Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping OCC Adelaide 2014 (cropped).jpg
Amanda Tapping at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide, Australia in 2014.
Born(1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 49)
Rochford, Essex, England
EducationNorth Toronto Collegiate Institute, University of Windsor
OccupationActress, Producer, Director
Spouse(s)Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)
ChildrenOlivia B. Kovacs (b. 2005)
Website
www.amandatapping.com
 
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Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping OCC Adelaide 2014 (cropped).jpg
Amanda Tapping at Oz Comic-Con Adelaide, Australia in 2014.
Born(1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 49)
Rochford, Essex, England
EducationNorth Toronto Collegiate Institute, University of Windsor
OccupationActress, Producer, Director
Spouse(s)Alan Kovacs (m. 1994)
ChildrenOlivia B. Kovacs (b. 2005)
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 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 September 18, 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]

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 three episodes (2.12; 3.06; 3.07) 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. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Donor, TheThe DonorCassie
1996What Kind of Mother Are You?Ingrid Elstad
1997Booty CallDr. Moore
2001Void, TheThe VoidProf. Eva SoderstromVideo
2002StuckLiz
Life or Something Like ItCarrie Maddox
2005Engaged to KillDetective Burns
2006BreakdownMary JohnsonShort film
2008Stargate: The Ark of TruthLt. Col. Samantha CarterVideo
Stargate: ContinuumLt. Col. Samantha CarterVideo
2009Dancing TreesJosephina Rooney
Stargate SG-1: Children of the GodsCapt. Samantha CarterVideo
2012Space MilkshakeValentina
Random Acts of RomanceDianne
2014Kid CannabisTeressia Lee FranksCompleted
Hell in a HandbagMother SuperiorPost-production

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Forever KnightDr. Naomi RossEpisode: "Near Death"
Degree of GuiltMarcyTV film
Rent-a-KidMrs. NicelyTV film
Net WorthColleen HoweTV film
1996Flash ForwardMiss YansouniRecurring role (6 episodes)
Side EffectsDr. Barbara BertrandEpisode: "Easy Breathing"
GoosebumpsMrs. MertonEpisode: "It Came from Beneath the Sink"
Due SouthAudrey McKennaEpisode: "Starman"
Haunting of Lisa, TheThe Haunting of LisaGina / AngelTV film
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues'AnnieEpisode: "Shaolin Shot"
X-Files, TheThe X-FilesCarina SaylesEpisode: "Avatar"
Golden Will: The Silken Laumann StoryKathryn LaumannTV film
RemembranceLindaTV film
Newsroom, TheThe NewsroomLindsay WardEpisode: "Dinner at Eight"
1997–2007Stargate SG-1Captain/Major/Lieutenant Colonel Samantha CarterMain role (211 episodes)
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsCmdr. Kate GirardEpisode: "The Joining"
1999MillenniumDr. CantorEpisode: "Borrowed Time"
2004EarthseaLady ElfarrenTV miniseries
2005–2009Stargate AtlantisLieutenant Colonel/Colonel Samantha CarterSeason 1–3, 5 (Recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 4 (Regular role; 14 episodes)
2006Engaged to KillDet. BurnsTV film
2007–2011SanctuaryDr. Helen MagnusMain role (67 episodes)
Also executive producer
2009–2010Riese: Kingdom FallingNarratorRegular role (10 episodes)
Stargate UniverseCol. Samantha CarterEpisodes: "Air: Part 1" and "Incursion: Part 1"
2012Taken Back: Finding HaleySusanTV film
2012–2013SupernaturalNaomiRecurring role (7 episodes)
2013MotiveDr. Kate RobbinsEpisode: "The One That 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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