Mira Furlan

Mira Furlan
Mira Furlan

Furlan in 2008
Born September 7, 1955 (1955-09-07) (age 56)
Zagreb, SFR Yugoslavia (now Croatia)
Occupation Actress
Spouse Goran Gajić

Mira Furlan (born 7 September 1955) is a Croatian actress and singer currently residing in the United States. She is well known for her roles as the Minbari Ambassador Delenn on all five seasons of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 (aired 1993 - 1998), and Danielle Rousseau on Lost.


Early life

Furlan was born to an intellectual and academic family that included a large number of university professors in Zagreb, which was at that time part of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, now the capital city of the Republic of Croatia. She was born to a Jewish mother,[1] and a father of Slovenian and Croatian heritage.


Furlan graduated from the Academy for Dramatic Arts in Zagreb and holds an equivalent to the BA in theatre.[2] She was a member of the Croatian National Theatre and frequently appeared in Yugoslav television and films, including Cannes Film Festival winner When Father Was Away on Business (1985). In the 1980s, she briefly appeared as singer for Le Cinema, a spin-off from the rock band Film.

She has also appeared on the stage in New York and Los Angeles. She has released an album, Songs From Movies That Have Never Been Made. Furlan played Minbari Ambassador Delenn for all five seasons of Babylon 5 and some of the associated TV movies. From 2004-2008 she could be seen playing the character Danielle Rousseau in the ABC television series Lost.

In 2002, she returned to Croatia after some 11 years to take the lead role in Rade Šerbedžija's Ulysses Theatre Company's production of Euripides' Medea. During the mid-to-late 2000s she also had an irregular column in the now-defunct Croatian magazine, Feral Tribune.[citation needed]

Personal life

Furlan's husband is director Goran Gajić,[3] who has directed her in an episode of Babylon 5 and several plays, including a production of Sophocles' Antigone.[citation needed] Her husband is an ethnic Serb.[2]

In late 1991, she and her husband emigrated from the former Yugoslavia to escape the warfare which resulted in the breakup of former Yugoslavia, with the attendant political turmoil and ethnic tensions.

On December 15, 1999, Furlan gave birth to the couple's first child, Marko Lav Gajić.[3]


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