Who is Jayne Brook?

Jayne Brook was born as Jane Anderson in Northbrook, Illinois USA, on 16 September 1960 – her zodiac sign is Virgo, and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress and a musician, who has been credited with appearing in close to 50 movies and TV series, while she’s perhaps known best for her portrayal of Admiral Cornwell in the action adventure series “Star Trek: Discovery”. It was created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones and Anthony Rapp, and follows the crew of the spaceship USS Discovery, as they’re travelling around the universe and learning about aliens. The series has been airing since 2017 (Jayne left the cast in 2019), and has won 17 awards, including two Primetime Emmys, while it’s been nominated for 59 other awards.

Early life and education

Jayne was raised in Northbrook by her parents, about whom nothing is known as she respects their privacy; she hasn’t been heard speaking about any siblings, so most people believe her to be an only child.

Jayne grew up being interested in activities such as dancing and singing, and had been urged by her parents from a very early age to focus on her education. She studied at Glenbrook North High School and was a member of the school’s drama club, appearing in plays performed both at the school and a community theatre. Upon matriculating in 1978, Jayne enrolled at New College in Oxford, England, but eventually moved to Duke University, after being offered a scholarship.

She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1982, and spent the following a couple of years working various jobs before launching her career as an actress.

Roles in movies

Jayne made her debut film appearance with her portrayal of Teacher – JFK High School, in the 1987 action science fiction adventure “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace”, and a couple of her following roles were in the 1990 action crime comedy “Kindergarten Cop”, the 1991 comedy “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”, and the 1992 drama “Doing Time on Maple Drive”.

She gained recognition in 1995, when cast to play Claire in the comedy “Bye Bye Love”, directed by Sam Weisman, and which starred Matthew Modine, Randy Quaid and Paul Reiser. It follows the lives of three divorced men, and won Janeane Garofalo a nomination for an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

In 1996, Jayne appeared in the thriller drama “Last Dance”, and the following year in the critically acclaimed science fiction thriller drama “Gattaca”; written and directed by Andrew Niccol, it starred Ethan Hawke, Jude Law and Uma Thurman, and follows an inferior man who has taken the identity of another man, so that he could go into space. The movie won six of the 23 awards for which it was nominated, including an Oscar nomination.

Jayne started off the 2000s by winning roles in movies “Chain of Command”, “My Mother, the Spy” and “Searching for David’s Heart”, then in 2004 she played the lead character Maureen Robinson, in the science fiction adventure “The Robinsons: Lost in Space”, which follows the Robinson family who are taking part in a colonization project.

In the last two decades, Jayne has mostly been appearing in TV series, with her only recent film role being in the 2016 romantic comedy drama “The Sweet Life”.

Roles in TV series

Jayne made her debut TV series appearance with her portrayal of Mrs Glazer, in a 1989 episode of the mystery thriller drama “The Endless Game”, and she gained recognition in 1990, when cast to play Ann Hudson, one of the lead characters in the drama “WIOU”, created by John Eisendrath and Kathryn Pratt, and which also starred John Shea and Helen Shaver. The series follows the lives of people working at the TV station WIOU.

The first half of the ‘90s saw Jayne play supporting characters in a couple of popular series, such as the comedy “Old Boy Network”, the crime drama “Sirens”, and the drama “L. A. Law”. Between 1995 and 1999, she starred as Dr. Diane Grad, in the mystery thriller drama “Chicago Hope”, created by David E. Kelley, and which also starred Adam Arkin, Mandy Patinkin and Hector Elizondo; it follows the lives of people working at a hospital in Chicago, and the series won 31 awards, including seven Primetime Emmys, and was nominated for 108 other awards.

Jayne Brook

Some of Jayne’s most notable performances in the 2000s were in 14 episodes of the crime comedy drama “The District”, 21 episodes of the mystery science fiction drama “John Doe”, and four episodes of the crime comedy drama “Boston Legal”.

She appeared in only a couple of series in the 2010s, including the drama “Brothers & Sisters”, the mystery thriller drama “Revenge”, and the mystery crime drama “Rizzoli & Isles”, while her most recent role, with the exception of “Star Trek: Discovery”, has been in four episodes of the hit action crime drama “Major Crimes” in 2017.

Other credits

In 1997, Jayne sang the song “Walk Like a Man” in the episode “Brain Salad Surgery” of the series “Chicago Hope”, and in 2000, she sang “High Hopes” in the pilot episode of the series “The District”.

She can be seen featured in the 2007 TV special “11th Annual Prism Awards”.

In 2017, Jayne appeared as a special guest in an episode of the talk-show “After Trek”.

Awards and nominations

In 2007, Jayne won a Prism Award for Performance in a Drama Series, Multi-Episode Storyline, for “Boston Legal”.

She and her colleagues were also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 1996, 1997 and 1998 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for “Chicago Hope”.

Love life and relationships

Since 11 May 1996, Jayne has been married to the American actor and film director John Terlesky; the two exchanged vows in a private ceremony, attended by many of their friends and family members, having been in a relationship for around two years prior.

John has directed close to 50 movies and TV series, as well as appearing in over 40, perhaps still known best for his portrayal of Deathstalker in the 1987 action adventure comedy film “Deathstalker II”.

In 1998, Jayne gave birth to their daughter Alexandra Sophia Terlesky, and several years later to their second daughter Annaliese Marie Terlesky; Jayne and John prefer to keep their daughters away from the media’s attention, which is why not a lot about them is known.

As of October 2021, Jayne’s married to John Terlesky, and has two daughters with him.

Hobbies and other interests

Jayne loves to travel, and her Instagram account is filled with pictures taken during her travels. She’s also a huge lover of nature, and when travelling usually stays in natural locations, such as national parks, high up in the mountains, and deep into the woods.

She’s an animal lover, and her favorites are goats and sheep. Jayne’s today a supporter of the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

She was physically highly active during her 20s and 30s, mostly because it was important for her acting career to stay in shape; Jayne no longer works out at the gym, but practices yoga and meditates on a daily basis.

She has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Bill Murray, Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson, and a couple of her favorite movies include “Lost in Translation”, “Scent of a Woman” and “Groundhog Day”.

Age, height and net worth

Jayne’s age is 61. She has long brown hair and light blue eyes, her height is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) and she weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

As of October 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.

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