Nana Visitor came to the entertainment profession naturally; her father was a Broadway choreographer and her mother was a ballet instructor. When she was seven years old, Visitor began ballet lessons. After her high school graduation, she began working with Angela Lansbury in the stock company of Gypsy, and later appeared in 42nd Street, as well as many other plays, both in New York and Los Angeles. After working on the television soap operas Ryan’s Hope and One Life to Live, she appeared in the feature film The Sentinel, starring Ava Gardner. She appeared on numerous television series, including Hunter, Murder, She Wrote, McGyver, thirtysomething, L.A. Law, In the Heat of the Night and Matlock. Visitor starred in the title role of the series Working Girl before joining the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Major Kira Nerys.
Following DS9, Visitor played Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago, realizing a lifelong dream to star in a show on Broadway. She later appeared in such series and films as Frasier, Dark Angel, Battlestar Galactica, Wildfire, Friday the 13th, Castle, Family Guy and Ted 2. For a time, she lived in Corrales, NM, near Albuquerque, where she owned and operated Un Petit Morceau, a bakery that specializes in unique artisanal desserts. Visitor currently lives in New York City and has completed an upcoming two-part film titled A Bread Factory.