About Jeri Ryan
Date and Place of Birth
February 22, 1968
Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Birth Name
Jeri Lynn Zimmerman

5′ 8″ (1,73 m)

Star Sign

Trade Mark
☆ Often plays powerful, authoritative women
☆ Blonde hair and blue eyes
☆ Deep voice

Quick Menu
001. Biography (below)
002. Career
003. Awards List
004. Personal Quotes
005. Trivia
006. Official Twitter
007. Official Instagram
008. Official Facebook
009. Cameo Videos

Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection (2020)

Jeri Lynn Zimmerman was born on February 22, 1968 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany to Sharon and Gerhard Florian “Jerry” Zimmerman. Her mother was a social worker, while her father was a master sergeant in the United States Army. Jeri has one older brother, Mark. She and Mark grew up on military bases around the US, including Kansas, Maryland, Georgia, Texas, and Hawaii. When she was 11 years old, her father retired and they settled down in Paducah, Kentucky. Jeri graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986, attending Northwestern University as a National Merit Scholar. While attending Northwestern, she entered and won a number of beauty pageants, including the 6th Annual Miss Northwestern Alpha Delta Phi Pageant in 1989. That same year, Jeri was chosen as Miss Illinois and competed in the Miss American pageant in 1990, where she was third runner-up, winning the preliminary swimsuit competition and singing the Les Misérables song “On My Own” for her talent. Jeri graduated from Northwestern that year with a Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting full-time.


Jeri made her debut on television as Pam on an episode of Who’s The Boss? in 1991, followed by another in The Flash, as Felicia Kane, Top of the Heap, Nurses and Reasonable Doubts. Still working for the small screen, she also starred in the movie Nightmare in Columbia County in 1991 as Dawn Elizabeth Smith, a film about the recounting of a terrible crime that wrecked a family and galvanized police in South Carolina in the 1980’s. In 1992, Jeri starred alongside Daryl Anderson and Christopher Bradley for the television movie comedy Just Deserts, playing Nicole and would continue making appearances on various shows in 1993 for The Jackie Thomas Show, Matlock as Carrie Locke. Also that year, Jeri would portray Rebecca in the television movie In the Line of Duty: Ambush in Waco, following the events in Waco, Texas about David Koresh and his followers being barricaded in a building, surrounded by police. In 1994 and 1995, she appeared on the the television shows Time Tracks, playing Lauren Sanders, Murder, She Wrote and Charlie Grace.

In 1996, she continued her tv-shows appearances on The Client and the movie Pier 66, where she played Beth Saunders, also starring Michael Weatherly. The next year, Jeri starred on the science fiction series Dark Skies as the extraterrestrial investigator Juliet Stewart. The series only lasted a season, but caught the attention of the sci-fi community, in which she would officially join in her next series. It is with Star Trek: Voyager that Jeri officially entered the Star Trek franchise, which would launch her to fame as Seven of Nine, the Borg separated from her collective who travels with the crew of the ship back to their home and in the meantime, while working on the ship like any other officer, she learns about humans, about emotions, friends and social life of humanoids.

Star Trek: Voyager

In 1998, she started on the big screen in the feature film Men Cry Bullets, a comedic drama in which she played Lydia. The movie revolves around a drag queen named Billy who ends up in an abusive relationship and later an eerie love triangle with a demented young woman. Later, Jeri went back to television for The Sentinal, as Alexis Barnes, in a two-part episode, followed by voicing the character Seven of Nine Alarm Clock on Dilbert in 1999. The next year began with the release of the film The Last Man, a comedy co-starring David Arnett, where she played Sarah. Jeri next was a guest of Larry King in the Bruce Willis film The Kid before portraying Valerie Sharpe in Wes Craven’s fantasy horror film Dracula 2000, which also starred Gerard Butler. After the end of Star Trek: Voyager, she joined the comedic drama series Boston Public, playing the role of Veronica Cooke, a character specifically written for her.

Jeri’s next film would come in 2003 in the romantic comedy Down with Love, starring Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger, playing Gwendolyn. The film revolved around love blossoming between a playboy journalist and feminist advice author in 1962 New York City. The next year, she played Gillian Owens in the television movie Sadbury, also starring Kat Dennings, before her first of three episode stint on the sitcom Two and a Half Men as Sherri.

The O.C.

In 2005, Jeri had a recurring role on third season of The O.C., playing Charlotte Morgan; and would next take the role of Anne in the television movie The Commuters, starring David Arquette. 2006 started with a two-episode appearance as Courtney Reese on Boston Legal, before her next recurring roles on the crime drama Shark, playing LA County District Attorney Jessica Devlin and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit would be her next recurring role, as Patrice La Rue. Later, she joined the series Leverage for eight episodes as Tara Cole/Carlisle and lent her voice for a video game in 2010, always as Seven of Nine, for Star Trek Online. She next appeared on the television show Psych as Dr. Kimberly Phoenix and in 2010, on the short film Mortal Combat: Rebirth, on the television movie Secrets in the Walls and on Dead Lines; in 2011, she reprised her role of Sonya Blade for a two-part episode of the television series Mortal Kombat: Legacy. That same year she also appeared on the television shows Law & Order: Criminal Intent, as Naomi Halloran, and Warehouse 13, as Marine Major Amanda Lattimer, and voiced the characters of Sally Williams and Rachel on Robot Chicken. Before the end of the year, Jeri joined the series Body of Proof as a regular, in the shoes of Kate Murphy, starring Dana Delany.

Body of Proof

In 2014, she lent her voice for the video game Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff, reprising her role as Seven of Nine, before joining the mystery drama Helix for five episodes as Constance Sutton and ‘Ilaria Fresh’ Narrator. Jeri also appeared in a few episodes of Major Crimes as Linda Rothman, a tenacious lawyer, who has a tendency to defend morally-questionable clients and often clashing with the LAPD and especially Sharon Raydor, played by Mary McDonnell. Leaving the role of a lawyer, she stepped into the shoes of Rebecca Gibbs (née Chase), the protagonist second ex-wife, in an episode of NCIS in 2015, followed by an episode of Arrow okaying Jessica Danforth.

Against The Wild 2

The next year, Jeri portrayed the role of Jennifer Croft for the adventure film Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti, following the adventures of two kids and their dog surviving the African bush after a plane crash. She also had a recurring role as Veronica Allen on the television series Bosch, starring Tirus Welliver and Jamie Hector and played Celina Canter in the television movie Suspicion in 2018, a film about a man being forced to become an FBI informant after making a bad deal with his wealthy neighbor. Her next film came by playing Susan in the horror Devil’s Revenge, also starring Star Trek alumni William Shatner.

Star Trek: Picard

During the panel for Star Trek: Picard of the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, fans were surprised with a “guest appearance” of some actors from the franchise past shows, among which was Jeri, announcing she would reprise her role of Seven of Nine for the new series. The show sees a great coming back of one of the most famous Starfleet captains Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart), who is now a retired admiral aiming to find the truth about some of the most haunting facts of his life. The series premiere in 2020.
After completing her work for the first season of Picard, she joined the television show MacGyver as Gwendolyn Hayes for a three-episodes arc. In a tweet from last December, she confirmed the second season of Star Trek: Picard pushed its production to February (due to Covid pandemic and being shot in Southern California), while she had already confirmed in a panel video she was set to return as the iconic Seven of Nine again.

Jeri currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband, french chef Christophe Émé, and her two children: Alex Ryan, born in 1994 from her first marriage, and Giséle Lynn Émé, born in 2008.

This is an exclusive biography written by Jen for I Heart Jeri Ryan. You are NOT allowed to post it anywhere else.