Nana Tucker was born July 26th, 1957 in New York City, the daughter of Nenette Charisse, a ballet teacher, and Robert Tucker, a choreographer; she is a niece of actress/dancer Cyd Charisse. She is known professionally as Nana Visitor.

Visitor began her acting career in the 1970s on the Broadway stage in such productions as My One and Only. Her film debut, billed by her birth name, Nana Tucker, came in the 1977 horror film, The Sentinel. On television, Visitor co-starred in the short-lived 1976 sitcom, Ivan the Terrible, and from 1978 to 1982 had short-lived regular roles on three soap operas: Ryan's Hope, The Doctors and, One Life to Live. She adopted the stage name Nana Visitor in the early 1980s.

In 1984, she appeared in Season two, episode three of Hunter. In 1985, Visitor made an appearance in the television series MacGyver, in the episode Hellfire as Laura Farren, and in the season two episode DOA: MacGyver as Carol Varnay. Visitor also made an appearance in the 1985 season 4, Remington Steele episode 3 titled Steele Blushing. In 1986, she appeared in Hills of Fire, a fourth-season episode of Knight Rider. In 1986, she also made an appearance in Highway to Heaven as Margret Swann in season 3, episode 6 Love at Second Sight and season 3, episode 8 Love and Marriage, Part II.

In 1987, Visitor appeared as Ellen Dolan in a failed television pilot for Will Eisner's pulp comic creation The Spirit starring Sam J. Jones as the title character and Garry Walberg as her father, Commissioner Dolan.

In 1988, she made a guest appearance on the sitcom Night Court as a mental patient who is obsessed with the movies. That same year, she made a guest appearance on the television series In the Heat of the Night as the owner of the Sparta newspaper. She also made a guest appearance that year in an episode of Matlock. In 1989, Visitor appeared as a guest on the fifth episode of the television series Doogie Howser M.D. as Charmagne, a rock star who has a throat nodule removed at Doogie's hospital, and as Miles Drentell's glamorous girlfriend, in Success, a 1989 episode of Thirtysomething's second season.

In 1990, Visitor co-starred with Sandra Bullock in the short-lived sitcom Working Girl, which was based on the feature film of the same name.

From 1993–1999, Visitor appeared on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Major/Colonel Kira Nerys, a former freedom fighter/terrorist from the planet Bajor, who fought against the occupation of her world by the Cardassians. After the occupation ended, she was appointed as the first officer to the series' eponymous space station, built by the Cardassians and turned over to Starfleet management.

After DS9 ended, Visitor had a recurring role as the villain Dr Elizabeth Renfro on the television series Dark Angel and starred as Roxie Hart in the touring and Broadway companies of the musical Chicago. Visitor was then cast as Jean Ritter on the ABC Family series Wildfire, which premiered on June 20, 2005.

In 2008, she appeared as Emily Kowalski, a dying cancer patient in Faith, an episode of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica's fourth season. Visitor had a small role as Pamela Voorhees in the 2009 version of Friday the 13th. She has also lent her voice in a few guest appearances on the sitcom Family Guy, such as Rita in the episode Brian's Got a Brand-New Bag and as the voice of the Enterprise in Extra Large Medium. In 2011, she had a small part in the Hammer Horror film The Resident playing the realtor. She appeared in Torchwood: Miracle Day episodes 7 Immortal Sins and 8 End of the Road. In 2012, she appeared as Dr Patty Barker, a canine psychotherapist, in An Embarrassment of Bitches, a season four episode of ABC's Castle.

Visitor was married to Nick Miscusi from 1989 to 1994. They have one child together. Visitor began dating her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Alexander Siddig and married him in June 1997. They divorced in April 2001. They had a son together, and her pregnancy was incorporated into her character and the series storyline, beginning in the 1996 fourth season episode Body Parts. She gave birth to her son Django on September 16th, 1996, during the production of the episode The Assignment, though her character would remain pregnant until the fifth season episode The Begotten. In early 2002, Visitor became engaged to Matthew Rimmer, company manager for the musical Chicago, and they wed in April 2003.

Visitor and her Star Trek: Deep Space Nine co-star Terry Farrell were honoured in 2001 when William Kwong Yu Yeung named two Small Solar System bodies he had discovered after them – asteroid 26733 Nanavisitor and asteroid 26734 Terryfarrell.

Film Career:
  • 1977 The Sentinel
  • 2008 Babysitter Wanted
  • 2008 Swing Vote
  • 2009 Friday the 13th
  • 2011 The Resident
  • 2015 A Rising Tide
  • 2015 Ted 2
Television Career:
  • 1976 Ivan the Terrible
  • 1978 – 1979 Ryan's Hope
  • 1982 One Life to Live
  • 1985 Hunter
  • 1985 MacGyver
  • 1986 Knight Rider
  • 1986 Highway to Heaven
  • 1987 MacGyver
  • 1987 Matlock
  • 1987 The Colby’s
  • 1988 Night Court
  • 1988 In the Heat of the Night
  • 1989 Matlock
  • 1989 Doogie Howser, M.D.
  • 1990 Working Girl
  • 1990 Murder, She Wrote
  • 1993 Matlock
  • 1993 – 1999 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • 1998 The Outer Limits
  • 2001 Dark Angel
  • 2003 Frasier
  • 2004 According to Jim
  • 2005 – 2008 Wildfire
  • 2008 Battlestar Galactica
  • 2009 – 2014 Family Guy
  • 2011 Torchwood: Miracle Day
  • 2011 Grimm
  • 2017 Dynasty
  • 2019 Killer Grandma