as MOIRA QUEEN
Susanna Thompson stars as Moira Queen, the matriarch of the Queen family who presents the perfect public face of a loving wife and mother, but behind the mask, she is truly a mystery to her family and everyone around her.
From her first leading role on “Once & Again” to her recent role on the evocative “Kings,” Thompson brings authenticity and integrity to her outstanding body of work. Performing with some of the film industry’s biggest stars, Thompson’s featured roles include the supernatural feature “Dragonfly,” with Kevin Costner, Rob Reiner’s “Ghosts of Mississippi,” with Alec Baldwin, and Sydney Pollock’s “Random Hearts,” with Harrison Ford. Recent features include the independents “American Pastime” and “The Ballad of Jack & Rose,” with Daniel Day-Lewis.
Thompson credits “Once and Again” producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for introducing her to high television standards. Repeatedly a critic’s favorite, she excelled as a leading lady in “Kings,” opposite Ian McShane; in “Book of Daniel,” opposite Aidan Quinn; and on “Once and Again” and alongside Tom Skerritt in the TBS remake of “High Noon”.
Thompson’s career is punctuated, as well, with strong standout television performances in recurring roles on “NCIS,” “Cold Case” and “Without a Trace.” She has also created memorable guest appearances on series such as “CSI,” “Law and Order” and “NYPD Blue,” and has built a large sci-fi fan base from “Star Trek’s Next Generation” and “Deep Space Nine,” as well as “Star Trek Voyager,” in which she played the Borg Queen.
Inspired by her mother’s love of movies and encouraged by teachers to participate in high school and community theatre, she won a drama scholarship and earned a degree at San Diego State University, where she enjoyed the unique honor of working with Tony award-winning playwright, Tom Stoppard, as well as long-time mentor, Mack Owen.
After graduation, Thompson helped facilitate the founding of the San Diego Actors Alliance. She shined in regional theater productions of “Hay Fever,” “The Real Thing” and “Three Sisters” and began to garner honors for her performances: a Best Actress nomination by the San Diego Critics Circle for the title role in “Agnes of God” and an L.A. Drama Logue award for her lead as Raisa in “A Shayna Maidel.” Continuing her love of live theatre and storytelling, she has more recently performed several times for Symphony Space’s “Selected Shorts” on National Public Radio.
A firm believer that the personal can impact the global, Thompson is deeply committed to causes that support women and children, that protect the planet (including food and water sources) and those that encourage spiritual growth. She helped co-found “Peace Flags by Kids” and served for five years as a board member for the Hoffman Institute, a personal enrichment process that she continues to admire and support.