Her brother, Clark McFadden, is an international trade attorney in Washington, D.C.
Gates McFadden's mother; Veronica Gates McFadden died of cancer on February 7, 2005.
She dropped her first name after earning her first few credits as a muppet choreographer.
In January 2003, she appeared at the Star Trek Convention in London, England.
She admitted that she was always closest to Patrick Stewart and she sees him more often than the others since he now lives in the United Kingdom and she has a home in France in additon to one in Los Angeles.
McFadden has been quoted as saying her son grew up on the bridge of the Enterprise, and he was upset when the sets were torn down following "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
Her theater credits include the following:
Every Good Boy Deserves Favor
How to Say Goodbye
L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Story)
To Gillian on her 37 Birthday
Voices in the Dark
Beyond the Groove
She was trained in stage sword fighting while she was appearing in "Star Trek: The Next Generation".
She appeared alongside fellow "Star Trek: The Next Generation" cast member Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spinner, and Colm Meaney in a production of "Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," which was performed in four cities.
In 2004, she was living in the South of France, where she was restoring an old theatre with the help of her husband.
In November 2005, she was teaching at the University of Southern California.
During the spring of 2006, Gates appeared in a series of television commercials for Microsoft Corporation.
Gates McFadden: (on auditioning for "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987)) I walked in and was told they had three parts, and I could play any part I wanted. 'Okay', I asked, `Which one is the funniest?' Beverly Crusher. I swear to god. Seriously! So I go, 'Okay, fine' and I look at the scene and it's a scene from 'The Naked Now' and that's funny because she's kind of drunk and I thought, 'This is funny.' So, that's about the only funny scene in seven seasons!
Gates McFadden: (referring to the boat scene in "Star Trek Generations") Shooting the boat sequences, I think, is probably something all of us have a story to tell about. I can tell you that the boat was supposed to be pitching back and forth, so we all had to really pitch back and forth... for days. At times, it was very funny and we were all having a good laugh, and at other times, it wasn't at all funny and it could be quite tiring. But it's a terrific scene.
Gates McFadden: It's wonderful that the show was so imaginative and creative. I'm glad to be a part of it. I get many kids telling me that they would like a mom like Beverly Crusher, and they feel I can solve their problems. It's not an easy world to grow up in. It's tough. And it's nice to think we are doing our bit to help. I always wish I had more to do, but I got my moments and direction [the seventh season episode] 'Genesis' was, without question, the high point of my years with the show, really the culmination of my Star Trek experience.
Gates McFadden: Theater really is my first love. I love the stage, performing for an audience. Some of my favorite credits would have to be the Shakespeare work I did in New York and To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday. I also loved working with Jim Henson on "The Muppets Take Manhattan" and "Labyrinth". I've also loved "Star Trek: The Next Generation".