Jennifer Ann Lien
August 24, 1974
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
1990 - 2002; 2008
Jennifer Ann Lien (born August 24, 1974) is an American actress, voice artist, and comedienne, best known for playing Kes during the first 3 seasons of Star Trek: Voyager. She is the voice of Vitani in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride.
Lien was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of three children. At the age of 13, she joined the Illinois Theater Center, where she performed in productions of William Shakespeare's The Tempest and Othello, among others. At 16, she decided to pursue an acting career in New York, ultimately landing the role of Hannah Moore on the soap opera Another World during the 1991-92 TV season (the character returned to the show in 1998, but was played by Blakley Braniff).
During the 1993-94 season, Lien was a regular on a sitcom called Phenom. In 1993, she appeared on Adam Sandler's debut comedy album, They're All Gonna Laugh at You, on two tracks. In 1994, she lent her voice to a character in the pilot episode of The Critic before being cast for the role of Kes on Star Trek: Voyager. Although most of her time was spent on Voyager, she continued to supply her voice to various animated shows, including Duckman and Superman.
After leaving Voyager in 1997, Lien began lending her voice to Agent Elle (L) on Men in Black: The Series, leaving the show in 2000. Lien made her film debut in the cult 1998 comedy SLC Punk!. That same year, she was seen in the acclaimed American History X. Lien also voiced Vitani in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Ironically, Andy Dick, Michelle Horn, and Jason Marsden also provided roles on Star Trek-related projects. Since then, Lien has appeared in Rubbernecking, and was a producer of the short-lived animated science fiction series Battle Force: Andromeda. Lien also lent her voice to this series.
Lien is married to writer and filmmaker Phil Hwang; their first child, Jonah, was born on September 5, 2002. Since the birth of her son, Lien has retired from acting and voice-over work; however, she was credited as executive producer on her husband's comedy film entitled Geek Mythology (2008).
Following the completion of her studies, she intends to work as a nutritionist.