Julia Benson

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Julia Benson
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Julia Benson at 2011 Wizard World Chicago
Born (1979-06-29) 29 June 1979 (age 39)
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada [1]
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)Peter Benson [2]
Children1 (born 2013)
Website www.juliabenson.net

Julia Benson (born Julia Anderson; 26 June 1979) is a Canadian actress. She played the character Vanessa James in the science fiction series Stargate Universe .

<i>Stargate Universe</i> Canadian-American military science fiction TV series

Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration team traveling on the Ancient spaceship Destiny several billion light years distant from the Milky Way Galaxy. They evacuated there and are now trying to figure out a way to return to Earth, while simultaneously trying to explore and to survive in their unknown area of the universe. The series, created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper, premiered in the United States on Syfy on October 2, 2009. The series featured an ensemble cast and was primarily filmed in and around Vancouver, BC, Canada. A second season of 20 episodes was announced by Syfy in December 2009.


Early life

Benson trained as a ballet, tap, jazz dancer since age six. [3] She graduated from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) in 2001 with a degree in theatre and psychology. She trained as an actress at David Mamet's Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. [2]

Ballet form of performance dance

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Ballet has been taught in various schools around the world, which have historically incorporated their own cultures and as a result, the art has evolved in a number of distinct ways. See glossary of ballet.

Tap dance tap dance

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. There are several major variations on tap dance including: flamenco, rhythm (jazz) tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap. Broadway tap is rooted in English theatrical tradition and often focuses on formations, choreography and generally less complex rhythms; it is widely performed in musical theatre. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap has a similarly long tradition which marries European "classical" music with American foot drumming with a wide variation in full-body expression. Post-modern or contemporary tap has emerged over the last three decades to incorporate abstract expression, thematic narrative and technology.

University of British Columbia public research university in British Columbia, Canada

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a public research university with campuses in Vancouver and Kelowna, British Columbia. Established in 1908, UBC is British Columbia's oldest university. The university is ranked among the top 20 public universities worldwide and among the top three in Canada. With an annual research budget of $600 million, UBC funds over 8,000 projects a year.


Benson played the role of Anna in the 2007 film Road to Victory about a stripper who falls in love with a football player who is unable to sexually perform due to an injury. She trained with a dancer from Brandi's strip club in Vancouver, British Columbia. [3]

Striptease dance

A striptease is an erotic or exotic dance in which the performer gradually undresses, either partly or completely, in a seductive and sexually suggestive manner. The person who performs a striptease is commonly known as a "stripper" or exotic dancer.

Erectile dysfunction Human disease which results in trouble maintaining an erection

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a type of sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual activity. Erectile dysfunction can have psychological consequences as it can be tied to relationship difficulties and self-image.

Strip club Club showing striptease or other erotic or exotic dances

Strip clubs are venues where strippers provide adult entertainment, predominantly in the form of striptease or other erotic or exotic dances. Strip clubs typically adopt a nightclub or bar style, and can also adopt a theatre or cabaret-style. American-style strip clubs began to appear outside North America after World War II, arriving in Asia in the late 1980s and Europe in the 1978, where they competed against the local English and French styles of striptease and erotic performances.

From 2009 to 2011, Benson appeared as 2nd Lt. Vanessa James in both seasons of TV science fiction series Stargate Universe . Her performance in the show's first season episode "Pain" earned her a 2010 Leo award as "Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series". [4]



2005Crazy LateSarah JonesShort film
2007Road to VictoryAnna
2007Zero HourAllie
2007 Numb Sara's Girlfriend
2008 Blonde and Blonder Last Dancer in Line
2008Robin, Chuck, and ShirleyShirley SutherlandShort film
2009Scott's LandsMelissaShort film
2009Everything's Coming Up RosieCatherineShort film
2012Now and ForeverLucy ReddShort film, completed
2012Death Do Us PartKennedyPost-production
2013Kid CannabisJulie MorganPost-production
2013Leap 4 Your LifeJuliannaPost-production
2013That Burning FeelingJoyceFilming
2014 Death Do Us Part Kennedy JamiesonProducer, Writer
2014What an IdiotJackiePost-production
2015 Dead Rising: Watchtower Amy
2016 Interrogation Sara Ward
2017 My Little Pony: The Movie Additional voices
2018 To All the Boys I've Loved Before Ms. Kavinsky
TBAThe Ferret SquadMarcieIn production


2003 Tru Calling TaraEpisode: "Past Tense"
2005 The Dead Zone Crying GirlEpisode: "The Collector"
2006 The Evidence Sadie McAbeeEpisode: "Stringers"
2006 Stargate Atlantis WillaEpisode: "Irresistible"
2007 Masters of Horror Abbey AddisonEpisode: "Right to Die"
2007My Neighbor's KeeperMomTV film
2007 Reaper GloriaEpisode: "All Mine"
2007 Supernatural Woman at BarEpisode: "Sin City"
2007 Whistler JamesEpisode: "Passion Plays"
2007 Aliens in America ClerkEpisode: "Church"
2008Past LiesSarahTV film
2008The UnquietChristinaTV film
2008 Smallville NurseEpisode: "Arctic"
2009 Mr. Troop Mom CC TurnerTV film
2009 Harper's Island Officer Tyra CoulterEpisode: "Snap"
2009 SGU Stargate Universe Kino Vanessa JamesEpisode: "Covered Kino"
2009–11 Stargate Universe Lt. Vanessa James Recurring role (36 episodes)
2010The Ex-Convict's GuideShirley SutherlandEpisodes: "Be Gracious", "Respect the Rules of the House", "Do Not Convert Your Host's Possessions - Into Weapons",
"Remember to Bid Your Host a Gracious Farewell!"
2010 Lying to Be Perfect JoyTV film (Lifetime)
2010–11 SGU Stargate Universe Kino Vanessa JamesEpisodes: "Wait for It", "Favorite Meal of All Time", "One Long Endless Night", "All the Stages"
2011 Shattered HostessEpisode: "Unaired Pilot"
2011 Hiccups PenelopeEpisode: "Welcome Back Potter"
2011 R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour MomEpisodes: "Brush with Madness", "Sick"
2011Earth's Final HoursChloe EdwardsTV film
2012 Mr. Young Bianca BoydEpisode: "Mr. Sci-Fi"
2013 Chupacabra vs. the Alamo TracyTV film (Syfy)
2014-15 Cedar Cove Jeri DrakeEpisodes: "Trials and Tribulations", "One Day at a Time", "Point of No Return", "Secrets and Lies", "Stand and Deliver", "Resolutions and Revelations", "Hello Again", "A Helping Hand", "Civil War", "Batter Up", "Runaway", "The Good Fight"
2017 A Bramble House Christmas MollyTelevision film (Hallmark)
2018 Marrying Father Christmas Ellie WhitcombTelevision film (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)
2019 The Order Professor Robin Benson3 episodes

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  2. 1 2 "Julia Benson Biography". Official Website of Actress Julia Benson. 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  3. 1 2 Jamie Steinberg. "Julia Anderson on The Road to Victory". Starrymag.com. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  4. "Leo Awards 2010 Winners by Name". Leo Awards. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2010.