Jane Badler, the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader Diana in the NBC mini-series V (1983) (TV), its sequel "V: The Final Battle" (1984), and the subsequent TV series "V" (1984), was born on the last day of 1953 in Brooklyn, New York. She spent her teen years in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she attended Central High School. Jane won the Miss New Hampshire title and competed at the 1972 Miss America Pageant before going on to study drama at the Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
In 1977, Jane gained her first major role was on the TV soap opera "One Life to Live" (1968), where she played Melinda Cramer Janssen until 1981, returning briefly to reprise the role in 1983. She also starred on the venerable soap opera "The Doctors" (1983). Jane's other TV roles included a stint on "Falcon Crest" (1981) as Meredith Braxton from 1986 to 1987 and as agent Shannon Reed for the revival of the series "Mission: Impossible" (1988), which was shot in Australia. She also guest-starred on many TV series.
Jane relocated to Australia after filming "Mission: Impossible" (1988) Down Under, marrying businessman Stephen Hains. They have two sons, Sam and Harry. Her Australian TV roles include "Cluedo" (the British and Australian name of the board game known as Clue in the United States). She also had a guest-starring role in "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga" (1993).
Badler now resides in Melbourne, Australia and has spent much of her time performing as a singer. In 2008 she released an album named "The Devil Has My Double" featuring Melbourne band SIR. The album received positive reviews.
- An article on IGN reveals that Badler will return to play the role of Diana in the new V series. This version of Diana is Anna's mother, and Badler will be the first member of the original cast to be seen on the rebooted show.
Badler has starred or appeared in the following:
- Fantasy Island
- V:The Final Battle
- Falcon Crest
- The Highwayman
- Mission: Impossible