Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
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Tapping at the Phoenix Comicon, 2013
Born (1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 54)
Rochford, Essex, England
NationalityCanadian/British
Other namesAmanda Kovacs
Education North Toronto Collegiate Institute
University of Windsor
OccupationActress, director
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Allan Kovacs(m. 1994)
Children1
Website www.amandatapping.com

Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is a British-Canadian actress and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in the Canadian–American military science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, and Stargate Universe. She also starred as Helen Magnus in the science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary .

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Early life

Born in Rochford, Essex, England, Tapping 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

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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 reprised the role in season 13's "Funeralia", nearly five years after the character's apparent death.

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

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, as well as the historical drama X Company She also directed 5 episodes (1.12; 2.4; 2.7; 2.8 and 2.9) of Netflix Original Show Travelers ; Tapping directed the season finale of the 2017 series Anne with an E . [11]

Personal life

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

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995The DonorCassie
1996What Kind of Mother Are You?Ingrid Elstad
1997 Booty Call Dr. Moore
2002 Stuck Liz
Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox
2012 Space Milkshake Valentina
Random Acts of RomanceDianne
2013Hell in a HandbagMother Superior
2014 Kid Cannabis Teressia Lee Franks

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross"Near Death"
Degree of GuiltMarcyTV film
Net Worth Colleen Howe
1996 Side Effects Dr. Barbara Bertrand"Easy Breathing"
Goosebumps Mrs. Merton"It Came from Beneath the Sink"
Due South Audrey McKenna"Starman"
The Haunting of LisaGina / AngelTV film
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Annie"Shaolin Shot"
The X-Files Carina Sayles"Avatar"
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann StoryKathryn LaumannTV film
RemembranceLinda
The Newsroom Lindsay Ward"Dinner at Eight"
1996–1997 Flash Forward Miss YansouniRecurring role
1997–2007 Stargate SG-1 Samantha Carter
Replicator Carter
Main role
Recurring role (Season 8)
1998 The Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard"The Joining"
1999 Millennium Dr. Cantor"Borrowed Time"
2001The VoidProf. Eva SoderstromTV film
2004 Traffic Home Owners WifeTV miniseries
2005 Earthsea Lady Elfarren
2005–2009 Stargate Atlantis Col. Samantha CarterGuest role (Season 1–3 & 5)
Main role (Season 4)
2006Engaged to KillDet. BurnsTV film
2007–2011 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Main role
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Col. Samantha CarterTV film
Stargate: Continuum
2009 Dancing Trees Josephina Rooney
2009–2010 Riese: Kingdom Falling NarratorMain role
Stargate Universe Col. Samantha Carter"Air: Part 1" & "Incursion: Part 1"
2010 Canadian Comedy Shorts Mary Johnson"Breakdown"
2012Taken Back: Finding HaleySusanTV film
2012–2013, 2018 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"
2016–2017 Travelers Dr. PerrowRecurring role (season 2)

Director

YearSeriesEpisode
2004 Stargate SG-1 "Resurrection"
2009–2011 Sanctuary 3 episodes
2012–2013 Primeval: New World
2013–2014 Arctic Air
Continuum
2014 Strange Empire Episode: "Other Powers"
2015Family for ChristmasTV film
Olympus 4 episodes
2015–2016 Dark Matter 2 episodes
2015–2017 X Company 4 episodes
2016 The Magicians Episode: "Remedial Battle Magic"
The Romeo Section Episode: "Seeds of War"
Van Helsing 4 episodes
2016–2018 Travelers 9 episodes
2017–2020 Anne 4 episodes
2017Reel Women SeenShort
2017–2019 Supernatural 4 episodes
2018-2019 Siren 2 episodes
2019 Blindspot Episode: "Masters of War 1:5 – 8"
The 100 Episode: "Matryoshka"
2020 Motherland: Fort Salem Episode: "A Biddy's Life"
The Flash Episode: "Pay the Piper"
Batwoman Episode: "O, Mouse!"

Theatre

Awards and nominations

Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2000 Leo Award Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Stargate SG-1 : "Point of View"Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television
2001 Gemini Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic RoleStargate SG-1: "2010"
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on Television
2002Leo AwardDramatic Series: Best Lead Performance – FemaleStargate SG-1: "Ascension"Won
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on TelevisionNominated
2004Leo AwardDramatic Series: Best DirectionStargate SG-1: "Resurrection"
Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a FemaleStargate SG-1: "Grace"Won
Saturn AwardBest Supporting Actress on Television
2005Leo AwardDramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a FemaleStargate SG-1: "Threads"
2007 Canadian Comedy Award Best Actress (Film)Breakdown
2009 Constellation Award Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series Stargate: Continuum Nominated
Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode Sanctuary : "Requiem"
Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2008
Leo AwardLead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length DramaStargate: Continuum
Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Sanctuary : "Requiem"Won
Gemini AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role Sanctuary Nominated
2010 Women of Distinction Awards Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievementsSanctuary for KidsReceived
2012Leo AwardDramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a FemaleSanctuary for Kids: "Tempus"Nominated
Jules Verne Award Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievementsSanctuary for KidsReceived

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