01-26 Happy birthday to Cyia Batten, Born: January 26, 1972.
Cyia Batten has played three different roles on three Star Trek series and was the first of three actresses to play Tora Ziyal, Gul Dukat’s daughter, appearing twice in DS9’s fourth season.
Batten made her acting debut in the sexually-themed anthology series Red Shoe Diaries in “Tears” (1995) with Carolyn Seymour. That year also found Batten in W.E.I.R.D. World with Scott Nimerfro, Gina Ravarra and Clayton Rohner. Batten made the telefilm Marshall Law (1996) with Geoffrey Blake. Another telefilm followed, Sins of the Mind with Louise Fletcher and Robert Pine. Batten next joined several Trek alumni in 1998’s Senseless where she starred along with Ivar Brogger, Brad Dourif, Alexander Enberg, Jenette Goldstein, Manu Intiraymi and Richard McGonagle. Batten’s next film was Black & White (1999) with Seymour Cassel, Kamala Dawson and Boris Lee Krutonog.
In 2001, Batten was seen in the comedy Bubble Boy with Brian George and John Carroll Lynch. Batten maintained a comedy trend with The Sweetest Thing with Loren Lester in 2002. Batten next filmed the straight-to-video American Crime in 2004 with Wade Andrew Williams. Drama segued into horror when Batten appeared in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:The Beginning with Tim de Zarn and John Larroquette in 2006. In 2007, she was in the military biopic Charlie Wilson’s War alongside Ron Fassler, Spencer Garrett, Pasha Lychnikoff, Brian Markinson and J. Patrick McCormack. Batten finished 2007 with the telefilm Suspect with Star Trek: Enterprise actor John Billingsley.
Batten has made guest appearances in episodes of all three shows in the CSI franchise. She appeared in the 2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode “A Night At The Movies” with Wallace Langham, the 2005 CSI: New York episode “Tanglewood” with Marco Sanchez, Irene Tsu as well as an uncredited Morgan Margolis, and the 2006 episode of CSI: Miami episode “Death Pool 100” with Mark Rolston and Michael Buchman Silver.
Batten is also an original member of the burlesque singing group The Pussycat Dolls.
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