Mira Furlan played the role of Danielle Rousseau during the first four seasons of the show until her character was killed in "Meet Kevin Johnson". Melissa Farman later played a younger version of her character in Season 5. Furlan returned towards the end of Season 6 in "What They Died For" once again playing Rousseau in the Flash sideways world.


  • A leading actress of theatre, film and TV in Croatia, one of six independent countries that formerly made up Yugoslavia.
  • Was heavily criticized in Croatia following a 1991 theater performance in Belgrade, Serbia, a time when Croatia was under attack by the Serb-controlled Yugoslav Army.[1]
  • Fallout from the resulting scandal caused her to emigrate to the US with her husband Goran Gajic in November 1991.
  • Starred in the Warner Brothers TV-series Babylon 5 as Ambassador Delenn (a Minbari who took on human characteristics and possessed remarkable strength of character). She also portrayed Delenn in three Babylon 5 TV movies.
  • Is a member of The Actors Studio.
  • Her film credits include leading roles in over 25 films.
  • Has appeared regularly on Yugoslav Television, playing leading roles in numerous series and TV-films.
  • Received all the highest awards in her former country, both for her stage and film work, including two Golden Arenas (Yugoslav Oscars) for Best Actress.

    Mira Furlan as Ambassador Delenn of Babylon 5.

  • A former member of the Croatian National Theatre and a frequent guest star at major theatres in the whole country.
  • Also has made a one time appearance in the TV show NCIS as Dina Ricci in the episode "South By Southwest".

Departure from Lost

In "Meet Kevin Johnson", Danielle Rousseau was shot and killed. According to an interview with her husband, Goran Gajić, Furlan had requested that the producers write her character out of the show, as she was tired of living in Hawaii—a type of ennui known among Lost cast members as "island fever".

However, in a more recent interview, Furlan claims that she did not choose to leave the show, that she loved "being on the show and loved playing that role" and is "really disappointed and angry with those rumors, because I don’t know where they are coming from."

On March 28, 2008, Furlan was awarded back her grandmother's apartment in Zagreb in court. She and her husband are still living in Los Angeles, where they intend to remain.

From Croatia Press:

Furlan has been awarded back her flat in Zagreb, which she had left at the beginning of the 1990s, as [she] was hounded for culturally cooperating with Belgrade colleagues, something that brought about a smear campaign against her.
Mira Furlan left Zagreb at the height of the war in Croatia and found a new home in the United States where after struggling for a while she managed to get roles in acclaimed series like Babylon 5 and Lost. She has recently returned to Croatia with theatre roles played at the Ulysses Theatre owned by colleague and actor who had seen a similar destiny Rade Serbedzija.

(The "recently" in the above quotation refers to the summers of 2002 through 2005.)


Babylon writer, friend and collaborator, J. Michael Straczynski, confirmed on social media[2] that Mira had passed away on January 20, 2021 from complications due to contracting West Nile Virus.[3] On January 22, Damon Lindelof acknowledged Mira's passing, saying on Instragram, "Danielle Rousseau moves into the light. Rest In Peace, Mira… We are deeply grateful for all you did to protect the Island.”[4]

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