|Birthday:||January 30, 1963|
|Birthplace:||Long Beach, California|
Daphne Ashbrook was raised in the San Diego, CA area. Her parents are San Diego theatre actress D'Ann Paton and late actor/Director Buddy Ashbrook. Her siblings are actor Dana Ashbrook and director Taylor Ashbrook.
In 1988, Ashbrook had a daughter, Paton (Peyton) Lee Ashbrook, with former boyfriend Lorenzo Lamas. Paton is also an actress.
Known for both her comic timing and deep emotional portrayals, she has appeared in many television and film roles including Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (as the titular character in "Melora") and the Doctor Who telemovie, in which she played the role of Doctor Grace Holloway. Her portrayal as Grace in Doctor Who caused consternation among some of that show's fans because she was the first character to romantically kiss the Doctor, setting a precedent for the more sexually charged nature of the new Doctor Who series that began in 2005.
A 2004 trip to the United Kingdom was filmed for the 2005 documentary Daphne Ashbrook in the UK. This DVD documentary followed her work with Doctor Who, including her role as Perfection in the Big Finish Productions audio play The Next Life. She performed opposite Paul McGann for first time since the 1996 telemovie. In 2006, she played Charlotte Howell in the audio drama Dark Shadows: The Book of Temptation for the same company. She has been to the UK twice thus far for Doctor Who convention events. She was featured in extensive interviews on the Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: DWO Whocast and Doctor Who podcast Doctor Who: Podshock. Additionally, she featured in other Doctor Who podcasts including "The Happiness Patrol".
She was notable as being one of only ten actors—and the only woman—to be credited in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises until the appearance of Nana Visitor on Torchwood: Miracle Day in 2011, 15 years later.
Her past TV and film work includes Cold Case, CSI, Crossing Jordan, JAG, Murder She Wrote, Judging Amy, acclaimed mini series Intruders with Richard Crenna, Guardian, a recurring role on The O.C. and a lead role in the police drama Family Honor with Ray Liotta and Eli Wallach. Her recent roles include a part in David Ondaatje's 2009 motion picture The Lodger starring Alfred Molina, Shane West, Simon Baker and Hope Davis, and guest starring roles in NCIS reuniting with Charlie Grace star Mark Harmon, The Ghost Whisperer, with Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Without a Trace with Anthony LaPaglia and Steven Weber. She guest starred as a dancer visiting from (the former) Czechoslavakia in the third season of Fame.
In 2010 she released her first music CD, Grace Notes on Dharmapala Records to very positive reviews. The songs range from Roots to Jazz and are mostly covers from some of her favorite singer/songwriters, such as Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin. She has performed music from the CD at various conventions and other events. The webpage for the CD is www.DharmapalaRecords.com/Grace-notes.html.
Hirst Publishing, a UK-based publishing house, has announced it will be releasing a memoir by Ashbrook, Dead Woman Laughing (An actor's take from both sides of the camera) being printed by the boys at Berforts, at the beginning of 2012. It will detail her life as an actor and her experience growing up in an acting family.