Los Angeles, CA
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 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. Though Nana Visitor had a small role on Torchwood: Miracle Day in 2011, both Daphne's roles were 'leads', so she still holds that particular precedent.
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. She is currently (2012) starring in the new Nickelodeon night time soap Hollywood Heights as Chloe Carter (Melissa Ordway) mom, Jackie.
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. The CD was produced by composer/multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli. She has performed music from the CD at various conventions and other events.
In 2012 Ashbrook released a memoir Dead Woman Laughing (An actor's take from both sides of the camera). It details her life as an actor and her experience growing up in an acting family. The book has received very good reviews and Ashbrook will be promoting it throughout 2013 at various public appearances including conventions.
Convention Guest Appearances
- (Re)Generation Who 2019 - March 29-31, 2019 in Rockville, MD 2017
- Film & Comic Con Newcastle 2017 - October 21-22, 2017 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
- Film & Comic Con Exeter 2017 - October 14-15, 2017 in Exeter, UK
- Fandomfest 2017 - July 28-30, 2017 in Louisville, KY
- The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise 2017 - July 15-23, 2017 in Departing from Port Canaveral, FL
- Sci-Fi Weekender 2017 - March 30 - April 2, 2017 in Pwllheli, Wales, UK
- MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2017 - March 18-19, 2017 in Birmingham, UK
- Gallifrey One 2017 - February 17-19, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA 2016
- L.I. Who 2016 - November 11-13, 2016 in Hauppauge, NY
- San Diego Who Con 2016 - September 30 - October 2, 2016 in San Diego, CA
- Geekinomicon: Oklahoma City 2016 - September 2-4, 2016 in Oklahoma City, OK
- Utopia 2016 - June 10-12, 2016 in North Leigh, Witney, UK 2015
- L.I. Who 2015 - November 13-15, 2015 in Hauppauge, NY
- Time Eddy Doctor Who Convention 2015 - October 2-4, 2015 in Wichita, KS
- Gallifrey One 2015 - February 13-15, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA 2014
- Long Island Doctor Who 2014 - November 7-9, 2014 in Ronkonkoma, NY 2013
- Chicago TARDIS 2013 - November 29 - December 1, 2013 in Lombard, IL
- MCM Birmingham Comic Con 2013 - November 23-24, 2013 in Birmingham, UK
- Doctor Who 50th Celebration 2013 - November 22-24, 2013 in London, UK
- Long Island Doctor Who 2013 - November 8-10, 2013 in Ronkonkoma, NY
- Hurricane Who 2013 - November 1-3, 2013 in Orlando, FL
- Denver Comic Con 2013 - May 31 - June 2, 2013 in Denver, CO
- Planet Comicon Kansas City 2013 - April 6-7, 2013 in Kansas City, MO
- Gallifrey One 2013 - February 15-17, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA 2012
- I-Con 2012 - March 30 - April 1, 2012 in Stony Brook, NY
- Gallifrey One 2012 - February 17-19, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA 2011
- Gallifrey One 2011 - February 18-20, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA 2010
- Gallifrey One 2010 - February 26-28, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA 2009
- Chicago TARDIS 2009 - November 27-29, 2009 in Lombard, IL
- Gallifrey One 2009 - February 13-15, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA 2008
- Gallifrey One 2008 - February 15-17, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA 2007
- Chibi Chibi Con 2007 - March 17-18, 2007 in Olympia, WA 1999
- Gallifrey One 1999 - February 12-15, 1999 in Van Nuys, CA
33 confirmed guest appearances