Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping OCC Adelaide 2014 (cropped).jpg
Amanda Tapping at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide, Australia in 2014.
Born (1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 49)
Rochford, Essex, England
Education North Toronto Collegiate Institute, University of Windsor
Occupation Actress, Producer, Director
Spouse(s) Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)
Children Olivia B. Kovacs (b. 2005)
Website
www.amandatapping.com

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[edit]

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][2]

Acting career[edit]

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

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]

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 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 was reportedly 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.[6]

In 2007, she won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress for her role in the short film Breakdown.[7]

On September 18, 2012, she was cast as an angel named Naomi on season 8 of the TV series Supernatural. She was a recurring character who appeared in 7 episodes.[8]

Directing experience[edit]

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.[9] She directed the seventh episode of Sanctuary season two titled "Veritas".[10] She has directed three episodes (6, 8 and 10) of Primeval: New World and three episodes (2.12; 3.06; 3.07) of Continuum.

Personal life[edit]

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. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Donor, TheThe Donor Cassie
1996 What Kind of Mother Are You? Ingrid Elstad
1997 Booty Call Dr. Moore
2001 Void, TheThe Void Prof. Eva Soderstrom Video
2002 Stuck Liz
Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox
2005 Engaged to Kill Detective Burns
2006 Breakdown Mary Johnson Short film
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Lt. Col. Samantha Carter Video
Stargate: Continuum Lt. Col. Samantha Carter Video
2009 Dancing Trees Josephina Rooney
Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods Capt. Samantha Carter Video
2012 Space Milkshake Valentina
Random Acts of Romance Dianne
2014 Kid Cannabis Mother of Neith Completed
Hell in a Handbag Mother Superior Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross Episode: "Near Death"
Degree of Guilt Marcy TV film
Rent-a-Kid Mrs. Nicely TV film
Net Worth Colleen Howe TV film
1996 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni Recurring role (6 episodes)
Side Effects Dr. Barbara Bertrand Episode: "Easy Breathing"
Goosebumps Mrs. Merton Episode: "It Came from Beneath the Sink"
Due South Audrey McKenna Episode: "Starman"
Haunting of Lisa, TheThe Haunting of Lisa Gina / Angel TV film
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues' Annie Episode: "Shaolin Shot"
X-Files, TheThe X-Files Carina Sayles Episode: "Avatar"
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann TV film
Remembrance Linda TV film
Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom Lindsay Ward Episode: "Dinner at Eight"
1997-2007 Stargate SG-1 Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter Main role (211 episodes)
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard Episode: "The Joining"
1999 Millennium Dr. Cantor Episode: "Borrowed Time"
2004 Earthsea Lady Elfarren TV miniseries
2005-2009 Stargate Atlantis Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel Samantha Carter Season 1-3, 5 (Recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4 (Regular role; 14 episodes)
2006 Engaged to Kill Det. Burns TV film
2007-2011 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Main role (67 episodes)
2009-2010 Riese: Kingdom Falling Narrator Regular role (10 episodes)
Stargate Universe Col. Samantha Carter Episodes: "Air: Part 1" and "Incursion: Part 1"
2012 Taken Back: Finding Haley Susan TV film
2012-2013 Supernatural Naomi Recurring role (7 episodes)
2013 Motive Dr. Kate Robbins Episode: "The One That Got Away"

Theatre[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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" 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
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" Nominated
2012 Jules Verne Award Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements Sanctuary for Kids Received

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amanda Tapping at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Warriner, Tiffany. "Amanda Tapping BFA '88". University of Windsor. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Biography". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Ryan, Maureen (20 February 2007). "Amanda Tapping joins 'Stargate Atlantis'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 17 September 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Veteran actor says animated webisodes series 'The Zenoids' will become TV series or film." "Hollywood Reporter", 4 Feb 2011 [1]
  7. ^ "The Archives – 2007". The Comedy Network. CTVglobemedia. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/supernatural-spoilers-amanda-tapping-cast-in-major-new-angel-role-mike-farrell-goes-mental.html
  9. ^ "Official Stargate Website: Episode: Resurrection". MGM. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  10. ^ Szymanski, Mike (11 September 2009). "How did Amanda Tapping produce, direct and act Sanctuary". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  11. ^ Tapping, Amanda (26 December 2006). "From Amanda – Her brother Steven". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 

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