Miquel Brown, born Michael Brown in Montreal, was raised in Vancouver, Canada. She changed to Miquel so people wouldn't confuse her with a guy, a ploy that didn't help much since she kept her hair very short. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor but she had entertainment on the brain and frequented nightclubs without their knowledge. On Summer break from the University of Washington, where she was studying medicine, she got her first break. She auditioned for Hair in Detroit and landed the part of Sheila and toured with the cast all over the States. She never went back to the University of Washington.