- Made her TV debut playing twins Sonni and Solida on soap The Guiding Light; for which she earned a 1990 Daytime Emmy nomination.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation character Ensign Ro was so popular the series' creators wanted to make Forbes a regular on spin-off Deep Space Nine, but Forbes wasn't interested in committing to another show.
- Made her big-screen debut in the 1993 thriller Kalifornia.
- Later did stints on several acclaimed series, including Homicide: Life on the Street, 24 and Battlestar Galactica.
- Learned sign language in just six days for her role in the 2001 BBC miniseries Messiah.
- 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Ross Kettle — Ex-husband
- Reed Diamond — Ex-significant Other
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- Birth Place: Austin, TX
- Profession: Actor
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He demonstrates the bukkehorn, the tagelharpa and the lyre