Layne Ishay

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Layne Ishay
Layne Ishay


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Birth Name Layne Ishay
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Introduced Scattered
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Role Paramedic, battlestar Galactica
Serial Number 247683[1]
Portrayed by Kerry Norton
Layne Ishay is a Cylon
Layne Ishay is a Final Five Cylon
Layne Ishay is a Human/Cylon Hybrid
Layne Ishay is an Original Series Cylon
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Paramedic Layne Ishay is a medic serving on Galactica.

One of the many resource shortfalls of Galactica's ongoing logistical nightmare is a shortage of medical personnel. Doctor Sherman Cottle is the only trained physician on board, supplemented by a handful of medics. As a result, Ishay has been required to step up to perform medical procedures she wouldn't normally be expected to perform.

Immediately after the attempted assassination of commanding officer William Adama by Sharon "Boomer" Valerii, and with the absence of Doctor Cottle from Galactica during her isolation from the rest of the Fleet, Commander Adama's life is left in the hands of Galactica's paramedics.

After it becomes clear that no other aid is arriving, and that the commander would be lost without immediate action, Colonel Tigh orders Ishay to operate on Adama (TRS: "Scattered").

Despite never having performed an operation in her life, Ishay's emergency thoracic surgery stabilizes Adama's condition until Doctor Cottle returns, who, with Ishay's assistance, stops the commander's internal bleeding (TRS: "Fragged").

Ishay later assists Dr. Cottle in delivering Caprica-Valerii's Cylon-human hybrid baby, Hera, by emergency surgery (TRS: "Downloaded").

After Baltar's capture on the algae planet, she assists Doctor Cottle in his interrogation (TRS: "Taking a Break From All Your Worries").

Ishay assists Cottle with a sonagram to show Caprica-Six and Colonel Tigh their unborn child, pointing out the elements of the sonagram to Tigh. When Tigh realizes what he is looking at is the small form of his own baby, he feels overwhelmed a little at the sight, and asks for a drink. Cottle offers a cigarette instead to Tigh as he lights one for himself, to Ishay's chagrin. While she is going to get a fetal monitor for the child, She passes Felix Gaeta, in to get his prosthetic leg cared for. Gaeta is annoyed at all the attention that the Cylons are getting, and Ishay offers her support, which further annoyed the lieutenant.

Ishay is present when Dr. Cottle informs Galen Tyrol that his son is suffering early renal failure but treatment should prevent a damaged kidney. The problems complicate when Tyrol reminds the medical team that his child is half-Cylon, but Ishay tries to tell Cottle to inform Tyrol of something important. Cottle dismisses Ishay and speaks with Tyrol privately, telling him that Nicholas is not actually his son (TRS: "A Disquiet Follows My Soul").

Following the Gaeta's Mutiny, Ishay is present assisting Cottle to perform surgery on Samuel T. Anders, who was badly injured in the mutiny. Following his brain surgery, Kara Thrace, Anders' wife, tried to talk to him, but Ishay said quite blantly that Anders was more or less comatose (TRS: "No Exit").

Following the accident that killed or wounded 62 workers, including 26 Cylons, Ishay was assisting Cottle with the wounded (TRS: "Islanded in a Stream of Stars").

When Adama starts planning a rescue mission for Hera Agathon, Ishay discusses it with Cottle. Later she and Cottle are both among the volunteers, but while Cottle is sent back due to being too valuable, Ishay remains and became one of the people crewing Galactica on her final mission. (TRS: "Daybreak, Part I")

She is the chief medical adviser for the mission to The Colony to rescue Hera, and heads a group of volunteers as they tend to the wounded and the dead in triage. Ishay tells Laura Roslin to mark the dead with a black 'X' on their forehead in permanent marker. She is later seen giving out orders during the battle, tending to several dead and dying Marines (TRS: "Daybreak, Part II")


  • Kerry Norton is the wife of actor Jamie Bamber (Lee Adama). Her character's "accent" is, of course, the stereotypical accent of British citizens. Her husband is also British, but puts on an American accent when portraying Lee Adama.
  • In a deleted scene, Ishay delivers the news of Hera's alleged death to D'anna Biers, who plotted with Gina Inviere and Gaius Baltar to abduct the baby from Galactica.
  • Ishay speaks with an accent similar to that which Gaius Baltar affects, and which he identifies as the speech of Caprica (TRS: "Dirty Hands"). Other Capricans, however, do not share this accent (See "Language in the Twelve Colonies" for more information).
  • Ishay's final fate is unknown as she is not seen on Earth in the end.


  1. This information comes from her dogtags.