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Amanda Tapping

Amanda Tapping at Comic Con 2007
Born 28 August 1965 (1965-08-28) (age 44)
Rochford, Essex, England
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Alan Kovacs
Official website

Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965 in Rochford, Essex) is an English-born Canadian actress and producer. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Currently she stars as Dr. Helen Magnus in the Syfy Channel series Sanctuary.

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Background

Born in Rochford, Essex, England, she moved with her family to Ontario, Canada when she was three years old. She attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute where she excelled in environmental science and drama. However, when she finished in 1984, she decided to focus her attention on drama, attending the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Arts in Windsor, Ontario.[1]

As of 2004, Tapping lives with her husband, Alan Kovacs, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has one daughter, Olivia B., born on 22 March, 2005. Tapping has two living brothers, Richard and Christopher. Chris is her fraternal twin, who works in Toronto as a database administrator. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.[2]

Acting career

After graduation Tapping continued to study theatrical arts while performing in several stage productions. She appeared in several television commercials and played a variety of roles in television and film productions, such as The Outer Limits and The X-Files. She also formed a comedy troupe, the "Random Acts", with collaborators Katherine Jackson and Anne Marie Kerr, in Toronto in the early 1990s.[3]

In costume as Samantha Carter, during filming for Stargate: Continuum.

Tapping is best known for her portrayal of Samantha Carter in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, which debuted in 1997. After SG-1 aired its final episode, Tapping reprised the role of Samantha Carter on Stargate Atlantis as the new commander of the Atlantis expedition.[4] In season five however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances[5] due to her choosing to focus attention on the development of a new series for Syfy called Sanctuary. The show consisted of 13 episodes, which expanded on an original show released on the internet in 2007 as a series of eight webisodes, where the bulk of the scenery and characters are entirely green screen and CGI creations. Tapping serves as both star and executive producer of the show.

In 2007, Tapping won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress for her role in the short film Breakdown.[6]

Directing experience

Tapping's first directing experience was during the seventh season of Stargate SG-1 on an episode titled "Resurrection", written by co-star Michael Shanks.[7] She directed the episode seven of Sanctuary season two titled "Veritas".[8]

Selected Filmography

Actress
Year Film Role Other notes
1994 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross Television Series, episode "Near Death"
1995 Rent-A-Kid Mrs. Nicely Television movie
Net Worth Colleen Howe Television movie
The Haunting of Lisa Gina/Angel Television movie
Degree of Guilt Marcy Television movie
1996 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni Television series
Remembrance Linda Television movie
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann Television movie
What Kind of Mother Are You? Ingrid Elstad Film
Due South Audrey McKenna Television Series, episode "Starman"
The X-Files Carina Sayles Television Series, episode "Avatar"
1997 The Donor Cassie Film
Booty Call Dr. Moore Film
Stargate SG-1 Captain/Major/Lt. Col./Col. Samantha Carter Television series, starring 1997-2007
1998 Millennium Dr. Cantor Television Series, episode "Borrowed Time"
The Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard Television Series, episode "The Joining"
2000 Blacktop Waitress Television movie
2001 The Void Prof. Eva Soderstrom Direct-to-DVD Film
2002 Stuck Liz Film
Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox Film
2004 Traffic Home Owners Wife Television miniseries
Legend of Earthsea Lady Elfarren Television movie
Proof Positive Host Television series 2004-2005
2005 Stargate Atlantis Colonel Samantha Carter Television 2005 - 2009, Starring 2007-2008
2006 Breakdown Mary Johnson Short film
Engaged to Kill Detective Burns Television movie
2007 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Web Series
2008 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Television series, Starring 2008 - present
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD Film
Stargate: Continuum Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD Film
Ghost Hunters Herself 2008 Halloween Live
2009 Dancing Trees Mother Film
Stargate Universe Colonel Samantha Carter Television series, 2 episodes

Theatre

Awards and nominations

Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.

Year Award Category Episode/Film Result
2000 Leo Award Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Stargate SG-1: "Point of View" Nominated
2000 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2001 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Stargate SG-1: "2010" Nominated
2001 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2002 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance - Female Stargate SG-1: "Ascension" Won
2002 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Nominated
2004 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Direction Stargate SG-1: "Resurrection" Nominated
2004 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Stargate SG-1: "Grace" Won
2004 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television Won
2005 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Stargate SG-1: "Threads" Won
2007 Canadian Comedy Award Best Actress (Film) Breakdown Won
2009 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series Stargate: Continuum Nominated
2009 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode Sanctuary: "Requiem" Nominated
2009 Constellation Award Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2008 Nominated
2009 Leo Award Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Stargate: Continuum Nominated
2009 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Sanctuary: "Requiem" Won
2009 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Sanctuary Nominated

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