Mira Furlan

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Mira Furlan
Mira Furlan by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Mira Furlan (Phoenix Comicon 2013)
Born (1955-09-07) September 7, 1955 (age 60)
Zagreb, PR Croatia, FPR Yugoslavia
Residence Los Angeles
Occupation Actress, singer
Spouse(s) Goran Gajić
Children 1 (Marko, born 1998)
Website www.mirafurlan.net

Mira Furlan (born September 7, 1955) is a Croatian actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on all five seasons of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (1993–98), and as Danielle Rousseau on Lost.

Early life[edit]

Furlan was born to an intellectual and academic family that included a large number of university professors in Zagreb, which was at that time part of Yugoslavia. She was born to a Croatian Jewish mother,[1][2][3] and a father of Slovenian and Croatian heritage.


Furlan graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and holds a university degree, equivalent to a B.F.A., in theatre.[2] She was a member of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb and frequently appeared in Yugoslav television and films, including Cannes Film Festival winner When Father Was Away on Business (1985). In the 1980s, she briefly appeared as singer for Le Cinema, a spin-off from the rock band Film. She appeared on the stage in New York City and Los Angeles. She released an album, Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made. She played Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all five seasons of Babylon 5, and some of the associated TV movies. From 2004–2010 she played Danielle Rousseau on Lost. In 2009, she appeared on the NCIS episode "South By Southwest".

In 2002, she returned to Croatia after some eleven years to take the lead role in Rade Šerbedžija's Ulysses Theatre Company's production of Euripides' Medea. A collection of her columns in the now-defunct Croatian magazine, Feral Tribune, was published as a book in 2010.[4]

She now teaches at The New York Film Academy in LA.

Personal life[edit]

Furlan's husband is director Goran Gajić,[5] who has directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and several plays, including a production of Sophocles' Antigone.[6]

In late 1991, she and her husband, who is an ethnic Serb,[2][3] emigrated from the former Yugoslavia to escape the warfare which resulted in the breakup of the country, with the attendant political turmoil and ethnic tensions. Furlan gave birth to the couple's first child in 1998.[5]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 With Mom
2013 Twice Born
2010 The Abandoned Cica
2010 Cirkus Columbia
2008 The Tour
1988 Braća po materi
1986 The Beauty of Vice
1985 When Father Was Away on Business
Year Title Role Notes
2009 NCIS Dina Risi "South by Southwest", Season 6, Episode 17
2008 Vratiće se rode Jagoda
2004–2010 Lost Danielle Rousseau Recurring Role (Season 1–4)
Guest (Season 6): 22 episodes
1997 Spider-Man Silver Sable voice
1993–1998 Babylon 5 Delenn


  1. ^ "Voices of Yugoslav Jewry". The case of Mira Furlan. Paul Benjamin Gordiejew. Retrieved December 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c ""Lost" Actress Finds New Life in Hollywood". Hillel. April 10, 2006. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Celebrity Jews". Jweekly. February 24, 2006. Retrieved May 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Mira Furlan u Booksi predstavlja knjigu "Totalna rasprodaja"" (in Croatian). Retrieved January 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Biography for Mira Furlan". IMDb. Amazon.com. Retrieved November 20, 2010. 
  6. ^ Philip Brandes (September 29, 1995). ""Antigone" Packs Contemporary Bite". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 

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