Penny Johnson Jerald


Penny Johnson Jerald is an American actress. She played Beverly Barnes on the HBO comedy series The Larry Sanders Show, Kasidy Yates on the syndicated science fiction series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Sherry Palmer on the Fox series 24, Captain Victoria "Iron" Gates on the ABC comedy-drama series Castle, and plays Dr. Claire Finn on the Fox/Hulu science-fiction series The Orville.[1][2]

Penny Johnson Jerald
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Jerald at Paleyfest 2012
Penny Johnson

EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active1983–present
Gralin Jerald
(m. 1982)

Early lifeEdit

Penny Johnson was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She trained at the Juilliard School, where her classmates in 1982 included Megan Gallagher, Jack Kenny, Jack Stehlin, and Lorraine Toussaint.[3]


Jerald began her career with small guest roles, appearing in The Paper Chase from 1984 to 1986, General Hospital in 1986, and Do the Right Thing in 1989 before playing the title character's unflappable personal assistant, Beverly Barnes, on The Larry Sanders Show. Throughout the 1990s, Jerald guest starred in several television series, including Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Grace Under Fire, Cosby and Family Law.

Following Larry Sanders, Jerald appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine playing freighter captain Kasidy Yates, the love interest for the series's main character Benjamin Sisko, a recurring role which she played from 1995 to the show's end in 1999. In 1997 she played Laura Simon in the film Absolute Power. She also had a recurring guest role on ER as Lynette Evans from 1998 to 1999. She then appeared as Roscoe Dellums in the Emmy Award-winning TV movie The Color of Friendship. Jerald also guest starred on Frasier, The Practice, Touched by an Angel and The X-Files.

Jerald's arguably[who?] most-recognized role came in 2001 when she appeared in the pilot episode of the Kiefer Sutherland-led Fox series, 24, playing Sherry Palmer, the wife of Senator David Palmer. She appeared in all but two of the first season episodes and multiple episodes of the second and third seasons.

In 2003, Jerald portrayed Condoleezza Rice in DC 9/11: Time of Crisis, a TV movie about the September 11 attacks in 2001. She reprised the role in the miniseries The Path to 9/11, which aired September 10–11, 2006.

Jerald also guest-starred on the sitcom Eve, playing Shelly's mother Beverly in four episodes. She guest-starred in three episodes of sci-fi series The 4400 in 2007. Penny had a recurring role on ABC midseason drama October Road for the 2007–08 season.

Jerald also teaches acting workshops and produces and directs for Outreach Christian Theater Company, which she and her musician husband Gralin Jerald founded in 1994.

She also had guest appearances on episodes of Tyler Perry's House of Payne.

Jerald joined the cast of ABC's Castle in its fourth season as the new captain of the 12th Precinct, Victoria "Iron" Gates, replacing Ruben Santiago-Hudson's deceased character Roy Montgomery as captain of the precinct.[4][5]



Year Title Role Notes
1984 Swing Shift Genevieve
The Hills Have Eyes Part II Sue
The Impostor Michelle TV Movie
1985 The Grand Baby Betty TV Movie
1990 Goin' to Chicago Darlene
Kaleidoscope Paula TV Movie
Night Visions Luanne TV Movie
1993 Fear of a Black Hat Re-Re
Class of '61 Lavinia TV Movie
What's Love Got to Do with It Lorraine Taylor
Empty Cradle Gail Huddle TV Movie
1994 Molly & Gina Maria
1995 Automatic Julia Rodriguez
1996 The Road to Galveston Laney Roosevelt TV Movie
Death Benefit Sylvia Guzman TV Movie
The Writing on the Wall Geraldine TV Movie
1997 Absolute Power Laura Simon
1998 Krippendorf's Tribe Teacher
1999 The Test of Love Hope TV Movie
2000 The Color of Friendship Roscoe Dellums TV Movie
Deliberate Intent Laura Harmon TV Movie
2003 DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Condoleezza Rice TV Movie
2004 Secrets of the International Spy Museum Guest TV Movie
2005 Rent Bohemian
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters President Amanda Waller (voice)
2017 Media Jackie Jones TV Movie
2018 Parker's Anchor Laurie
2019 The Lion King Sarafina (voice)
2020 Celeste's Dreams Penelope Short


Year Title Role Notes
1983 American Playhouse Jill Hatch Episode: "The Files on Jill Hatch: Part 1"
1984 T. J. Hooker Lisa Cody Episode: "Anatomy of a Killing"
Hill Street Blues Jackie DeWitt Episode: "Blues for Mr. Green"
1984–86 The Paper Chase Vivian Conway Main Cast: Season 2-4
1985 The Jeffersons Danelle Episode: "Last Dance"
Simon & Simon Hanna McKenzie Episode: "Out-of-Town Brown"
1986 General Hospital Debbie Episode: "14 & 15 May 1986"
1987 1st & Ten Phyllis Recurring Cast: Season 4
Women in Prison Patty Episode: "Walk This Way"
1988 The Cosby Show Nurse Episode: "The Visit"
Simon & Simon Evelyn Jacobson Episode: "Zen and the Art of the Split-Finger Fastball"
1989 Tour of Duty Jan Hudson Episode: "For What It's Worth"
She's the Sheriff Dorothy Episode: "Divorce, Wiggins Style"
Homeroom Virginia Harper Main Cast
1990 Freddy's Nightmares Elaine Alamo Episode: "Life Sentence"
Coach Susan Birch Episode: "The Day That Moses Came to Town"
Parker Lewis Can't Lose Ms. Miriam Donnelly Episode: "Teacher, Teacher"
1991 Columbo Maxine Jarrett Episode: "Caution: Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health"
1992–98 The Larry Sanders Show Beverly Barnes Main Cast
1994 Star Trek: The Next Generation Dobara Episode: "Homeward"
1995 Sweet Justice Marcy Lerner Episode: "Greener Grass"
1995–99 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Kasidy Yates Recurring Cast: Season 3-7
1996 Grace Under Fire Bailey Alford Episode: "Love Thy Neighbor" & "Pregnant Pause"
1997 Cosby Penny Episode: "Brave New Hilton"
The Gregory Hines Show Elizabeth Episode: "Pilot"
1998–99 ER Lynette Evans Supporting Cast: Season 5
2000 Family Law Christine Webber Episode: "Family Values"
2001 The X-Files Dr. Hellura Lyle Episode: "Medusa"
The Practice Atty. Laura Garrett Episode: "Awakenings"
Citizen Baines Denise Willis Episode: "A Day Like No Other"
2001–04 24 Sherry Palmer Recurring Cast: Season 1 & 3, Main Cast: Season 2
2002 Touched by an Angel Eleanor Episode: "The Impossible Dream"
2003 Frasier Carol Episode: "Maris Returns"
2005–06 Eve Beverly Williams Recurring Cast: Season 3
2006 Law & Order Ms. Booker Episode: "Choice of Evils"
2007 The 4400 Rebecca Parrish Recurring Cast: Season 4
2007–08 October Road Dean Leslie Etwood Recurring Cast
2009–10 NCIS Joanne Torrence Episode: "Endgame" & "Flesh and Blood"
2010 Bones Rachel Adams Episode: "The X in the File"
Tyler Perry's House of Payne Maxine Recurring Cast: Season 6
2011–15 Castle Capt. Victoria Gates Main Cast
2015 Gods and Monsters Chronicles President Amanda Waller (voice) Episode: "Bomb"
2017– The Orville Dr. Claire Finn Main Cast
2018 Sideswiped Cynthia Episode: "The Rock Star"


  1. ^ Amodio, Joseph. "Penny Johnson Jerald talks 'The Orville,' 'Star Trek'". Newsday. Retrieved 16 December 2021.
  2. ^ Goldberg, Lesley; Stone, Natalie (30 May 2015). "Penny Johnson Jerald Leaves 'Castle' "Surprised and Saddened"". The Hollywood Reporter.
  3. ^ Gussow, Mel (April 29, 1982). "Juilliard Theater Students Put On 'Love's Labor's Lost'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Bryant, Adam (July 13, 2011). "Castle Exclusive: Meet Castle and Beckett's New Captain!". Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Hale, Mike (16 September 2011). "It Girls, Mad Men and Monster Slayers". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2021.

External linksEdit

  • Penny Johnson Jerald on Twitter
  • Penny Johnson Jerald at IMDb