Remembering Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes, known to Star Trek fans for playing Nella Daren in Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Lessons, has died at the age of 61.

In the episode she played Captain Picard’s love interest, Lt. Commander Nella Daren, sharing a memorable music recital scene in the Jeffries tube.

Her TNG episode was just one credit in a long and successful career that spanned from the stage to television to features, and included My Brilliant Career, Careful, He Might Hear You and State Coroner, as well as The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and, in 2012, a Sydney Theater Company production of Pygmalion that cast her as Mrs. Higgins.

Hughes succumbed to cancer in Sydney, with actor Bryan Brown breaking the news to the audience at a Sydney Theatre Company Travelling North show and leading the audience to honor her with a standing ovation. The actress leaves behind a daughter, Charlotte, and a son, Jay.

James Roberts

Author: James Roberts

Trekkie as long as I can remember, PhD in quantum mechanics and passing the Trek onto ‘the next generation’ (i.e. my 4 kids). Despite a lot of effort – I have yet to convert the wife.

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  1. Of all the Trek Relationship this felt the most real. Probably because it lasted an episode!! However the combination of writing and acting worked really well.

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