Mira Furlan is best known to the American audience for her role as Ambassador Delenn in the Warner Bros. TV-series Babylon 5 and as Danielle Rousseau in the the ABC hit series Lost.
A leading actress of film, stage, and TV in the former Yugoslavia, Furlan starred in over 35 films, including the Oscar nominated and Cannes Golden Palm winning When Father Was Away on Business. She recently starred in Circus Columbia directed by the Oscar winner Danis Tanovic as well as The Tour. For her work in film she received a number of awards, including two Golden Arenas (the Yugoslav Oscar) for Beauty of Sin and Cyclops.
In the former Yugoslavia she starred in numerous TV-series, becoming one of the most well known actors in the country. On stage she performed in all major theatres throughout the country, including The Croatian National Theater in Zagreb and The Yugoslav Drama Theater in Belgrade. Among favorite theater roles are: Ophelia in Hamlet, Celimene in Moliere’s Misanthrope, Yvette in Brecht’s Mother Courage, Annabella in Ford’s Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Natalya Petrovna in Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, Isabella in Corneille’s Theatrical Illusions. For her stage work she received all the highest awards in the country. In the US Mira starred as Yerma in Lorca’s Yerma, Antigone in Sophocles’ Antigone and Tanya in D. Lipkin’s Cranes with the New Group in New York.
Furlan left her country at the outbreak of the war in the nineties. After 10 years she returned to her native Croatia, starring in Euripides’ Medea to great critical acclaim.