Tapping at the Phoenix Comicon, 2013
28 August 1965
Rochford, Essex, England
|Other names||Amanda Kovacs|
|Education||North Toronto Collegiate Institute, University of Windsor|
|Spouse(s)||Allan Kovacs (m. 1994)|
Amanda Tapping (born 28 August, 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress. 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 science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary.
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 5, however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances because she chose to focus her 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.
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, three episodes (2.12; 3.06; 3.07) of Continuum, and four episodes (5, 6, 9 and 10) of Olympus and more recently directed episodes of Dark Matter and Van Helsing. She also directed Season 1 Episode 12 of Netflix 2016 Original Show Travelers;
Tapping married Alan Kovacs in 1994. As of 2004, she lives with her husband in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tapping has one daughter, Olivia, born on 22 March 2005. She has two living brothers, Richard and Christopher. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.
|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|
|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||Col. Samantha Carter||Video|
|2009||Dancing Trees||Josephina Rooney|
|Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods||Capt. Samantha Carter||Video - re-release|
|Random Acts of Romance||Dianne|
|2014||Kid Cannabis||Teressia Lee Franks|
|Hell in a Handbag||Mother Superior|
|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|
|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)
Also executive producer
|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"|
|2015||Killjoys||Dr. Jaeger||Episode: "Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye"|
- 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|
|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|
- 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. The Watcher. 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.
- "'Supernatural' spoilers: Amanda Tapping cast in major new angel role, Mike Farrell goes mental". Zap2It.
- "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.