DEEP SPACE NINE
Colonel Kira Nerys
BY: Nana Visitor
FULL NAME: Kira Nerys
POSITION: Officer in the Bajoran militia; former resistance
fighter; now liaison officer and second-in-command of Deep Space Nine;
station commander at series' end
RANK: Major until season 7; Colonel thereafter
BIRTHPLACE: Bajor (Dahkur province); Singha refugee camp
PARENTS: Kira Taban (father; deceased); Kira Meru (mother,
SILBLINGS: Kira Reon, Kira Pohl (younger brothers, both deceased)
LOVE INTERESTS: Bareil, Shakaar, Odo
HOBBIES: Kira enjoyed raktajino, coffee, and ginger and jumja
teas. Her favorite candy was Rigelian chocolates. She was also a player
and follower of springball.
DISLIKES: Holosuites; flowers, jumja sticks
OTHER FRIENDS: Shakaar, Lupaza (now deceased), Furel (now
deceased), Razka Karn, Galis Blin, Latha (now deceased), Mobara (now
deceased), Trentin Fala (deceased), unnamed sculptor in Dahkur Province,
friend who owned house in Musilla Province
Kira was born in Dahkur Province on Bajor, and grew up in the Singha
refugee camp. She was told by her father that her mother had died of
malnutrition in Singha when Nerys was three; however, in 2374, she
learned that Kira Meru had actually been taken away as a "comfort woman"
and lived as Gul Dukat's lover for seven years.
At age 13, she began hanging around the camp of the Shakaar resistance
cell, doing odd chores until she was allowed to participate in an ambush
of a Cardassian skimmer. Lupaza made her earring out of metal from the
skimmer. (This is according to what Kira told Odo in "The
Darkness and the Light". In "Indiscretion", she told Dukat that she was recruited
into the cell by Lorit Akrem.) While still a teenager, she was present
when the Shakaar liberated Gallitep. At some point, Kira's father was
one of the injured rescued by the Shakaar after the Cardassians burned
down his village; she went off on a raid rather than watch him die, a
decision she later regretted.
Years later, Kira was sent to Terok Nor to find a list of collaborators
hidden in the chemist's shop. As she was searching it, the chemist,
Vaatrik, walked in, and she was forced to kill him. Afterwards, she met
Odo, who was investigating the murder, and eventually admitted to being
a rebel, but said she was elsewhere committing sabotage at the time of
Vaatrik's death. Odo let her go.
When the Cardassians finally left Bajor, Kira opposed Federation aid,
but found herself assigned to the Cardassians' old mining station, now
DS9, as liaison officer ("Emissary"). Her loyalties were torn by the
arrival of a Bajoran terrorist named Tahna, who wanted her aid in what
turned out to be a plot to destroy the wormhole's entrance ("Past
Prologue"). Kira was present in the crash which killed Kai Opaka, and
was deeply affected emotionally by the Kai's fate ("Battle Lines"). In
"Progress", she tried to persuade a stubborn farmer, Mullibok, to
evacuate from Jeraddo because his life was in danger; she finally burned
down his house to force him out. In "Dramatis Personae", under the
influence of the Saltah'nah matrix, Kira plotted against Sisko for
control of the station. Then, in "Duet", Kira's attitudes toward
Cardassians were changed forever by the sacrifice of Marritza.
Kira rescued Li Nalas, and was afterwards recalled to Bajor, where she
experienced an Orb vision including Bareil as her lover. She was later
abducted and beaten by the Circle, and after her rescue took evidence to
the Chamber of Ministers that broke the Circle ("The Homecoming"/"The
Circle"/"The Siege"). In "Necessary Evil", Kira finally admitted to Odo
the truth about Vaatrik, a fact which strained their friendship. Kira
later befriended Haneek, who turned on her angrily when Kira agreed with
the provisional government that Bajor couldn't handle the influx of
Skrreean immigrants ("Sanctuary"). Kira became lovers with Vedek Bareil
when he visited the station in "Shadowplay". After coming face to face
with her double in the mirror universe ("Crossover"), she was forced by Vedek Winn to investigate accusations that Bareil was a traitor; she
discovered he was innocent, but not in time to prevent Winn from
becoming Kai ("The Collaborator").
In "The Search, Parts I and
II", Kira was included in the mission to
locate the Founders, and was present when Odo found his people. Soon
afterwards, in "Second Skin", she was kidnapped by the Obsidian Order,
altered to appear Cardassian, and told that she was Iliana Ghemor, who
had been under deep cover with false memories as a Bajoran. She
eventually realized it was a trap for Iliana's father, Tekeny Ghemor.
Kira helped Ghemor escape, and he became her "honorary" father. She and
Odo later foiled a plot by Quark to get a holo-image of her
("Meridian"). Then, Kira was an unwilling passenger when Tom Riker
hijacked the Defiant, but eventually talked him into giving up
("Defiant"). It was not long after that when Kira sat by Bareil's
bedside as he died ("Life Support").
In "Heart of Stone", something curious happened on the way back from
Prophets' Landing with Odo: Kira woke up in a stasis chamber on a moon
in the Badlands. Odo told her about the Female Changeling's
impersonation of her, but not how he figured it out. Later, Kira tried
to resolve the problem between Shakaar and Winn peacefully, but went on
the run with her old leader when they were betrayed by Winn ("Shakaar").
She went after evidence of the fate of the Ravinok, on which her friend
Lorit had been lost; with Dukat, she rescued several survivors from a
Breen mine, including his daughter Ziyal ("Indiscretion").
Kira, still unaware of Odo's feelings toward her, became lovers with
Shakaar during his visit to the station ("Crossfire"). Then, in "Return
to Grace", she went on an impromptu mission with Dukat, and afterwards
brought Ziyal to live on DS9 under her protection. In "Accession", Kira
contemplated resigning to follow her d'jarra.
In "Body Parts", Kira was piloting a botanical mission with Keiko
O'Brien when Keiko was seriously injured in a runabout accident. Kira
allowed Bashir to place Keiko's unborn baby in her uterus; due to
Bajoran reproductive physiology, Kira then had to carry the baby to
term. She moved in with the O'Briens for the duration of her pregnancy,
an arrangement that was not without its complications, such as when she
found herself briefly attracted to Miles O'Brien ("Looking for Par'Mach
in All the Wrong Places"). Kira was still pregnant when she tracked down
and stopped a Cardassian who was murdering members of the Shakaar cell
one by one ("The Darkness and the Light"). Then finally, in "The
Begotten", Kira gave birth to the O'Briens' son, Kirayoshi.
When Tekeny Ghemor returned to DS9, dying, Kira took care of him, until
she found out that he had been present at a massacre of Bajoran monks;
however, recalling her regret at missing the death of her own father,
she finally returned to comfort Ghemor ("Ties of Blood and Water").
After breaking up with Shakaar (due to a negative prophecy at the Kenda
Shrine), Kira was on a Defiant mission in which the crew discovered
their own descendants. She learned then of Odo's love for her from an
older version of him; and also learned that she had died in the Gaians'
timeline, due to neural damage which Bashir wasn't equipped to treat on
the Defiant. Kira was nonetheless prepared to sacrifice herself to
preserve the colonists' existence, but the older Odo's tampering
prevented this ("Children of Time").
She remained on DS9 when it was evacuated by Starfleet in "Call to
Arms", and coped with life under the Dominion and Cardassia ("A Time to
Stand"). After Vedek Yassim's public suicide to protest the Dominion
occupation, Kira found it impossible to remain neutral, and she and Odo
began a New Resistance movement ("Rocks and Shoals"). However, Kira was
furious when Odo was too occupied linking with the Female Changeling to
aid Rom in accessing the deflector array, resulting in Rom's capture
("Behind the Lines"). She tried to have Rom freed, and later, she was
arrested and held for execution, along with Rom, Leeta, and Jake, but
they were sprung by Quark and Ziyal, with later timely aid from Odo
("Favor the Bold"/"Sacrifice of Angels"). Kira and Odo talked it out and
restored their friendship, at least somewhat, offscreen in "You Are
After a brief romance with the mirror-universe Bareil ("Resurrection"), Kira received a message from Dukat on her mother's birthday, telling her
that he and her mother had been lovers. She went back in time (using the
Orb of Time) to investigate, learned that it was true, and nearly killed
both her mother and Dukat, but relented ("Wrongs Darker Than Death or
In "His Way", due to a bit of holographic subterfuge by Vic Fontaine, Kira had a date with Odo, not knowing that he thought it was just a
practice dinner with a hologram of her. This gave her a "moment of
clarity"; and though the evening ended badly, she confronted Odo the
next day, and their kiss in the middle of the Promenade was the
beginning of their romantic relationship. Odo later supported Kira when
she willingly served as the vessel through which a Prophet battled a pah-wraith,
which had possessed Jake ("The Reckoning"). In "Tears of the Prophets", Kira and Odo had their first argument as a couple, but made up. Kira
commanded the Defiant after Sisko was incapacitated, and was later left
in command of the station.
Kira was promoted to Colonel, and aided Senator Cretak in getting
permission to build the Romulan hospital on Derna, but when it became
clear that the Romulans were using the facility to store weapons, she
informed Cretak that the Romulans were to leave, and led a blockade. She
managed to bluff them out long enough for the wormhole to be restored
("Image in the Sand"/"Shadows and Symbols"). In "Covenant", Kira was
kidnapped by a Dominion transporter which beamed her to Empok Nor, where
Dukat tried to convince her to join his community of pah-wraith
worshippers. Kira exposed Dukat as a fraud to his followers, and was
rescued by the Defiant.
Kira's love for Odo was put to the test in "Chimera", when he was
tempted to go with Laas and seek the other Changeling explorers. Kira
helped Laas escape from a holding cell, and directed him to a rendezvous
with Odo, who went but then returned to her, having realized the depth
of her love. Later, when Kira was given a temporary Starfleet commission
(with the rank of Commander) and sent to teach Damar how to rebel
against the Dominion, she and Odo learned on the way there that Odo had
the Founders' disease ("When It Rains..."). Over a series of guerrilla
missions, Kira pretended to be unaware of Odo's rapid decline, in order
to help him preserve his dignity; then finally he collapsed after they
had successfully hijacked a Jem'Hadar ship to steal a Breen energy
dissipator ("Tacking Into the Wind"). She brought Odo back to DS9, and
then left again at his insistence, to continue aiding the Cardassian
resistance ("Extreme Measures").
In "The Dogs of War", after a meeting with potential allies became a
massacre, Kira went into hiding with Damar and Garak on Cardassia Prime.
It was her suggestion that Damar use his "legend" to foment a people's
uprising. Finally, in "What You Leave Behind", Kira, Damar, and Garak
were captured by the Dominion and nearly executed, but rescued by
resistance members. They then stormed Dominion headquarters and captured
the Female Changeling. When all was over, Kira learned from Odo of his
decision to rejoin the Great Link. She took him back to his homeworld,
and they parted there. Kira, who became DS9's commander after Sisko's
disappearance, was one of five regulars left on the station at the end.
Other facts: Kira had no artistic talent, but knew how to lip-read due
to Shakaar's tendency to mumble. Her command code was Kira-1-5-7 alpha.
Visitor plays First Officer Major Kira Nerys, a Bajoran female
who is a former terrorist. She has been fighting for Bajoran
independence most of her life and is skeptical of the
Federation's involvement on Deep Space Nine. "Kira embodies
the warrior archetype that all women to a lesser or greater
degree possess," Nana explains. "Her aggression is not without
purpose, but is passionately connected to her love of the
culture, spirituality, and history of the people of Bajor. A
mentally and physically fearless fighter, she'll do anything
for what she believes is for the good of Bajor."
A New York native, Nana was born and raised on the westside,
in and around the theater district. The daughter of theatrical
parents, Nana's father was a Broadway choreographer, and her
mother, a ballet instructor. Nana herself began to study
ballet in her mother's studio at age 7, and by the end of high
school, was tapping her way to Broadway.
Visitor appeared with Angela Lansbury in the touring
production of "Gypsy," and later appeared in "42nd Street."
Her other stage credits include "My One and Only," "The Ladies
Room" at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles, and "A Musical
Jubilee." While still in New York, Nana appeared in the ABC
daytime soap operas Ryan's Hope and One Life to Live. Nana
made her feature film debut appearing with Ava Gardner in "The
Since arriving in Los Angeles in 1985, Nana has appeared in
many television shows such as Empty Nest, Murder, She Wrote,
Baby Talk, thirtysomething, Jake and the Fatman, L.A. Law, In
the Heat of the Night, and Matlock. In addition, Nana starred
in the role of Bryn Newhouse on the NBC sitcom Working Girl.
In a busy 2001, Visitor appeared on Broadway playing Roxie
Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical "Chicago" and was also
featured on Fox's Dark Angel.
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