Chase Masterson

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Chase Masterson
Chase Masterson in c. 2012
Chase Masterson in c. 2012
Background information
Birth nameChristianne Carafano
Born (1963-02-26) February 26, 1963 (age 58)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Actress, singer
Years active1993–present
LabelsLa-La Land, Helicon Arts Cooperative

Chase Masterson (born Christianne Carafano on February 26, 1963)[1] is an American actress, singer, and activist.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Chase Masterson was born Christianne Carafano in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As her father was in the Army,[4] she grew up in several places,[5] among them West Haven, Connecticut[6] and three years in Germany.[4] Her family settled in El Paso, Texas when she was in the sixth grade.[5] Masterson graduated from the University of Texas.[6]



Masterson's first major role came in 1994 as Ivy Lief on General Hospital. She then spent five years portraying the Bajoran Dabo girl Leeta on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine from 1995 to 1999. Her prominent feature film roles include starring as a sultry singer in James Kerwin's sci-fi film noir Yesterday Was a Lie, which she also produced, and voicing Janice Em in the animated film Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles. Her television guest-starring roles include ER and Sliders; in the latter, her role was that of Kelly Welles, the sister of Wade Welles.

Masterson hosted an Entertainment Tonight-style news program for the Sci-Fi Channel in the 1990s called Sci-Fi Entertainment[7] and an Internet-based radio talk show for the website The Fandom in 2004–2005.

Since 2010, Masterson has reprised her role as Leeta from Deep Space Nine, both in hologram form and in her "mirror universe" guise, in Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online.[8] After Masterson appeared in two Doctor Who audio adventures from Big Finish Productions, it was announced on October 19, 2012, that she would star in her own spin-off series, Vienna, as "impossibly glamorous bounty hunter" Vienna Salvatori.[9]

Masterson is voicing the title character "Auto" in monochrom's science fiction comedy film Je Suis Auto (release 2021), directed by Johannes Grenzfurthner and Juliana Neuhuber. The film is a farcical comedy that deals with issues such as artificial intelligence, politics of labor, and tech culture.[10][11][12]

Singer and live performer[edit]

Masterson has released two commercial records: 2011's Yesterday Was a Lie and 2012's Burned With Desire. In addition, she has released several independent jazz CDs: Thrill of the Chase, whose title is a play on her stage name, the follow-up EP AD ASTRA! (Latin for To the Stars!), the limited edition Crystal Anniversary: Songs from the Holosuite in honor of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's fifteenth anniversary, and the "greatest hits" compilation Jazz Cocktail.

Masterson was special guest star at the 20th anniversary edition of cocktail robot festival Roboexotica in Vienna and performed a live jazz set for "robots and humans".[13][14]

Film producer[edit]

Masterson was named Best Feature Film Producer of 2008 by the LA Femme Film Festival for her work as producer of the mystery/drama Yesterday Was a Lie.[15]


In 2013, Masterson, who experienced bullying herself while in school, co-founded the Pop Culture Hero Coalition, a non-profit organization speaking out against "bullying, racism, misogyny, cyber-bullying, LGBT-bullying, and other forms of hate."[16][5][6]

Public image[edit]

In 2004, as a result of her genre work, Masterson was named one of the world's "50 Sexiest Women" by the men's magazine Femme Fatales,[17] and the "Favorite Science Fiction Actress on Television" in a TV Guide reader's poll.[18] In December 2009, AOL named her one of the "Ten Sexiest Aliens on TV", reporting that Masterson is "regularly voted the most popular guest at Star Trek conventions."[19]

Lawsuit against[edit]

Following a series of stalking incidents instigated by a man in Berlin, Masterson – under her previous name of Christianne Carafano – was the petitioner in Carafano v., an online dating service, formerly, on which the man had created a fictitious dating profile that contained Masterson's home address, telephone number, four photographs of her, and a description of her that characterized her as licentious. As a result, she received a series of unwanted communications, including obscene telephone calls. When the matter was brought to the attention of, that service refused to remove the profile. Masterson then sued for defamation, invasion of privacy, misappropriation of the right of publicity and negligence. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against Masterson, deciding the man who created the profile was responsible for it, and not The court cited Communications Decency Act, which states that "No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider."[20]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 General Hospital Ivy Lief Unknown episodes
1995-1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Leeta Recurring character; 17 episodes
1995 ER Mrs. Phillips 1 episode
Live Shot Sheila Rydell 3 episodes
1996 Sliders Kelly Welles 1 episode
1999 Acapulco H.E.A.T. Gwen 1 episode
2002 Presidio Med Caroline Franklin 1 episode
2015 The Flash Sherry 1 episode
2019 Pandora Computer (Voice) 9 episodes
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Robin Hood: Men in Tights Giggling Court Lady
1995 Digital Man Susie
1997 Ballerina Finale Lori
1998 Sometimes They Come Back... for More Major Callie O’Grady
1999 Sammyville Miranda Clark
2000 The Specials Moira Murphy
2001 Lightning: Fire from the Sky Anna
2002 Terminal Invasion Cathy Garrett
2004 Comic Book: The Movie Herself
Creature Unknown Kat
2005 Take Out Nicole Blu
2006 Manticore Ashley Pierce
Chastity Madam
2007 Through Your Eyes Herself
2008 Yesterday Was a Lie Singer
2008 Star Trek: Of Gods and Men Xela
2011 The Truth Is Out There Herself
2013 The Search for Simon The Publisher
R.U.R.: Genesis Sulla
2016 Star Trek: Captain Pike Lieutenant Susan Kelly
2019 Manipulated Karen Jones
2020 Unbelievable!!!!! Captain Connie Garrison/Natasha
2021 Skipping Stones Mrs. McDowell Post-production
TBA Je Suis Auto Auto
Tempest: An Angels Wrath Dr. Angel Conch Pre-production
The Inspector Chronicles Annabelle Wagner Announced
Voice Artist
Year Title Role
2007 Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles Janice
2009 Fist of the North Star: The Shin Saga Mamiya
2009-2010 Starship Farragut – The Animated Episodes Carmen Renata / Sheila Johnson / Medical Assistant
2010 Star Trek Online Leeta
2011 Lun Lun the Flower Girl Various characters
Lun Lun the Flower Girl 2 Various characters
Fist of the North Star: The Ray Saga Mamiya
Fist of the North Star: The Souther Saga
Fist of the North Star: The Toki Saga
Starzinger Queen Lacet
2012 Doctor Who: The Shadow Heart[21] Vienna Salvatori
Doctor Who: Night of the Stormcrow[22] Peggy Brooks
2013–2017 Vienna Vienna Salvatori
2014–2015 Survivors Maddie Price
2015 The Worlds of Big Finish[23] Vienna Salvatori
2021 Master![24]




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  2. ^ "Chase Masterson Filmography". Fandango. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  3. ^ Riggs, Thomas (ed.) Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television vol. 93 Gale Group, July 1, 2009
  4. ^ a b Trek Stars Open Destination Star Trek Germany., April 27, 2018
  5. ^ a b c Jimmie Tramel: All dressed up, somewhere to go: Actress Chase Masterson talks 'Star Trek,' antibullying ahead of Tulsa stop. Tulsa World. October 11, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "'Star Trek' actress to return home to West Haven to talk about bullying...". New Haven Register. January 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "About Chase". Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  8. ^ "Chase Masterson Features In Star Trek Online". Star Trek Online. July 29, 2010.
  9. ^ "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Star Gets Her Own Audio Series!". Big Finish Productions.
  10. ^ Dax, Patrick. "Star Trek Schauspielerin in Wien". Futurezone. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  11. ^ "Je Suis Auto". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "FM4 Morning Show of November 24, 2018". FM4. ORF. Archived from the original on November 26, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Cocktail". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  14. ^ Sagan, Sonja. "OTS0037, Roboexotica 2018 - Das Festival für Cocktailrobotik mit Star Trek Ehrengast Chase Masterson". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  15. ^ "2008 LA FEMME FILMMAKER AWARDS". "Filmmaker Winners 2012-2005". La Femme Film Festival. Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  16. ^ Wickline, Dan. "Chase Masterson Stands Up To Bullying And Hate – Brings Message To New Jersey Comic Expo" Bleeding Cool. November 19, 2015. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  17. ^ "50 Sexiest Women of the Year". Femme Fatales. 12. January 2004.
  18. ^ UT Austin guest lecturer biography Archived 2010-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ "Ten Sexiest Aliens on TV". AOL Television.
  20. ^ "Christianne Carafano v., Inc., et al." 339 F.3d 1119 (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, August 13, 2003) Internet Law Library. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  21. ^ "167. The Shadow Heart - Doctor Who". Big Finish Productions.
  22. ^ "XI. Night of the Stormcrow - Doctor Who". Big Finish Productions.
  23. ^ "The Worlds of Big Finish - Big Finish Special Releases - Big Finish". Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  24. ^ "Master! - The Worlds of Doctor Who - Special Releases - Big Finish". Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  25. ^ Chase Masterson at IMDb

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