Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Tapping at the Phoenix Comicon, 2013
Born Amanda Tapping
(1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 52)
Rochford, Essex, England
Other names Amanda Kovacs
Education North Toronto Collegiate Institute, University of Windsor
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Allan Kovacs (m. 1994)
Children 1
Website www.amandatapping.com

Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress 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 science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary.

Early life[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]

Career[edit]

Tapping at Comic Con 2007 in San Diego

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 5, however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances[5] 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.[6]

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

On 18 September 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 seven episodes.[8]

She was also named as ACTRA's 2015 Woman of the Year. ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in Canada.

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, 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, Van Helsing, The Magicians and Supernatural. She also directed Season 1 Episode 12 of Netflix 2016 Original Show Travelers; Tapping directed the season finale of the 2017 series Anne with an "E".[11]

Personal life[edit]

Tapping married Alan Kovacs in 1994. As of 2004, she lives with her husband in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has two living brothers, Richard and Christopher. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.[12] Tapping has one daughter, Olivia, born on 22 March 2005.

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
2002 Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Samantha Carter Video
2008 Stargate: Continuum Samantha Carter Video
2009 Dancing Trees Josephina Rooney
2012 Space Milkshake Valentina
2012 Random Acts of Romance Dianne
2014 Kid Cannabis Teressia Lee Franks
20?? Hell in a Handbag Mother Superior Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross "Near Death"
1995 Degree of Guilt Marcy TV film
1995 Net Worth Colleen Howe TV film
1996 Side Effects Dr. Barbara Bertrand "Easy Breathing"
1996 Goosebumps Mrs. Merton "It Came from Beneath the Sink"
1996 Due South Audrey McKenna "Starman"
1996 Haunting of Lisa, TheThe Haunting of Lisa Gina / Angel TV film
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Annie "Shaolin Shot"
1996 X-Files, TheThe X-Files Carina Sayles "Avatar"
1996 Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann TV film
1996 Remembrance Linda TV film
1996 Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom Lindsay Ward "Dinner at Eight"
1996-97 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni Recurring role
1997-2007 Stargate SG-1 Samantha Carter Main role
1998 Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard "The Joining"
1999 Millennium Dr. Cantor "Borrowed Time"
2004 Traffic Home Owners Wife TV miniseries
2005 Earthsea Lady Elfarren TV miniseries
2005-09 Stargate Atlantis Samantha Carter Recurring role
2006 Engaged to Kill Det. Burns TV film
2007-11 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Main role
2009-10 Riese: Kingdom Falling Narrator Main role
2009-10 Stargate Universe Col. Samantha Carter "Air: Part 1", "Incursion: Part 1"
2010 Canadian Comedy Shorts Mary Johnson "Breakdown"
2012 Taken Back: Finding Haley Susan TV film
2012-13 Supernatural Naomi Recurring role
2013 Motive Dr. Kate Robbins "The One That Got Away"
2014 Package Deal Jillian "Danny's New Job", "Everybody Loves Beth"
2015 Killjoys Dr. Jaeger "Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye"

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 on IMDb
  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. The Watcher. 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. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^ "'Supernatural' spoilers: Amanda Tapping cast in major new angel role, Mike Farrell goes mental". Zap2It. 
  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. ^ AnneTheSeries [@AnneTheSeries] (April 30, 2017). "#AnneTheSeries Season Finale Tonight at 8/8:30NT on @CBC (also, it's directed by @amandatapping!)" (Tweet). Retrieved June 3, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ Tapping, Amanda (26 December 2006). "From Amanda – Her brother Steven". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 

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