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Beverly Leech (born 23 May 1959; age 57) is the actress who played Dayla, a female Kraylor, in the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Nightingale". She also voiced the character Yraxys in the 2001 video game Star Trek: Away Team.
Leech was born as Beverly Ann Leech in Paris, Texas. She was discovered by a talent scout and became a semi-finalist on the second season of the talent show Star Search in the category actor/actress in 1984-1985. Since 1999, she has been married to actor and writer Christian J. Meoli. Leech has a daughter from a previous marriage. She studied stage acting under the famous acting coach Stella Adler and is well known for her extensive resume of stage plays.
In 1988 she played Bianca Torres, a recurring character, in the soap Days of Our Lives and between 1987 and 1990 she portrayed Sergeant Kate Monday in several episodes of the crime/comedy series Mathnet.
Leech has guest-starred in several television series such as Sledge Hammer (two episodes in 1987, alongside Patti Tippo and Nicholas Guest, and directed by Reza Badiyi in one), Matlock (1987, with Eric Menyuk and Michael Rider), Alien Nation (1990, directed by David Carson in an episode which featured Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Ron Fassler, Kim Braden, Bob Minor, David Selburg, and Armin Shimerman), Quantum Leap (1990, starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell, and with James Harper and J.G. Hertzler), Love & War (1993, with series regulars Michael Nouri and Suzie Plakson), as Elizabeth Sheridan in the Babylon 5 episode Revelations (1994, with Bill Mumy, Mary Kay Adams, Andreas Katsulas, Julie Caitlin Brown, David L. Crowley, Robert Rusler, and Beth Toussaint), Frasier (1997, with Kelsey Grammer and Cyndi Pass), The District (2000, with Michelle Forbes, Gina Hecht, and produced by Hans Beimler), JAG (2001, with David Carpenter, Paul Collins, Gary Graham, and William Wellman, Jr.), Six Feet Under (2002, with Robert Foxworth, Joanna Cassidy, Art Chudabala, Ed O'Ross, and Kellie Waymire), and LAX (2004, with David Clennon).
Leech has also appeared in films such as Blake Edwards' Sunset (1988, with Malcolm McDowell, Jennifer Edwards, Andreas Katsulas, Dakin Matthews, Castulo Guerra, Richard Fancy, and Denney Pierce), Columbo: Butterfly in Shades of Grey (1993, with William Shatner, Molly Hagan, and Brian Markinson), The Rockford Files: If the Frame Fits... (1996, with Herschel Sparber and Randy Oglesby), Clint Eastwood's Blood Work (2002, with Tina Lifford, Glenn Morshower, Amanda Carlin, Ted Rooney, and Todd Bryant), and Surf School (2006).