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Star Trek: The Next Generation actress teases appearance in Picard

Star Trek: Picard spoilers for season one follow.

Star Trek: The Next Generation actress Gates McFadden is hopeful that fans will see her character Dr Beverly Crusher popping up in Picard.

The TNG spin-off has already featured several cast members from the show in its first season – including Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Frakes (William Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) – in addition to Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan reprising her role as Seven of Nine.

One major missing character was Dr Crusher, the great love of Picard's life from The Next Generation and its subsequent spin-offs — though McFadden has told TrekMovie there have been talks about her making an appearance eventually.

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"Well, I don't know [about an appearance]," she initially said, before revealing: "There's a good chance, let's put it that way. But I have no contract signed."

McFadden was less certain of how Dr Crusher and Picard's romantic past would be handled in the world of the CBS All Access series.

"I think that Patrick made a decision at some point that he was opening it up to other relationships in our show, and in the movies, certainly," she said.

"So I can't imagine that it's suddenly going to be different, but it doesn't mean that there's not a relationship there. Obviously, from our all of our scenes, there is a relationship and that's great. So who knows? I have no clue, but it would be lovely."

Sir Patrick Stewart has already confirmed the second season of Picard will feature an appearance from another iconic TNG character, as Whoopi Goldberg returns as the cosmic bartender Guinan.

Star Trek: Picard airs on CBS All Access in the US and Amazon Prime Video internationally, including the UK.

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