Amanda Grayson (TOS)

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Name: Amanda Grayson
Occupation: former teacher
Relationships: mother to Spock, wife to Sarek
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series; Star Trek: Discovery
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Amanda Grayson appears in the TOS episode "Journey to Babel" and then once much later in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. She is Spock's mother and Sarek's wife.

The character returned in Seasons One and Two of Star Trek: Discovery, now played by Mia Kirshner.

The Fanon Amanda

In the original "Journey to Babel" episode, written by D.C. Fontana, she says that her married name is usually unpronounceable by humans, so she is identified only as "Amanda." Her maiden name was originally given in an early draft of the script.

Amanda also appeared in the animated episode "Yesteryear", also written by D.C. Fontana, where her maiden name was established as Grayson. While controversy exists as to whether or not the animateds are to be taken as canon, most fans seem to have done so with this episode's content, including Amanda's name.

In the original script for "The Naked Time", Spock revealed that Amanda was a teacher. This was repeated in the original script for "This Side of Paradise." Fans often portray her as having met Sarek while she was on Vulcan teaching English in a school there. In Diane Duane's novels, she is also a gifted linguist who worked on the development of the original Universal Translator device.

Fan speculation links her with Sherlock Holmes and occasionally with Dick Grayson, the original Robin in Batman comic books.

See Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek.

Notable Amanda Fiction


  • The Night of the Twin Moons, a novel by Jean Lorrah. The story of Amanda and Sarek's marriage is told in flashback. In the framing story, Amanda is an ambassador in her own right, sent to negotiate a trade deal on a world where women are in charge.
  • Let Me Count the Ways, novella by Judith Brownlee in Eridani Triad #2, has Amanda and Sarek marrying as a political move amid anti-alien hostility on earth. The marriage does not go well at first, partly because the matrimonial bond established by the officiating priestess didn't take properly in Amanda's mind. Once this is repaired, Amanda is able to understand that Sarek actually feels love for her.

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