Marina Sirtis — Counselor Deanna Troi on the iconic sci-fi Television show “Star Trek: The Next Generation” — delights fans at the 2018 Toronto ComiCon by discussing the knighting of Sir Patrick Stewart and revealing what it was like to meet Prince Charles.
Marina Sirtis (born March 29th, 1955) is a British-American actress. She is best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and the four feature films that followed, as well as other appearances in the Star Trek franchise. In 1986, Sirtis relocated to the United States. When casting Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gene Roddenberry was inspired to ask the exotic-looking Sirtis to audition for a role after seeing the film Aliens with Bob Justman, which featured the prominent Latina character Vasquez, played by Jenette Goldstein. Sirtis and Denise Crosby initially tried out for each other’s eventual roles on The Next Generation. Sirtis’ character was going to be named Lt. Macha Hernandez, the Security Chief. Gene Roddenberry decided to switch them, and Macha Hernandez became Tasha Yar. Sirtis recalls that on the day she received the call offering her the role of Troi, she was actually packing to return to Britain, because her six-month visa had expired.