nichelle nichols

Nyota Uhura

Nyota Uhura is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series. On the Starship Enterprise, she is the translator and communications crew officer. She keeps a level head, and takes interest in alien languages. She enjoys singing while Spock accompanies on the Vulcan Lute, which entertains the crew. Noted by the symbols on her console and room decor, Uhura is proud of her African heritage. She goes on to become a lieutenant commander. Uhura was an important part of the original crew’s diversity as one of the first black characters on television equal with everyone. Additionally, the kiss between her and Captain Kirk was the first interracial kiss on television. Nichelle Nichols portrays Uhura in the original series, while Zoe Saldana portrays Uhura in the 2009 film reboots.