Tapping in 2013.
28 August 1965 |
Rochford, Essex, England
|Occupation||Actress, Producer, Director|
|Spouse(s)||Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)|
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.
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'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.
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.
|1996||What Kind of Mother Are You?||Ingrid Elstad|
|1997||Booty Call||Dr. Moore|
|2001||The Void||Prof. Eva Soderstrom|
|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||Random Acts of Romance||Dianne|
|GooseBumps||Mrs. MERTON||TV film|
|1995||Rent-A-Kid||Mrs. Nicely||TV film|
|1995||Net Worth||Colleen Howe||TV film|
|1995||The Haunting of Lisa||Gina/Angel||TV film|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Marcy||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||The X-Files||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||The Outer Limits||Cmdr. Kate Girard||Episode: "The Joining"|
|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|
|2009–2010||Stargate Universe||Colonel Samantha Carter||
|2010||Canadian Comedy Shorts||Mary Johnson||Episode: "Holy War Dance Party"|
"A Little Slice of Kevin"
|2013||Motive||Dr. Kate Robbins||Episode: "The One Who Got Away"|
- 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.
|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|
|2012||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Sanctuary: "Tempus"||Nominated|
- Amanda Tapping at the Internet Movie Database
- Warriner, Tiffany. "Amanda Tapping BFA '88". University of Windsor. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "Biography". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 14 September 2009.
- Ryan, Maureen (20 February 2007). "Amanda Tapping joins 'Stargate Atlantis'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Atlantis To Start Season 5". Sci Fi Wire. SCI FI. 6 February 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Veteran actor says animated webisodes series 'The Zenoids' will become TV series or film." "Hollywood Reporter", 4 Feb 2011 
- "The Archives – 2007". The Comedy Network. CTVglobemedia. Retrieved 14 September 2008.
- "Official Stargate Website: Episode: Resurrection". MGM. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
- Szymanski, Mike (11 September 2009). "How did Amanda Tapping produce, direct and act Sanctuary". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
- Tapping, Amanda (26 December 2006). "From Amanda – Her brother Steven". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 16 October 2009.
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- Amanda Tapping on Sanctuary Wiki, an external wiki