Claudia Black

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Claudia Black
Claudia Black San Diego ComicCon 2009.jpg
Black at the 2009 ComicCon, San Diego
BornClaudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1993-present
Spouse(s)Jamie (m. 2004)
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Claudia Black
Claudia Black San Diego ComicCon 2009.jpg
Black at the 2009 ComicCon, San Diego
BornClaudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1993-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.


Rick and MortyVoice2014TVEpisode: "Raising Gazorpazorp"
HavenMoira2012TVEpisodes: "Magic Hour", parts 1 & 2
90210Guru Sona2011TVEpisodes: "It's Getting Hot in Here", "All About a Boy" and "Revenge of the Nerd"
NCISVelvet Road2010TVEpisode: "Borderland"
Spike Video Game Awards 2009Herself2009TVAward/Promo Announcer
MoonlightThe Cleaner2008TVEpisode: "Sonata"
Stargate: ContinuumVala Mal Doran/Qetesh2008Film
Stargate: The Ark of TruthVala Mal Doran2008Film
The Dresden FilesLiz2007TVEpisode: "The Other Dick"
Stargate SG-1Vala Mal Doran2004–2006TVFirst appearance: "Prometheus Unbound"
Naked in London2005FilmOnly promo trailer
Farscape: The Peacekeeper WarsAeryn Sun2004TV
Queen of the DamnedPandora2002Film
Xena: Warrior PrincessAmazon # 22000TVEpisode: "Lifeblood"
Pitch BlackSharon Montgomery2000Film
FarscapeAeryn Sun1999–2003TV
A Twist in the TaleMorgana1999TVEpisode: "Obsession in August"
Good Guys, Bad GuysJill Mayhew1998TVEpisode: "Naughty Bits"
Hercules: The Legendary JourneysCassandra1997–1998TVEpisodes: "Hercules on Trial" and "Atlantis"
Water RatsBeth Williams1997TVEpisode: "All at Sea"
Amazon HighKarina1997TV
City LifeAngela Kosapas1996TVseries
A Country PracticeClaire Bonacci1993–1994TVEpisodes: "Burning Bright", parts 1 & 2
Police RescueJulia1993TVEpisode: "Double Illusion"
G. P.Joanna1993TVEpisode: "A Thousand Flowers", part 1"
Seven Deadly Sins1993TV (mini)

Voice acting[edit]

Middle-earth: Shadow of MordorQueen Marwen2014Video game
Dragon Age: InquisitionMorrigan2014Video game
DestinyTess Everis2014Video game[4]
Strange FrameParker C. Boyd2012Film
Diablo IIICydaea2012Video game
The Amazing Spider-ManWhitney Chang2012Video game
Mass Effect 3Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta2012Video game
Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningAlyn Shir2012Video game
Justice League: DoomCheetah2012Film
Uncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionChloe Frazer2011Video gameRevealed in the E3 2011 Trailer
Gears of War 3Samantha Byrne2011Video gameAnnounced at Comic Con 2010
RageMel2011Video game
TERA: RisingFraya2011Video game
Mass Effect 2Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta, Rachni Envoy2010Video game
Dragon Age: OriginsMorrigan2009Video gameAlso in the Witch Hunt DLC
Uncharted 2: Among ThievesChloe Frazer2009Video game
WarGames: The Dead CodeR.I.P.L.E.Y.2008Film
Swallowing DarknessNarrator2008Audio Book
Stolen Life (Machinama Movie)Kieru2007Film
ConanA'kanna2007Video game
CrysisHelena2007Video game
Project SylpheedNarrator2007Video game[5]
Neopets: The Darkest FaerieFauna2005Video game
God of WarArtemis2005Video game
Farscape: The GameAeryn Sun2002Video game
Steel Angel KurumiSteel Angel Mikhail1999TVEnglish version



  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. ^ Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 2014-09-11. 4:30 (Voice and Motion Performers). Retrieved 2014-12-04. 
  5. ^ Project Sylpheed, closing credits

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