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Sufe M. Bradshaw is an American actress and dancer who played an alien Starfleet cadet in 2009's Star Trek. This was her first major feature film role. Her alien character was dubbed "Jessica" during the production to distinguish her from the other alien characters. Barney Burman commented the work on her as a "straight make-up job".
Bradshaw was born in Chicago, Illinois, and holds a degree in Theatre from the Los Angeles City Theatre Academy in California. She studied acting at Playhouse West in Los Angeles and at the Van Mar Academy in Hollywood. Her stage credits include productions of A Raisin in the Sun, The Glass Menagerie, and Hamlet. 
She appeared with Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and one-time DS9 actor Leon Russom in the 2005 short film The Les Brown Show. She made her film acting debut in the 2006 independent drama Speechless, after which she starred in the 2007 made-for-TV movies Black Woman's Guide to Finding a Good Man and Mr. Jackson's Neighborhood.
More recently, Star Trek: Voyager regular Roxann Dawson directed Bradshaw in an episode of the CBS drama series Cold Case. Bradshaw's episode, 2008's "Ghost of My Child," also featured DS9 guest actresses Molly Hagan and Deborah Strang and DS9/VOY guest actor John Prosky.
In addition, Bradshaw has been seen on the UPN series One on One and Dance 360 and MTV's Yo Momma. She also made a recent guest appearance on the sketch comedy series, Mind of Mencia.