Claudia Lee Black
11 October 1972
(m. 2004; div. 2016)
Claudia Lee Black (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian-American actress, best known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in Farscape, Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1 and Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery in the film Pitch Black. She has had prominent roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in Uncharted, Morrigan in Dragon Age, Admiral Daro'Xen and Matriarch Aethyta in Mass Effect and Tess Everis in Destiny and Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3, Gears of War 4, and Gears of War 5. She also had a recurring role as Dahlia in The Originals and starred as Dr. Sabine Lommers in The CW's Containment.
Black was born and raised in a Jewish family in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She studied at the Anglican Kambala School, in Sydney. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. Her parents are medical academics Jules and Judy Black based in Australia.
Black has acted in Australia and New Zealand in television and movies. She portrayed a transgender woman named Jill Mayhew in the Australian television series Good Guys, Bad Guys. She had a leading role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life playing the role of Greek lawyer Angela Kostapas.
Black gained international recognition for her role in Farscape, and was nominated for a Saturn Award in the Best Actress category in both 2001 and 2002, and won the award in 2005. She has appeared in the feature films Queen of the Damned and Pitch Black. After Farscape ended, Black appeared as Vala Mal Doran in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prometheus Unbound"; her performance was well-received and she was invited to reprise her role in the show's ninth season when series regular Amanda Tapping went on maternity leave. Black returned to the series as a regular cast member for the tenth and final season, and also starred in Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, films which wrapped up the series' story lines. Black co-starred with Ben Browder in both series.
In the NBC TV show Life (2007), Black was cast in the supporting role of Jennifer Conover for the initial pilot. Due to Black's second pregnancy, the part was recast and the role was given to the actress Jennifer Siebel when the series was bought by the TV network. NBC still used footage of Black, and none of Siebel, when promoting the TV series' debut.
Popular at science fiction conventions, Black showed her talent at singing and playing the guitar at the Farscape conventions, and in 2007 sang on the debut album of musician and fellow Farscape actor Paul Goddard.
Black has performed in theater. She played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice. She has had parts in Spotlight on Women, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Loose Ends and Pick Ups for the Belvoir street theatre; Little Women and The World Knot for the Bicentennial Opera.
Since 2007, Black has been a prolific video game voice actress. She has gained particular attention for her work with BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect series. Her son Odin Black voiced her Dragon Age character's son in Dragon Age: Inquisition. She also played Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series.
In 2014 she voices the vendor Tess Everis in the game Destiny and again in 2017 for Destiny 2.
|2000||Pitch Black||Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery|
|2002||Queen of the Damned||Pandora|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Vala Mal Doran||Direct-to-video|
|2008||WarGames: The Dead Code||R.I.P.L.E.Y. |
|2008||Stargate: Continuum||Vala Mal Doran / Qetesh|
|2012||Justice League: Doom||Cheetah
|2012||Strange Frame||Parker C. Boyd
|2012||The Alchemist Agenda||Ariel|
|2013||Rain from Stars||Donna|
|1992||Home and Away||Sandra||2 episodes|
|1993||Seven Deadly Sins||Extra||Miniseries|
|1993||G.P.||Joanna||Episode: "A Thousand Flowers"|
|1993||Police Rescue||Julia||Episode: "Double Illusion"|
|1993||A Country Practice||Claire Bonacci||4 episodes|
|1996–98||City Life||Angela Kostapas||26 episodes|
|1997||Amazon High||Karina||Television film|
|1997||Water Rats||Beth Williams||Episode: "All at Sea"|
|1997–98||Hercules: The Legendary Journeys||Cassandra||2 episodes|
|1998||Good Guys, Bad Guys||Jill Mayhew||Episode: "Naughty Bits"|
|1999||A Twist in the Tale||Morgana||Episode: "Obsession in August"|
|1999||Steel Angel Kurumi||Steel Angel Mikhail
|1999–2003||Farscape||Aeryn Sun||88 episodes|
|2000||Xena: Warrior Princess||Karina||Episode: "Lifeblood"|
|2001||BeastMaster||Huna||Episode: "Wild Child"|
|2004||Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars||Aeryn Sun||Miniseries|
|2004–07||Stargate SG-1||Vala Mal Doran||29 episodes|
|2007||The Dresden Files||Liz Fontaine||Episode: "The Other Dick"|
|2008||Moonlight||The Cleaner||Episode: "Sonata"|
|2010||NCIS||Velvet Road||Episode: "Borderland"|
|2011||90210||Guru Sona||3 episodes|
|2012||Haven||Moira||Episode: "Magic Hour"|
|2014–present||Rick and Morty||Mar-Sha, Ventriloquiver
|2015||The Originals||Dahlia||6 episodes|
|2016||Containment||Sabine Lommers||13 episodes|
|2019–20||Roswell, New Mexico||Ann Evans||3 episodes|
|2019–21||Final Space||Sheryl Goodspeed
|2021||The Nevers||Stripe||1 episode|
|2002||Farscape: The Game||Aeryn Sun|
|2003||Lords of EverQuest||Lady Briana|
|2005||God of War||Artemis|
|2005||Neopets: The Darkest Faerie||Fauna|
|2009||Uncharted 2: Among Thieves||Chloe Frazer|
|2009||Dragon Age: Origins||Morrigan|
|2010||Mass Effect 2||Admiral Daro'Xen vas Moreh, Matriarch Aethyta, Rachni Envoy|
|2010||Final Fantasy XIV||Narrator|
|2011||TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea||Elf Commander Fraya|
|2011||Gears of War 3||Samantha Byrne|
|2011||Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception||Chloe Frazer|
|2012||Mass Effect 3||Admiral Daro'Xen vas Moreh, Matriarch Aethyta|
|2012||Diablo III||Cydaea, Mistress of Pain|
|2012||The Amazing Spider-Man||Whitney Chang|
|2014||Diablo III: Reaper of Souls||Cydaea, Mistress of Pain|
|2014||Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor||Queen Marwen|
|2014||Dragon Age: Inquisition||Morrigan|
|2016||Uncharted 4: A Thief's End||Chloe Frazer||Multiplayer only|
|2016||Gears of War 4||Samantha Byrne|
|2016||World of Final Fantasy||Leviathan|
|2016||Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare||Audrey "Mac" MaCullum|
|2017||Uncharted: The Lost Legacy||Chloe Frazer|
|2017||Destiny 2||Tess Everis|
|2017||Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus||Jessica "Silent Death" Valiant|
|2018||Killing Floor 2||Mrs Foster||Mrs Foster Content Pack DLC|
- 2009 – The Constellation Awards, Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series: Stargate: Continuum
- 2007 – The Constellation Awards, Best Female Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode: Stargate SG-1: "Memento Mori"
- 2004 – Saturn Award, Best Actress, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
- Ogilvie, Tristan. "The Ten Commandments of Gears of War 3". IGN.
- Wills, Adam (22 July 2009). "Jews Get Geek on at Comic-Con". Jewish Journal.
- Claudia Black Online: Biography. Archived 9 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on 7 January 2013.
- "Claudia L. Black". Moby Games.
- "Claudia Black was scheduled to be on the new NBC TV Show pilot called Life". Archived from the original on 14 October 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2007.
- "Claudia Black". metacritic.
- Hamilton, Laurell K. (2008). Swallowing Darkness. Black, Claudia (narrator). Penguin. ISBN 9780739370452.
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