture, 'Breakthrough,' in 2019. Roxanne has married twice. She was initially married to her fellow 'Star Trek' actor Casey Biggs and then to Eric Dawson. She is now a mother of two children.
Childhood & Early Life
Roxann was born Roxann Caballero, on September 11, 1958, in Los Angeles, California, to Richard and Rosalie Caballero. She is of Hispanic descent. Roxann attended 'Beverly Hills High School,' where her interest in music and drama grew further. She often participated in stage productions in high school.
After graduating from the 'University of California, Berkeley’ in 1980, with a major in theater arts, Roxann began her stint as an actor.
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Roxanne began her career in 1982, with the ‘’Broadway production of 'A Chorus Line,' staged at the 'Shubert Theatre,' New York City. She played the character ‘Diana Morales’ in the musical. Following this, she was seen in plays such as 'Daughters,' 'Tropicana,' and William Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest.' Roxann also wrote the stage play 'Desire to Fall' (1986).
In 1985, Roxann made her TV debut, as ‘Adrienne Morrow’ in the 'NBC' soap opera 'Another World.' This was the first time she was credited as “Roxann Biggs.” Following this, Roxann appeared in a few more TV series and continued working in theater simultaneously. Her first recurring role was as ‘Yolanda “Yolo” Elena Puente’ in the 'NBC' drama 'Nightingales.' Roxann was also seen in the revival of Tennessee Williams’s play 'The Rose Tattoo' (as ‘Rosa Delle Rose’).
Roxann played two characters (‘Alyssa’ and ‘Debbie Morton’) in two episodes of the 'CBS' crime drama 'Jake and the Fatman.' She played the character ‘Jennifer Clemente’ in seven episodes of the 'NBC' series 'The Round Table.' Roxann played ‘Lt. Torres’ in the 1991 TV movie 'N.Y.P.D. Mounted.' In 1992, she made her film debut, portraying ‘María Croce’ in the TV movie 'Mortal Sins.' However, her first feature-length film was the 1993 crime drama 'Blood In, Blood Out.' Unfortunately, Roxann’s role in the film was uncredited.
In 1994, Roxann was seen in two films (both credited), namely, 'Pointman’ (as ‘Rosie Alvarez’) and ‘Greyhounds' (as ‘JoJo Golina’). The following year, she began playing the most significant character of her career, a Klingon–human hybrid and the chief engineer on the ‘Federation’ starship ‘Voyager,’ ‘B’Elanna Torres,’ in the 'UPN' science-fiction series 'Star Trek: Voyager.' Roxann remained on the show for 170 episodes and even directed two episodes of the series.
The first 'Star Trek' episode that Roxann directed was titled 'Riddles' and was aired in September 1999. Roxanne initially did not like her look as ‘B’Elanna Torres’ and even cried on seeing the prosthetic layers on her face. However, she eventually got comfortable with it. Her hard work paid off when she received an ‘ALMA Award' in 2001 for her outstanding performance in the series. Roxann has also bagged 3 other 'ALMA' nominations, one ‘NCLR Bravo Award' nomination, and one 'Online Film & Television Association Award' nomination for the same role. Roxann was also seen in the documentary 'Inside the New Adventure: Star Trek – Voyager.'
Meanwhile, Roxanne wrote her second play, 'Passage through the Heart,' in 1997. Staged at the 'University of Minnesota Duluth,' the play was an 'Irene Ryan Scholarship' finalist. The same year, she was seen as ‘Dr. Teresa Puente’ the TV movie 'Foto Novelas: Seeing through Walls,' for which she was honored with an 'ALMA Award.' After her directorial experience in 'Star Trek-Voyager,' Roxann explored her direction skills in several of her upcoming projects. She directed 10 episodes of 'Star Trek: Enterprise' and even provided her voice for an episode.
Roxann’s association with the 'Star Trek' franchise grew further with the 2000-released first-person shooter video game 'Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force' and the 1997 documentary film about devoted 'Star Trek' fans 'Trekkies.' Roxann debuted as an author with the science-fiction novel trilogy ‘Entering Tenebrea' (2000), 'Tenebrea's Hope' (2001), and 'Tenebrea Rising' (2001), co-written with Daniel Graham.
Roxann directed three episodes of the 'NBC' science-fiction series 'Heroes' and bagged three nominations ('ALMA,' 'Hugo,' and 'NAACP Image') for her work. In 2007, she became a producer with the 'NBC' crime-drama series 'Crossing Jordan.' After producing 17 episodes of the series, she took up the 'CBS' police-procedural drama 'Cold Case' (41 episodes). Roxann also served as the supervising producer of the 'ABC' political-thriller series 'Scandal.'
The upcoming 2019 Christian drama film 'Breakthrough' will be Roxann’s first feature film as a director. The official trailer of the film received over 30 million "views" within 2 days, which is a record.
Family & Personal Life
Roxann was married to actor Casey Biggs from 1985 to 1987. She then married casting director Eric Dawson in May 1994. The two first met on the sets of 'Nightingales.'
Roxann has two daughters. She gave birth to her first daughter, Emma Rose, on January 16, 1998. Roxann and Eric have also adopted a girl child, Mia Meicai, from China.