‘Star Trek’ actress Nichelle Nichols ‘in good spirits’ after suffering ‘mild stroke’

Actress played Lieutenant Uhura in the original 1960s 'Star Trek' TV series

Star Trek actress Nichelle Nichols is “in good spirits” after a suffering a “mild stroke”.

Nichols, 82, played Lieutenant Uhura in the original Star Trek TV series between 1966 and 1969 and later reprised her iconic role in several spin-off films. Her 1960s Star Trek role was widely praised at the time for being one of the first African American female characters on US TV not to be portrayed as a servant.

A post on the actress’s Facebook page yesterday (June 4) confirmed that she had suffered a “mild stroke” while at her home in Los Angeles and was “undergoing testing” to determine its severity.

Her representatives have since posted an update on Nichols’ condition, which reads: “Nichelle Nichols has had both a CAT scan and an MRI today. The CAT scan came back negative and we are awaiting the results from the MRI. Currently she is awake, eating, in good spirits and able to have full conversations. Her right side has shown minor signs or mobility loss but she is not showing any signs of paralyses. We greatly appreciate all of the love and support her fans are showing at this time.”

In more recent years, Nichols has released several memoirs and made guest appearances in Futurama and Heroes . During her career, she has also released two albums, 1967’s ‘Down To Earth’ and 1991’s ‘Out Of This World’.