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Susan Scott Thompson (born 9 November 1981; age 34), often credited as Scottie Thompson, is an actress who appeared in 2009's Star Trek as the wife of Nero, the Romulan villain portrayed by Eric Bana.
Thompson was born in Richmond, Virginia, and began performing as a ballet dancer at an early age. She danced professionally with the Richmond Ballet for many years, which included playing the role of Clara in a 1994 production of The Nutcracker.
She later studied at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she developed an interest in acting. While attending Harvard, she performed on stage in such plays as Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead and the Greek tragedies Oresteia. She graduated from Harvard in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Performance Studies and Literature.
Thompson made her feature film debut with an appearance in the 2000 ballet drama Center Stage, which starred fellow Star Trek actress Zoë Saldana and Star Trek: Insurrection's Donna Murphy. Star Trek was only Thompson's second feature film credit.
Thompson also has a supporting role in the upcoming drama film Pornstar, alongside her Star Trek co-star Diora Baird. She then filmed a lead role in the independent feature film called Coulda Woulda Shoulda. She will also be seen as Elaine in the science fiction thriller Skyline, which opens in November and co-stars J. Paul Boehmer and Robin Gammell.
In early 2006, Thompson appeared in an episode of the long-running NBC drama series Law & Order. Shortly after her work on this show, she landed the recurring role of Shannon McCarthy on the Showtime series Brotherhood, on which Fionnula Flanagan was a regular. Len Cariou was another actor Thompson worked with on this series.
Between 2006 and 2008, Thompson has appeared on the CBS series CSI: Miami (in an episode with Cyia Batten, Mark Rolston, and Michael Buchman Silver), Shark (working with Jeri Ryan and again with Michael Buchman Silver), and CSI: NY (with Robert Joy). She has also appeared on the ABC series Ugly Betty (starring Alan Dale, Tony Plana, and Vanessa Williams) and Eli Stone (in an episode with Bennet Guillory, Alexandra Lydon, and Lorna Raver).
Also from 2006 through 2008, Thompson had a recurring role as Jeanne Benoit on the CBS Paramount Television series NCIS. Among the other performers with whom she worked on this show were veteran Star Trek actress Susanna Thompson, one-time Star Trek: Voyager director Terrence O'Hara, two-time Star Trek: Enterprise director James Whitmore, Jr., Enterprise regular John Billingsley, and DS9/VOY guest actor Brian George.
In 2009, Thompson guest-starred on Bones (in an episode with Deborah Lacey, Scott Alan Smith, and Jeff Yagher) and The Closer (with Bob Clendenin, Raymond Cruz, Jonathan Del Arco, and Tim de Zarn). During the 2009-2010 season, Thompson appeared as Diana Van Dine on the short-lived NBC action-drama series Trauma. In 2010, she guest-starred on the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles, on which Bruce McGill is a regular cast member.