2016 is one more year in which we are treated to another Star Trek movie. Star Trek fans everywhere were highly anticipating the release of Star Trek Beyond just this month. It is currently in theaters, and all the rage at the moment. So why not take a look at a few of the many talented men and women who have portrayed the sometimes out-there-looking characters of this extremely successful franchise? These stars, in particular, are people who are sexy off screen. Sometimes that may be hard to discern when they are in character, with the space cadet costumes and wild makeup, though just as often it seems that those same space cadet costumes (tight, tight, tight!) accentuate exactly why the people wearing them are on this list to begin with.
Some of the Star Trek characters' costumes make them unsexy, some show off their sexiness, and some are kind of in the middle. Just so there is no confusion, this list will clarify what the stars of Star Trek look like in real life and then you can decide for yourself who is hot and who is not (but don't worry, there are no "nots" on this list!).
Whether they were in the very first Star Trek episode to ever air back in 1966, or they just made their Star Trek debut this month, the following 16 actors and actresses are stunning in person, while they may or may not be in the movies and television shows that have been so beloved by so many over the past six decades.
16 Zoe Saldana - Nyota Uhura
Before being cast as Nyota Uhura in the 2009 film Star Trek, Zoe Saldana had not even seen the original series from 1966! But to prepare for her role, she met with the woman who had portrayed the character on the original series, Nichelle Nichols. A self-proclaimed sci-fi geek who “just happens to dress nice”, Zoe enjoys playing strong women, as she so often does, for example with all of her roles in Center Stage, Avatar, Colombiana, and Guardians of the Galaxy. In fact, that is part of the reason Uhura’s character appealed to her; in an interview, she said she was looking forward to evolving her into a stronger, “kick-ass” lady in future Star Trek sequels. For this latest Star Trek movie, Zoe had to return to work to begin filming after seven months of not working since she gave birth to her twins, Cy and Bowie. She looks pretty good to me!
15 Alice Eve
British blonde bombshell Alice Eve played Carol Marcus in the 2013 film Star Trek: Into the Darkness. The character of Carol is the daughter of Admiral Alexander Marcus, and a science officer specializing in advanced weaponry for the mission to Klingon territory. Though she hails from London and acted in various films there prior to coming to the States, Alice’s first big movie was Sex and the City 2, in which she portrayed Charlotte York’s hot Irish nanny. It was a small part, but it gained her recognition here. The previous year she had made her first American movie, Crossing Over (2009). Interestingly, before switching to American cinema, Alice appeared in the 2006 film Big Nothing, alongside Simon Pegg, who was also in Star Trek with her (and is in the new one, too, though he is not on this list because, well, you know). She is also good friends with another Star Trek: Into the Darkness costar, and fellow Brit, Benedict Cumberbatch. Which brings me to…
14 Benedict Cumberbatch
Handsome devil Benedict Cumberbatch is difficult to see as unattractive, even in character for Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013). He is famous for many things, and one of those things is his portrayal of Khan Noonien Singh (he also voiced another character named Khan, the tiger Shere Khan in the 2018 film The Jungle Book!). Outside of the Star Trek franchise, he has several other connections to his castmates, for example he played Stephen Hawking in the 2004 television movie Hawking, and Stephen Hawking, himself, was in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Additionally, he shares the role of Sherlock Holmes with both Leonard Nimoy and Christopher Plummer. And the list goes on. Benedict says of Khan, “I don't really believe in good and evil. I don't really believe in heroes and villains. His reasons for what he does are quite profoundly persuasive. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter, and the fact that he's a shadow self of Kirk - same coin, different sides - is what makes him interesting to play.”
13 Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder is known in the Star Trek world as the character of Amanda Grayson, originally a school teacher who is also the human mother of Spock and the wife of Vulcan Ambassador Sarek. Winona has acted in a ridiculous amount of movies (and successful ones at that), so I will not even attempt to list them all. I myself knew her first as Jo March in Little Women, and to me that is who she will always be. But she has portrayed dozens and dozens of different people throughout her long career, though she always seems to have the same look about her, does she not? Her screen time in Star Trek was undoubtedly limited, but in the year Star Trek was released, Paramount Pictures’ website featured one of Winona’s performances as Amanda Grayson for award season. Perhaps they were trying to make up for the fact that originally, the opening scene of the whole film was Amanda and her newly-born child, Spock, but it was cut and replaced with a more action-packed scene. I think things turned out fine for Winona, though.
12 Sofia Boutella
Algerian-born beauty Sofia Boutella is relatively new to the Hollywood scene, so if you don’t know who she is, that is why. Her acting resume is short because she was first and foremost a dancer, but it includes movies like Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), and Street Dance 2 (2012). Now, she will also be known for this year’s Star Trek Beyond. She plays the character of Jaylah, a survivor of an attack by Krall. Jaylah then lived in the starship USS Franklin for years before helping the USS Enterprise to defeat Krall. Unlike some of the other characters in the movie, Sofia is the first to ever play this character, as it is not one that has been a part of the story until now. When she auditioned for the role, Sofia did not even know what movie it was for, and had never even seen a Star Trek movie. She found the hardest part about playing Jaylah was the makeup. “I spent four hours in makeup every morning. There were days when I’d wake up at 12:30 AM to get makeup before a morning shoot. It’s a long but fun process.” Well, that’s dedication! And while she looks stunning even in character, Sofia is definitely hot just being her natural self.
11 Lydia Wilson
In Star Trek Beyond, Lydia Wilson plays Kalara (formerly known as Jessica Wolff), a mutilated human officer marooned on the planet Altamed in the 2160’s. Another Hollywood transplant from our friends across the Atlantic, Lydia started out as an actress and singer in England. She has several small roles under her belt, but is best known for the movies Never Let Me Go (2010), Any Human Heart (2010), About Time (2013), and now, Star Trek Beyond. With her long brunette waves and dimpled smile, she is often compared to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. I can see it. And it shows that she must indeed be hot in real life, because Kate is gorgeous. Like Sofia, Lydia also spent hours in makeup, and she spent most of her screen time with the late Anton Yelchin, who she says is a “beautiful, beautiful man.” Well, I say that Lydia is a beautiful, beautiful woman, and one that we may be seeing more of after her role in this latest Star Trek film.
10 Terry Farrell
She may be 52 years young now, but Terry Farrell is still looking good, just like she did in her youth when she played Lieutenant Commander Jadzia Dax, a joint Trill and Starfleet science officer who served on the space station Deep Space Nine. It was a leading role in the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, one of her first, and one she played for six seasons beginning in 1993. Her other television success was on the sitcom Becker, when she played Reggie from 1998-2002. She also had several smaller roles on TV, and did some films, as well, but her biggest role was always Jadzia Dax. She said, "I begged the producers not to kill me. They thought I was just being this neurotic little actress hoping to have a part to come back to, but I really meant it. I didn't want to see six great years end that way." Alas, Jadzia was killed anyway, and Terry was forced to move on. Now she has given up acting altogether to focus on her family.
9 Majel Barrett
Majel Barrett’s nickname is “The First Lady of Star Trek”. She is one of only 32 actors and actresses to have starred in both the original Star Trek (1966), and then in one or more of the spin-offs, and the only one to appear in all five of the live-action Star Trek series. She and Leonard Nimoy are the only two actors to have appeared on Star Trek every decade from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. Shortly before her death, she completed voice-over work for JJ Abrams’ Star Trek (2009). She is known as the computer voice on the Star Trek television series and films. Her Star Trek roles include Nurse Christine Chapel, Lwaxana Troi, Amanda Grayson (on the animated series) and of course, Enterprise Computer (and other various computers). Her face, especially in the photo on the right, is almost iconic of the Star Trek franchise, but it is easy to see that in her real life, Majel was every bit as beautiful.
8 Zachary Quinto
Zachary Quinto was cast as Spock in what would become his first main film role in 2009. While playing Leonard Nimoy’s character in the hugely successful remake, Zachary actually became good friends with him. He is also very close with his Star Trek costars Karl Urban and Chris Pine, as well as with his Heroes costars Milo Ventimiglia and Kristen Bell. Though he is known for playing the anti-hero (like serial killer Sylar from Heroes, for example), it seems as if Zachary has plenty of pals in real life! And his brooding, serious, almost-evil look is actually quite appealing, in a dark, smoldering sort of way. It works for him, both on and off set (but mostly off, because of that hair!). He says of his character, “I have a dualistic self. There are two sides of my personality: one is outgoing and gregarious; the other is introspective and thoughtful. I am an intellectually-minded person and also very compassionate, which are qualities Spock possesses as well.” It sounds like besides being hot, Zachary is quite the guy in many respects.
7 Rachel Nichols
The character of Gaila in the 2009 Star Trek film was played by actress and model Rachel Nichols. Gaila is a cadet at the Starfleet Academy in the alternate reality, and shares accommodations with Uhuru (Zoe Saldana), who thinks she brings too many men back to their room. Rachel has either starred in or appeared in numerous projects that her Star Trek costars were also involved with, such as Continuum, Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider, The Amityville Horror, Charlie Wilson’s War, Conan the Barbarian, Resurrecting the Champ, Autumn in New York, and her first-ever role, an appearance on an episode of Sex and the City. And I could go on and on, because the connections are surprisingly endless. Hollywood is a small world, I suppose. But even though in the movie Gaila has green skin and red hair, Rachel makes her shine anyway, and in real life, her beauty is even more obvious. In fact, she was once ranked #28 on Maxim’s annual Hot 100 Women list.
6 John Cho
John Cho played the sought-after role of Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, and Star Trek Beyond. Hikaru Sulu is a human Starfleet officer in the 23rd century. John is best known, though, for playing John in the American Pie films and playing Harold in the comedies Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay, and A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas. I think it is safe to say that this actor definitely branches out in terms of what kind of films he does. But comedy prevails when it comes to his repertoire (Identity Thief, for example), with some action (Total Recall), drama/mystery (Flash Forward) and sci-fi/fantasy (Sleepy Hollow) mixed in. Quite the versatile actor, he is. And maybe it is just because I have such a huge crush on another Korean actor, Daniel Dae Kim from LOST, but I think John Cho is very handsome!
5 Karl Urban
New Zealand native Karl Urban played Bones (Doctor Leonard McCoy) in Star Trek, Star Trek: Into the Darkness, Star Trek Beyond, and the Star Trek video game. Bones is a Starfleet medical officer in the 23rd century. He became the Chief Medical Officer of the USS Enterprise during the destruction of Vulcan. Karl, who in my opinion has an attractive pout both in real life and no matter his character, was a huge Star Trek fan long before ever being cast as the doctor, so it was like a dream come true for him. His accent in Star Trek was reportedly so reminiscent of DeForest Kelley (who played the role of Dr. McCoy in the original series and films) that it moved Leonard Nimoy to tears. A few of Karl’s noteworthy film and television roles (there are too many to list) are in Hercules: The Legendary Journey, Xena: Warrior Princess, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Ghost Ship, The Chronicles of Riddick, The Bourne Supremacy, Comanche Moon, Dredd, Almost Human, and The Loft.
4 Kate Mulgrew
Lately, Kate Mulgrew is widely recognized for her portrayal of Galina “Red” Reznikoff on the hugely successful Netflix Original Series Orange is the New Black. But long before that role, Kate found success on the television series Star Trek: Voyager, from 1995-2001, and on Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). In both, she played Captain Kathryn Janeway, also known as Admiral Janeway. She was a 24th century Starfleet officer best known for being captain of the starship USS Voyager. Before that, Kate was famous mostly for playing Mary Ryan on the soap opera Ryan’s Hope, though she has many, many titles to her name. She was originally turned down for the role of Kathryn Janeway, but the actress they chose backed out, so she auditioned again and won the role. She says about her character, “I'm proud of it. It was difficult. It was hard work. I'm proud of the work because I think I made some little difference in women in science. I grew to really love Captain Janeway.” Obviously, Kate was quite a looker (sexy, even!) in her prime both in and out of costume, and now in her older years she retains her beauty, too.
3 Jennifer Morrison
Jennifer Morrison became widely known when she portrayed Dr. Allison Cameron on the show House, and since leaving the show, her career has only continued to progress. She has had recurring or lead roles on the shows Once Upon a Time and How I Met Your Mother, and been in several films as well, including Star Trek in 2009. Her voice was also used in Star Trek: Into the Darkness in 2013. She played the mother of James T. Kirk, Winona Kirk, who was also the wife of Starfleet officer George Kirk. Late in her pregnancy, they were on the USS Kelvin when it fell under attack and she had to escape while in labor. Of acting, she said, “I love acting because you don't have to do the same thing over and over again, every day, and that's what attracted me to wanting to do this for a living. So to be given an opportunity to create something completely different and live that out is the dream. It's incredibly rewarding.” Jennifer is clearly hot, and it doesn't matter which character she is playing at the moment (even a mother giving birth!) because she still looks pretty. She has played characters with blonde, red, black, and brown hair and manages to wow audiences in any shade, which is a tough feat since most people look better with one color or another (she is a natural blonde).
2 Chris Pine
Now here is a man who is an obvious pick, because women love Chris Pine. He is our last pick for the ladies on this list, but even men cannot deny his good looks. Along with the aforementioned John Cho, Chris has been in the three most recent Star Trek films, as Captain James T. Kirk, and he will reprise that role a fourth time in the next Star Trek film, which is at the moment untitled but has been announced, according to imdb.com. So let’s be honest: Chris Pine could not look anything other than delicious even if he tried, and though in his Kirk costume he is not as outwardly “hot”, he still just is, in a pretty boy kind of way. It was this role of Kirk in the 2009 remake, in fact, that led Chris into international fame. He had made plenty of films before (his first-ever was The Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement!), but it is because of Star Trek that he is now famous worldwide. He has come a long way from his days of The Princess Diaries and Just My Luck (a silly, teen Lindsay Lohan movie). Hey, ya gotta start somewhere! Now 35, age has only been good to him.
1 Marina Sirtis
Marina Sirtis moved from her home in London to Los Angeles for six months to pursue her acting dream, and was about to give up and go home when she landed the role of Counselor Deanna Troi in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), which lasted for seven years. She then reprised the role in Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). She literally was minutes away from boarding the plane home to England when she learned she got the role that she thought she had auditioned so poorly for. And all of her success followed this big break. Marina is a beautiful woman on and off the screen, and even now at age 61, she dazzles. Some women never lose their good looks no matter how old they get. Maybe she was hotter back then, but beauty has nothing to do with “hotness”. Marina says of Star Trek and hotness, “I was originally cast to be the brains of the Enterprise. Somehow, I became The Chick. There's a little ugly girl inside of me going 'Yay! I'm a sex symbol!'"