The undeniably beautiful Jeri Lynn Ryan (born Jeri Lynn Zimmermann; February 22, 1968) is an American actress best known for her role as the Borg drone, Seven of Nine, in Star Trek: Voyager, for which she was nominated four times for a Saturn Award and won in 2001.
Ryan was born in Munich, Germany, the daughter of Gerhard Florian ‘Jerry’ Zimmermann, a master sergeant in the United States Army, and his wife Sharon, a social worker. She has one older brother, Mark. As a military brat, Ryan grew up on Army posts in Kansas, Maryland, Hawaii, Georgia and Texas.
Ryan is also known for her role as Veronica Ronnie Cooke on Boston Public (2001–2004). She was a regular on the science fiction series Dark Skies (1997) and the legal drama series Shark (2006–2008). In 2009 she guest starred on the series Leverage as Tara Cole. From 2011 to 2013, she starred as Dr. Kate Murphy in the ABC drama series Body of Proof. In 2016, she began appearing as Veronica Allen on the Amazon Prime series Bosch.
When she was 11, her father retired from the Army and the family settled in Paducah, Kentucky. She graduated from Lone Oak High School in 1986 (as a National Merit Scholar) and then attended Northwestern University, where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. She graduated from Northwestern in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre.
In 1989 Ryan was chosen as Miss Illinois. She competed in the Miss America 1990 pageant, where she finished as 3rd runner-up, also winning a preliminary swimsuit competition.
Seven of Nine (born Annika Hansen) is a fictional character introduced in the series Star Trek: Voyager. Portrayed by Jeri Ryan, she is a former Borg drone who joins the crew of the Federation Starship Voyager.
Her full Borg designation is Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero One was known to her fellow Borg, but after joining the Voyager crew she chose to continue to be called Seven of Nine, though she accepted the shortened Seven to be used informally.
Seven of Nine was introduced in the fourth season premiere, Scorpion, Part II. The character replaced Kes in the main cast and was intended to introduce a foil to Captain Kathryn Janeway in a similar manner as Spock did to Kirk in Star Trek: The Original Series.
Seven was featured in many episodes despite coming later to the series. The character appeared throughout up to the final episode, Endgame. Stories related to her relationship with Captain Janeway and with The Doctor appeared during the series.
Several episodes, such as The Raven, explored her background and earlier life as Annika Hansen before she was assimilated by the Borg. Her romantic life is a mystery due to her Borg emotional restrictions; she does proposition Harry Kim, but he turns her down. Later, with the Doctor's assistance, she tries dating other members of the crew unsuccessfully.
She later explores intimate relationships with a hologram of Chakotay. Finally, in Endgame she is involved in a short-lived romantic relationship with Chakotay which includes at least three dates and a first kiss before she alters the relationship's parameters after learning that she will die in an away mission if Voyager continues it long journey in the current timeline. In a future timeline Seven and Chakotay are married.
Seven of Nine, will once again reprise her role appearing in the upcoming series Star Trek: Picard.