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Carolanne Adama

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For information on this character's Original Series counterpart, see Ila.
Carolanne Adama
Carolanne Adama


Colony Caprica (presumed)
Birth place {{{birthplace}}}
Birth Name Carolanne
Birth Date {{{birthdate}}}
Nickname Anne
Introduced [[{{{seen}}}]]
Death Presumably during the Cylon Attack
Children Zak and Lee Adama
Marital Status Divorced from William Adama, Engaged to someone else at the time of the Cylon Attack
Family Tree View
Serial Number {{{serial}}}
Portrayed by Lucinda Jenney
Carolanne Adama is a Cylon
Carolanne Adama is a Final Five Cylon
Carolanne Adama is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Carolanne Adama is an Original Series Cylon
Additional Information
Carolanne Adama in the separate continuity
[[Image:|200px|Carolanne Adama]]

Carolanne Adama is the former wife of Admiral William Adama, mother of Lee "Apollo" Adama and the late Zak Adama.


The Adamas' marriage was challenging from the start, as William Adama was often reassigned from base to base.

Her father was friends with an important member of the Defense Subcommittee; it was partly through this connection that her husband was able to reinstate both himself and Saul Tigh in the Colonial Fleet after their post-war furlough (TRS: "Scattered"). Since William returned to the Fleet twenty-three years before the events of the Miniseries (Sources:Adama's Dossier), it stands to reason that he and Carolanne were married some time before that.

Carolanne knew Bill's longtime friend Saul Tigh and his wife Ellen. Ellen would later remark that Lee was the spitting image of Carolanne (TRS: "Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down").

Due to William's commitments to the Colonial Fleet, Carolanne raised both children by herself. The strain of William's absence and his commitment to the Colonial Fleet caused the Adamas' eventual divorce.

Carolanne suffered mood swings that upset the others in her family, according to her oldest son, Lee. Later drinking binges after the divorce prevented her from fulfilling (and later apologizing for) promises she failed to keep. Lee Adama believed that, while his father loved his mother, the reverse was not true (TRS: "A Day in the Life").

Adama and her husband had little contact since their divorce. At the time of the Cylon Attack, Lee Adama tells his father that she is getting married to someone else (TRS: "Miniseries").

It is presumed that Carolanne Adama perished in the Cylon attack. William Adama takes the occasion of his wedding anniversary each year to recollect his late ex-wife's memory (TRS: "A Day in the Life").

A flashback image of Adama at Zak Adama's funeral by an uncredited actress in "Act of Contrition."

Family tree

William Adama Sr.
Isabelle Adama
Sam Adama
Evelyn Adama
Joseph Adama
Shannon Adama
Carolanne Adama
William "Bill" Adama
Tamara Adama
William "Willie" Adama
Zak Adama
Lee Adama
Anastasia Dualla


  • Carolanne Adama was first referred to as "Caroline Adama" in the first season episode "Act of Contrition". In the second season episode "Scattered", during a flashback to William Adama and Saul Tigh's days aboard a tramp freighter, Adama refers to his new wife as "Anne". William Adama's wife was referred to as "Carolanne" for the first time in the third season episode "The Passage".
  • According to the extended editing session podcast for "A Day in the Life", Carolanne's name was originally Caroline. RDM and the other editors note that the change occurred when Olmos used the name Carolanne instead of Caroline. Ever since, Adama's wife has been called Carolanne by the staff.

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