Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping Comic Con 2008.jpg
Amanda Tapping at Comic-Con Convention, 2008.
Born(1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 48)
Rochford, Essex, England
OccupationActress, Producer, Director
Spouse(s)Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)
ChildrenOlivia B. Kovacs
Website
www.amandatapping.com
 
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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping Comic Con 2008.jpg
Amanda Tapping at Comic-Con Convention, 2008.
Born(1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 48)
Rochford, Essex, England
OccupationActress, Producer, Director
Spouse(s)Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)
ChildrenOlivia B. Kovacs
Website
www.amandatapping.com

Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress, producer 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 Syfy Channel series Sanctuary.

Early life and education[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]

Acting career[edit]

In costume as Samantha Carter, during filming for Stargate: Continuum.

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 five however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances[5] due to her choosing to focus 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 September 18, 2012, she was cast as an angel named Naomi on the season 8 of TV series Supernatural. She was a recurring character who appeared in 7 episodes.[8]

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 and one episode (2.12) of Continuum.

Personal life[edit]

As of 2004, Tapping lives with her husband, Alan Kovacs, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has one daughter, Olivia, born on 22 March 2005. Tapping has two living brothers, Richard and Christopher. Chris is her fraternal twin, who works in Toronto as a database administrator. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1996What Kind of Mother Are You?Ingrid Elstad
1997Donor, TheThe DonorCassie
1997Booty CallDr. Moore
2001Void, TheThe VoidProf. Eva Soderstrom
2002StuckLiz
2002Life or Something Like ItCarrie Maddox
2006BreakdownMary JohnsonShort film
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthLieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter
2008Stargate: ContinuumColonel Samantha Carter
2009Dancing TreesJosephina Rooney
2012Space MilkshakeValentinaPost-production
2012Random Acts of RomanceDianne
2012Taken Back: Finding HaleySusan
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994GooseBumpsMrs. MERTONTV film
1995Rent-A-KidMrs. NicelyTV film
1995Net WorthColleen HoweTV film
1995Haunting of Lisa, TheThe Haunting of LisaGina/AngelTV film
1995Degree of GuiltMarcyTV film
1996RemembranceLindaTV film
1996Golden Will: The Silken Laumann StoryKathryn LaumannTV film
1994Forever KnightDr. Naomi RossEpisode: "Near Death"
1996Flash ForwardMiss Yansouni6 episodes
1996Due SouthAudrey McKennaEpisode: "Starman"
1996X-Files, TheThe X-FilesCarina SaylesEpisode: "Avatar"
1997–2007Stargate SG-1Captain/Major/Lt. Col. Samantha Carter211 episodes
1998MillenniumDr. CantorEpisode: "Borrowed Time"
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsCmdr. Kate GirardEpisode: "The Joining"
2000BlacktopWaitressTV film
2004Legend of EarthseaLady ElfarrenTV film
2004TrafficHome owner's wifeMiniseries
2004–2005Proof PositiveHost10 episodes
2005–2009Stargate AtlantisColonel Samantha Carter25 episodes
2006Engaged to KillDetective Burns
2007SanctuaryHelen Magnus8 episodes
2008–2011SanctuaryHelen Magnus59 episodes
2008Ghost HuntersHerself
Episodes:
  • "Live Show Results"
  • "Ghost Hunters Live Halloween Special from Ft Delaware"
2009–2010Stargate UniverseColonel Samantha Carter
Episodes:
2010Canadian Comedy ShortsMary JohnsonEpisode: "Holy War Dance Party"
2012-2013SupernaturalNaomiEpisodes:

"A Little Slice of Kevin"
"Hunteri Heroici"
"Torn and Frayed"
"Goodbye Stranger"
"Taxi Driver"
"The Great Escapist"
"Sacrifice"

2013MotiveDr. Kate RobbinsEpisode: "The One Who Got Away"

Theatre[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amanda Tapping at the Internet Movie Database
  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. 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. Retrieved 14 September 2008. 
  8. ^ http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/09/supernatural-spoilers-amanda-tapping-cast-in-major-new-angel-role-mike-farrell-goes-mental.html
  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. ^ Tapping, Amanda (26 December 2006). "From Amanda – Her brother Steven". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 

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