Born: August 28, 1965
Birthplace: Rochford, Essex, England
Amanda Tapping (born 28 August 1965) is an English-born Canadian actress 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 science fiction-fantasy television series Sanctuary.
Born in Rochford, Essex, England, Tapping 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.
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.
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. In Season 5, however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearances 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.
In 2007, she won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress for her role in the short film Breakdown.
On 18 September 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.
She was also named as ACTRA's 2015 Woman of the Year. ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in Canada.
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. She directed the seventh episode of Sanctuary season two titled "Veritas". She has directed three episodes (6, 8 and 10) of Primeval: New World, three episodes (2.12; 3.06; 3.07) of Continuum, and four episodes (5, 6, 9 and 10) of Olympus and more recently directed episodes of Dark Matter, Van Helsing, The Magicians, and Supernatural, as well as the historical drama X Company She also directed 5 episodes (1.12; 2.4; 2.7; 2.8 and 2.9) of Netflix Original Show Travelers ; Tapping directed the season finale of the 2017 series Anne with an "E".
Tapping married Alan Kovacs in 1994. As of 2004, she lives with her husband in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has two living brothers, Richard and Christopher. A third brother, Steven, died in December 2006. Tapping has one daughter, Olivia, born on 22 March 2005.
|1995||Donor, TheThe Donor||Cassie|
|1996||What Kind of Mother Are You?||Ingrid Elstad|
|1997||Booty Call||Dr. Moore|
|2001||Void, TheThe Void||Prof. Eva Soderstrom||Video|
|2002||Life or Something Like It||Carrie Maddox|
|2008||Stargate: The Ark of Truth||Samantha Carter||Video|
|2008||Stargate: Continuum||Samantha Carter||Video|
|2009||Dancing Trees||Josephina Rooney|
|2012||Random Acts of Romance||Dianne|
|2013||Hell in a Handbag||Mother Superior|
|2014||Kid Cannabis||Teressia Lee Franks|
|1995||Forever Knight||Dr. Naomi Ross||"Near Death"|
|1995||Degree of Guilt||Marcy||TV film|
|1995||Net Worth||Colleen Howe||TV film|
|1996||Side Effects||Dr. Barbara Bertrand||"Easy Breathing"|
|1996||Goosebumps||Mrs. Merton||"It Came from Beneath the Sink"|
|1996||Due South||Audrey McKenna||"Starman"|
|1996||Haunting of Lisa, TheThe Haunting of Lisa||Gina / Angel||TV film|
|1996||Kung Fu: The Legend Continues||Annie||"Shaolin Shot"|
|1996||X-Files, TheThe X-Files||Carina Sayles||"Avatar"|
|1996||Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story||Kathryn Laumann||TV film|
|1996||Newsroom, TheThe Newsroom||Lindsay Ward||"Dinner at Eight"|
|1996-97||Flash Forward||Miss Yansouni||Recurring role|
|1997-2007||Stargate SG-1||Samantha Carter||Main role|
|1998||Outer Limits, TheThe Outer Limits||Cmdr. Kate Girard||"The Joining"|
|1999||Millennium||Dr. Cantor||"Borrowed Time"|
|2004||Traffic||Home Owners Wife||TV miniseries|
|2005||Earthsea||Lady Elfarren||TV miniseries|
|2005-09||Stargate Atlantis||Samantha Carter||Recurring role|
|2006||Engaged to Kill||Det. Burns||TV film|
|2007-11||Sanctuary||Dr. Helen Magnus||Main role|
|2009-10||Riese: Kingdom Falling||Narrator||Main role|
|2009-10||Stargate Universe||Col. Samantha Carter||"Air: Part 1", "Incursion: Part 1"|
|2010||Canadian Comedy Shorts||Mary Johnson||"Breakdown"|
|2012||Taken Back: Finding Haley||Susan||TV film|
|2013||Motive||Dr. Kate Robbins||"The One That Got Away"|
|2014||Package Deal||Jillian||"Danny's New Job", "Everybody Loves Beth"|
|2015||Killjoys||Dr. Jaeger||"Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye"|
|2016-2017||Travelers||Dr. Perrow||Recurring in season 2, also directed 5 episodes|
Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.
|2000||Leo Award||Best Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series||Stargate SG-1: "Point of View"||Nominated|
|2000||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||-||Nominated|
|2001||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Stargate SG-1: "2010"||Nominated|
|2001||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||-||Nominated|
|2002||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance - Female||Stargate SG-1: "Ascension"||Won|
|2002||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||-||Nominated|
|2004||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Direction||Stargate SG-1: "Resurrection"||Nominated|
|2004||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Stargate SG-1: "Grace"||Won|
|2004||Saturn Award||Best Supporting Actress on Television||-||Won|
|2005||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Stargate SG-1: "Threads"||Won|
|2007||Canadian Comedy Award||Best Actress (Film)||Breakdown||Won|
|2009||Constellation Award||Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series||Stargate: Continuum||Nominated|
|2009||Constellation Award||Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Television Episode||Sanctuary: "Requiem"||Nominated|
|2009||Constellation Award||Outstanding Canadian Contribution to Science Fiction Film or Television in 2008||-||Nominated|
|2009||Leo Award||Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama||Stargate: Continuum||Nominated|
|2009||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Sanctuary: "Requiem"||Won|
|2009||Gemini Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role||Sanctuary||Nominated|
|2010||Women of Distinction Awards||Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements||Sanctuary for Kids||Received|
|2012||Leo Award||Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female||Sanctuary: "Tempus"||Nominated|
|2012||Jules Verne Award||Excellence exploration, environmental and cinematic achievements||Sanctuary for Kids||Received|