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Commander Michael Burnham

Character

Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham is a fictional character on Star Trek: Discovery portrayed by actress Sonequa Martin-Green. As the First Officer of the USS Shenzhou and then a science specialist aboard the USS Discovery, she serves as the series lead. The character is introduced as an anthropologist helping the Earth-based Starfleet understand and engage new cultures in outer space. Development of the character was largely praised leading up to the debut for having a black female lead for the first time in Star Trek history and reviews of Martin-Green's performance have been positive.

Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham is a fictional character on Star Trek: Discovery portrayed by actress Sonequa Martin-Green. As the First Officer of the USS Shenzhou and then a science specialist aboard the USS Discovery, she serves as the series lead. The character is introduced as an anthropologist helping the Earth-based Starfleet understand and engage new cultures in outer space. Development of the character was largely praised leading up to the debut for having a black female lead for the first time in Star Trek history and reviews of Martin-Green's performance have been positive.

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