Amanda Tapping


Amanda Tapping Biography

Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress, producer and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian-American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. She also starred as Helen Magnus in the Syfy Channel series Sanctuary.

Early life and education

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.

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.

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. In season five however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances due to her choosing to focus attention on the development of a new series for Syfy called Sanctuary. The show expanded on an original series of eight webisodes released on the internet in 2007. The bulk of the scenery and characters were entirely green screen and CGI creations. Tapping served as both star and executive producer of the show.

Tapping is also working with William Shatner on a 2011 animated webisode series "The Zenoids", written by Alan Dean Foster. Tapping and Shatner voice characters and Tapping is executive producer.

In 2007, she won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress for her role in the short film Breakdown.

On September 18, 2012, she was cast as an angel named Naomi on the TV series Supernatural. She has appeared in 7 episodes so far.

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. She directed the seventh episode of Sanctuary season two titled "Veritas". She has directed three episodes (6, 8 and 10) of Primeval: New World and one episode (2.12) of Continuum.

Personal life

As of 2004, Tapping lives with her husband, Alan Kovacs, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has one daughter, Olivia, 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.

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1996 What Kind of Mother Are You? Ingrid Elstad
1997 ' Cassie
1997 Booty Call Dr. Moore
2001 ' Prof. Eva Soderstrom
2002 Stuck Liz
2002 Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox
2006 Breakdown Mary Johnson Short film
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter
2008 Stargate: Continuum Colonel Samantha Carter
2009 Dancing Trees Josephina Rooney
2012 Space Milkshake Valentina Post-production
2012 Random Acts of Romance Dianne
2012 Taken Back: Finding Haley Susan
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 GooseBumps Mrs. MERTON TV film
1995 Rent-A-Kid Mrs. Nicely TV film
1995 Net Worth Colleen Howe TV film
1995 ' Gina/Angel TV film
1995 Degree of Guilt Marcy TV film
1996 Remembrance Linda TV film
1996 Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann TV film
1994 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross Episode: "Near Death"
1996 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni 6 episodes
1996 Due South Audrey McKenna Episode: "Starman"
1996 ' Carina Sayles Episode: "Avatar"
1997"2007 Stargate SG-1 Captain/Major/Lt. Col. Samantha Carter 211 episodes
1998 Millennium Dr. Cantor Episode: "Borrowed Time"
1998 ' Cmdr. Kate Girard Episode: "The Joining"
2000 Blacktop Waitress TV film
2004 Legend of Earthsea Lady Elfarren TV film
2004 Traffic Home owner's wife Miniseries
2004"2005 Proof Positive Host 10 episodes
2005"2009 Stargate Atlantis Colonel Samantha Carter 25 episodes
2006 Engaged to Kill Detective Burns
2007 Sanctuary Helen Magnus 8 episodes
2008"2011 Sanctuary Helen Magnus 59 episodes
2008 Ghost Hunters Herself
2009"2010 Stargate Universe Colonel Samantha Carter
2010 Canadian Comedy Shorts Mary Johnson Episode: "Holy War Dance Party"
2012-2013 Supernatural Naomi Episodes: "A Little Slice of Kevin"
"Hunteri Heroici"
"Torn and Frayed"
"Goodbye Stranger"
"Taxi Driver"
"The Great Escapist"
"Sacrifice"

2013 Motive Dr. Kate Robbins Episode: "The One Who Got Away"

Theatre

  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Lion in Winter as "Alais Capet"
  • Steel Magnolias " West End Theater
  • Look Back in Anger as "Alison" (1986)
  • Children of a Lesser God as "Sarah" (1987)
  • The Taming of the Shrew as "Bianca" (1988)
  • Noises Off
  • The Shadow Walkers

Awards and nominations

Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.

Year Award Category For Result
2000 Leo Award Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Stargate SG-1: "Point of View"
2000 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television "
2001 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Stargate SG-1: "2010"
2001 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television "
2002 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance " Female Stargate SG-1: "Ascension"
2002 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television "
2004 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Direction Stargate SG-1: "Resurrection"
2004 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Stargate SG-1: "Grace"
2004 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television "
2005 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Stargate SG-1: "Threads"
2007 Canadian Comedy Award Best Actress (Film) Breakdown
2009 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series Stargate: Continuum
2009 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode Sanctuary: "Requiem"
2009 Constellation Award Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2008 "
2009 Leo Award Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Stargate: Continuum
2009 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Sanctuary: "Requiem"
2009 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Sanctuary
2010 Women of Distinction Awards Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements Sanctuary for Kids Received
2012 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Sanctuary: "Tempus"
2012 Jules Verne Award Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements Sanctuary for Kids Received



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