Claudia Black

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Claudia Black
Claudia Black.jpg
Black at the 2004 ComicCon, San Diego
BornClaudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 41)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Jamie (m. 2004)
 
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Claudia Black
Claudia Black.jpg
Black at the 2004 ComicCon, San Diego
BornClaudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 41)
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 prolific roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.[1]

Early life[edit]

Black was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in a Jewish[citation needed] family. 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 a hermaphrodite 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.

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]

Black is also a professional singer of jazz and classical music.[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.

Filmography[edit]

TitleCharacterYearFormatNotes
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 20092009TVAward/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"
One2005Film
Naked in London2005FilmOnly promo trailer
Farscape: The Peacekeeper WarsAeryn Sun2004TV
Queen of the DamnedPandora2002Film
BeastMasterHuna2001TV
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]

TitleCharacterYearFormatNotes
Dragon Age: InquisitionMorrigan (voice)2014Video game
Strange FrameParker C. Boyd (voice)2012Film
Diablo IIICydaea (voice)2012Video game
The Amazing Spider-ManWhitney Chang (voice)2012Video game
Mass Effect 3Admiral Xen (voice), Matriarch Aethyta (voice)2012Video gameVideo game
Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningAlyn Shir (voice), Narrator (voice)2012Video game
Justice League: DoomCheetah (voice)2012Film
Uncharted 3: Drake's DeceptionChloe Frazer (voice)2011Video gameRevealed in the E3 2011 Trailer
RangoAngelique (voice)2011Film
Gears of War 3Samantha Byrne (voice)2011Video gameAnnounced at Comic Con 2010
RageMel (voice)2011Video game
Mass Effect 2Admiral Xen (voice), Matriarch Aethyta (voice), Rachni Envoy (voice)2010Video game
Dragon Age: OriginsMorrigan (voice)2009Video gameAlso in the Witch Hunt DLC
Uncharted 2: Among ThievesChloe Frazer (voice)2009Video game
WarGames: The Dead CodeR.I.P.L.E.Y. (voice)2008Film
Stolen Life (Machinama Movie)Kieru (voice)2007Film
ConanA'kanna (voice)2007Video game
CrysisHelena (voice)2007Video game
Project SylpheedNarrator (voice)2007Video game
Neopets: The Darkest FaerieFauna (voice)2005Video game
God of WarArtemis (voice)2005Video game
Farscape: The GameAeryn Sun (voice)2002Video game
Steel Angel KurumiSteel Angel Mikhail1999TVVoice, English version
Swallowing DarknessNarrator (voice)2008Audio Book

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