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Dichen Lachman
Dichen Lachman T1.JPG
Lachman in April 2009
Born (1982-02-22) 22 February 1982 (age 33)[1]
Kathmandu, Nepal
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present
Spouse(s) Max Osinski (2015–present)

Dichen Lachman (/ˈdən ˈlækmən/;[2] born 22 February 1982) is a Nepalese Australian actress and producer, best known for appearing in the soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski and Joss Whedon's science fiction drama television series Dollhouse as Sierra. Lachman portrayed Suren in the supernatural drama television series Being Human as a main character during the show's second season.

Dichen has starred also in her own movie released in February 2014: Lust for Love.

Early life[edit]

Lachman was born in Kathmandu, Nepal where she lived until she was six and a half years old. She moved to Adelaide, Australia in late 1988 with her family. Her mother is Nepalese of Tibetan origin and her Australian father is of German heritage.[3] She attended West Lakes Primary School, Gilles Street Primary School, Norwood Morialta High School, St Mary's College, Adelaide, Annesley College and the University of Adelaide. Dichen moved to Los Angeles shortly after she finished with the Australian TV drama "Neighbours" in 2007.[4]


Lachman filmed an ad for Wanadoo which was filmed in Australia and aired in the United Kingdom. In 2005, Lachman joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours as Katya Kinski. She had auditioned for the role of Elle Robinson, but the producers decided to create the part of Katya for her.[5][6]

Lachman at the 2009 San Diego Comic Con.

Lachman played a small role in the feature film Aquamarine. After she finished shooting the role of Aaren in the film Bled, Lachman joined the cast of the film Aztec Rex in Hawaii. In an interview with The Soap Show, Lachman said she had appeared on the BBC television show Ready Steady Cook while visiting England in late 2006. In the interview, she explained that she is in Los Angeles to advance her acting career, but said she would love to work in the UK and Australia.

On 26 March 2008, it was announced that Lachman would portray Sierra in the television series Dollhouse, created by Joss Whedon.[7][8] Her character is an Active (or "doll"), whose real name is Priya Tsetsang. Sierra is one of many who can be "programmed" with multiple personalities and abilities to engage in specific assignments.

In an interview with ScifiNow, Lachman responded to the rumor that she would star in the upcoming television show based on Star Wars by saying, "I am a huge George Lucas fan. I love those movies and it would be a dream come true — I'd love to do it, it would be incredible."[9]

She was named one of the 100 hottest women on screen for 2009, by the lesbian media site AfterEllen.com. "What a privilege to be there," she said.[10]

She guest starred as an insurance agent/street racer on NCIS: Los Angeles. She also appeared as Amy Hanamoa, the widow of a murdered police officer, in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. Lachman made a guest appearance in an episode of the Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood, for its fourth series Torchwood: Miracle Day.[11] Additionally, in 2011 it was announced in Variety that Lachman would be joining the cast of Being Human as a series regular.[12] Lachman also made a brief appearance in the web-series The Guild during Season 5, episode 8 as a guest at a party during a gaming convention.

In 2012 it was announced Lachman would be joining the Shawn Ryan driven pilot Last Resort for ABC[13] and she subsequently appeared as a main character during the show's 13 episode run. She also guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson scripted web series, Husbands.[14]

Between 2010 and 2013, while working on other productions, Lachman and her close friend Anton King produced Lust for Love. King wrote the script in 2010 and used Kickstarter[15] to raise funds to make the movie. The initial goal was to raise USD$70,000; however, when the deadline was reached on 11 November 2011 over 1,500 people had pledged money, with a final figure of USD$101,030.[15] To complete the movie additional funds were raised through friends and family. British film maker Jack Wylson came on board as a producer, Australian actor Adam J. Yeend as co-producer, and Adam Bricker[16] as director of photography. Alessandro Ongaro of Luna Pictures Entertainment also made major contributions during post production.

In 2014, Lachman began shooting in Canada, where she joined the cast of The 100 in the role of Anya.[17]

Lachman also made an appearance on ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in November 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Eastworld Thug #4 Short film
2006 Safety in Numbers News Reporter
Aquamarine Beth-Ann
2007 Tyrannosaurus Azteca Ayacoatl TV movie
2009 Bled Aaren
2010 Sunday Punch Jill Short film
2012 Lust for Love Cali post-production
2013 Too Late Jully Bean post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2005–2007 Neighbours Katya Kinski Series regular
2009–2010 Dollhouse Sierra / Priya Tsetsang Series regular
2010 NCIS: Los Angeles Allison Pritchett/Allysia Takada Episode: "Full Throttle"
Hawaii Five-0 Amy Hanamoa Episode: "Manaʻo"
2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day Lyn Peterfield Episode: "Rendition"
2012 Being Human Suren Season 2: Main Cast
The Glades Chef Lana Kim Episode: "Food Fight"
Last Resort Tani Tumrenjack Series Regular
Husbands Pillow Girl #1 Episode: "Appropriate Is Not the Word"
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jessica Lowell Episode: "Fearless"
2013 King & Maxwell Benny Series Regular
2014 The 100 Anya 7 episodes
2014-present Shameless (U.S. TV series) Angela
2014 Spooked (Web series) Carol Episode 1
2014-2015 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Jiaying, Skye's mother 2 episodes


  1. ^ "Happy Birthday, Dichen Lachman!". Whedonesque.com. 22 February 2013. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dichen Lachman". The Name Engine. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Topel, Fred (5 May 2009). "Dichen Lachman on Dollhouse". CraveOnline. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "syfy UK blog". 11 December 2010.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  5. ^ "Dichen Lachman". Supanova Pop Culture Expo. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  6. ^ Swift, Lynn; Jones, Helen (9 March 2010). "Neighbours Made Me Famous!". ATV Network. Retrieved 11 December 2010. 
  7. ^ Ausiello, Michael (27 March 2008). "Breaking: Battlestar Stud Playing Dollhouse with Dushku". TV Guide. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Kristin Dos Santos (26 March 2008). "Dollhouse Casting Alert!". E!. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dichen Lachman to star in Star Wars tv series?". Whedonesque.com. 25 August 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  10. ^ Ellis, Scott (31 May 2009). "Doll of role has this star on rise". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (5 January 2011). "Exclusive: Torchwood Adds All My Children Vet Havins, Dollhouse Alum Lachman". TVLine. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  12. ^ Weisman, Jon (29 June 2011), "'Being Human' adds Lachman to cast", Variety 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (8 April 2012), "Dollhouse Alumna Dichen Lachman Boards ABC's Undersea Drama Pilot Last Resort", TVLine 
  14. ^ Vary, Adam B (28 June 2012). "'Husbands': EP and star on season 2 of their gay-marriage web series -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  15. ^ a b "kickstarter". 11 November 2011.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  16. ^ "Lust For Love". 1 August 2013.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  17. ^ "Watch with Kristin".  |chapter= ignored (help)

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