Claudia Black

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Claudia Black
Claudia Black (8734836861).jpg
Claudia Black, 2013
Born Claudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active 1993-present
Spouse(s) Jamie (m. 2004)

Claudia Lee Black (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress and voice actress, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction series Farscape and Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, as well as Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery in the film Pitch Black. She has also had several prominent roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.[1]

Early life[edit]

Black was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was educated at the Anglican Kambala School, in Sydney, NSW.[2] Black has lived, for extensive periods, in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and the United States.[2] Her parents are Australian Medical Academics Doctors Jules and Judy Black.

Acting career[edit]

Claudia has acted in Australian and New Zealand in television and movies. She portrayed an intersex woman named Jill Mayhew in the Australian television series Good Guys Bad Guys.[2] She also had a leading role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life playing the role of Greek lawyer Angela Kostapas.[2]

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 popular with producers and fans alike, and 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 2004, she was voted "#7 Hottest Scifi Babe" by Scifi WorldNet.

In the NBC TV show Life (2007), Black was cast in the supporting role of Jennifer Conover for the initial pilot.[3] 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 sci-fi 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.[2]

Black has also appeared in theater. She once played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice.[2] She has also 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.[2]

Since 2007, Black has also been a prolific video game voice actress. She has gained particular attention for her work with BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect series.


Title Character Year Format Notes
G. P. Joanna 1993 TV Episode: "A Thousand Flowers", part 1"
Police Rescue Julia 1993 TV Episode: "Double Illusion"
A Country Practice Claire Bonacci 1993–1994 TV Episodes: "Burning Bright", parts 1 & 2
City Life Angela Kosapas 1996 TV series
Amazon High Karina 1997 TV
Water Rats Beth Williams 1997 TV Episode: "All at Sea"
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Cassandra 1997–1998 TV Episodes: "Hercules on Trial" and "Atlantis"
Good Guys, Bad Guys Jill Mayhew 1998 TV Episode: "Naughty Bits"
A Twist in the Tale Morgana 1999 TV Episode: "Obsession in August"
Farscape Aeryn Sun 1999–2003 TV
Pitch Black Sharon Montgomery 2000 Film
Xena: Warrior Princess Amazon # 2 2000 TV Episode: "Lifeblood"
BeastMaster Huna 2001 TV
Queen of the Damned Pandora 2002 Film
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun 2004 TV
Naked in London 2005 Film Only promo trailer
One 2005 Film
Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran 2004–2006 TV First appearance: "Prometheus Unbound"
The Dresden Files Liz 2007 TV Episode: "The Other Dick"
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran 2008 Film
Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran/Qetesh 2008 Film
Moonlight The Cleaner 2008 TV Episode: "Sonata"
Spike Video Game Awards 2009 Herself 2009 TV Award/Promo Announcer
NCIS Velvet Road 2010 TV Episode: "Borderland"
90210 Guru Sona 2011 TV Episodes: "It's Getting Hot in Here", "All About a Boy" and "Revenge of the Nerd"
Haven Moira 2012 TV Episodes: "Magic Hour", parts 1 & 2
Rick and Morty Voice 2014 TV Episode: "Raising Gazorpazorp"
The Originals Dahlia 2015 TV

Voice acting[edit]

Title Character Year Format Notes
Farscape: The Game Aeryn Sun 2002 Video game
God of War Artemis 2005 Video game
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Fauna 2005 Video game
Project Sylpheed Narrator 2007 Video game [4]
Crysis Helena 2007 Video game
Conan A'kanna 2007 Video game
Stolen Life Kieru 2007 Film Machinima film
Swallowing Darkness Narrator 2008 Audio Book
WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y. 2008 Film
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Chloe Frazer 2009 Video game
Dragon Age: Origins Morrigan 2009 Video game Also in the Witch Hunt DLC
Mass Effect 2 Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta, Rachni Envoy 2010 Video game
TERA: Rising Fraya 2011 Video game
Rage Mel 2011 Video game
Gears of War 3 Samantha Byrne 2011 Video game Announced at Comic Con 2010
Rango Angelique 2011 Film
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Chloe Frazer 2011 Video game Revealed in the E3 2011 Trailer
Justice League: Doom Cheetah 2012 Film
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Alyn Shir 2012 Video game
Mass Effect 3 Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta 2012 Video game
The Amazing Spider-Man Whitney Chang 2012 Video game
Diablo III Cydaea 2012 Video game
Strange Frame Parker C. Boyd 2012 Film
Destiny Tess Everis 2014 Video game [5]
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Queen Marwen 2014 Video game
Dragon Age: Inquisition Morrigan 2014 Video game



  1. ^ Ogilvie, Tristan. "The Ten Commandments of Gears of War 3". IGN. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Claudia Black Online: Biography. Retrieved on 7 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Claudia Black was scheduled to be on the new NBC TV Show pilot called Life.". Retrieved 28 October 2007. 
  4. ^ Project Sylpheed, closing credits
  5. ^ Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. 4:30 (Voice and Motion Performers). Retrieved 2014-12-04. 

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