Amanda Tapping

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Amanda Tapping
Image of the person
Biographical informations
Birth (1965-08-28) August 28, 1965 (age 52)
Rochford, Essex, England, UK
Nationality Canadian
Informations about family
Spouse Allan Kovacs (1994—present)
Child Olivia
Professional informations
Occupation Actress,
Years active 1991—present
Television Dr. Helen Magnus in Sanctuary
Stargate universe-related informations
Related film(s)/series Stargate SG-1,
Stargate Atlantis,
Stargate Universe
Stargate: The Ark of Truth,
Stargate: Continuum
Occupation in Stargate Actress,
Character(s) Samantha Carter

Amanda Tapping (born August 28, 1965 in Rochford, Essex) 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[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]


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.

Latter career[edit]

Tapping is also 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]

On September 18th, 2012, she was cast as an Angel named Naomi on the TV series Supernatural in which she will appear in at least 2 episodes.[7] She was a recurring character who appeared in 7 episodes.

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.[8] She directed three episodes of Sanctuary; "Veritas", "One Night" and "Uprising".[9] She has also directed several episodes of the Primeval: New World TV series.[10]

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]

Involvement in the Stargate universe[edit]



Amanda Tapping has directed "Resurrection", written by co-star Michael Shanks.



Film, Television and Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Hell in a Handbag Mother Superior Film, Post-production
2014 Kid Cannabis Teressia Lee Franks Film, completed
2012 Space Milkshake Valentina Film, completed
2012 Random Acts of Romance Dianne Film, completed
2012 Supernatural Naomi TV series, 7 episodes
2012 Taken Back: Finding Haley Susan TV movie
2008-2011 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus TV series, 59 episodes
2010 Canadian Comedy Shorts Mary Johnson (segment 'Breakdown') TV series, 1 episode
2009-2010 Stargate Universe Colonel Samantha Carter TV series, 2 episodes
2009-2010 Riese Narrator TV series, 10 episodes
2009 Stargate SG-1: Children of the Gods - Final Cut Captain Samantha Carter vidéo , recut of "Children of the Gods"
2009 Dancing Trees Josephina Rooney Film
2005-2009 Stargate Atlantis Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel Samantha Carter TV series, 25 episodes
2008 Stargate: Continuum Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD movie
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD movie
2007 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Web series, 8 episodes
1997-2007 Stargate SG-1 Samantha Carter TV series, 211 episodes
2006 Breakdown Mary Johnson Short movie
2006 Engaged to Kill Detective Burns TV movie
2004 Traffic Home Owners Wife TV mini-series
2004 Earthsea Lady Elfarren TV mini-series
2002 Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox Film
2002 Stuck Liz Film
2001 The Void Prof. Eva Soderstrom Video
2000 Blacktop Waitress TV movie
1999 Millenium Dr. Cantor TV series, 1 episode
1998 The Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard TV series, 1 episode
1997 When Innocence Is Lost Woman Testifying in Court TV movie, uncredited
1997 Booty Call Dr. Moore Film
1996 What Kind of Mother Are You? Ingrid Elstad Film
1996 The Newsroom Lindsay Ward TV series, 1 episode
1996 Rememberance Linda TV movie
1996 Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann TV movie
1996 The X Files Carina Sayles TV series, 1 episode
1994-1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Annie / McIllroy's Girlfriend TV series, 2 episodes
1996 The Haunting of Lisa Gina/Angel TV movie
1996 Due South Audrey McKenna TV series, 1 episode
1996 Goosebumps Mrs. Merton TV series, 1 episode
1996 Side Effects Dr. Barbara Bertrand TV series, 1 episode
1996 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni TV series, 6 episodes
1995 Rent-a-Kid Mrs. Nicely TV movie
1995 Degree of Guilt Marcy TV movie
1995 The Donor Cassie Film
1995 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross TV series, 1 episode
1995 Net Worth Colleen Howe TV movie
1991 Street Legal Newscaster TV series, 1 episode


Film and Television
Year Title Function Notes
2012 Space Milkshake Executive producer Film, completed
2008-2011 Sanctuary Executive producer TV series, 28 episodes
2007 Sanctuary Executive producer Web series, 1 episode


Year Title Function Notes
2012 Primeval: New World Director TV series, several episodes
2009-2011 Sanctuary Director TV series, 3 episodes
2004 Stargate SG-1 Director TV series, 1 episode ("Resurrection")

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tapping has won 6 awards, out of 13 nominations.

Year Award Category Work Result
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
2012 Leo Award Dramatic Series: Best Lead Performance by a Female Sanctuary: "Tempus" Nominated

External links[edit]


  1. IMDb logo.png 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]
  8. "Official Stargate Website: Episode: Resurrection". MGM. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  9. Szymanski, Mike (11 September 2009). "How did Amanda Tapping produce, direct and act Sanctuary". Sci Fi Wire. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  10. Chad Colvin. "Syfy picks up Primeval: New World". 
  11. Tapping, Amanda (26 December 2006). "From Amanda – Her brother Steven". The Official Amanda Tapping website. Retrieved 16 October 2009. 
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Facts about "Amanda Tapping"
Birth countryUK +
Birth dateAugust 28, 1965 +
Director ofEpisode:Resurrection +
GenderFemale +
Guest Star inEpisode:Letters From Pegasus +, Episode:Grace Under Pressure +, Episode:McKay and Mrs. Miller +, Episode:Air, Part 1 + and Episode:Incursion, Part 1 +
Has directed inPrimeval: New World (TV series) + and Sanctuary (TV series) +
Has played inHell in a Handbag (film) +, Kid Cannabis (film) +, Space Milkshake (film) +, Random Acts of Romance (film) +, Supernatural (TV series) +, Taken Back: Finding Haley (TV movie) +, Sanctuary (TV series) +, Canadian Comedy Shorts (TV series) +, Riese (TV series) +, Dancing Trees (film) +, Sanctuary (Web series) +, Breakdown (short) +, Engaged to Kill (TV movie) +, Traffic (TV mini-series) +, Earthsea (TV mini-series) +, Life or Something Like It (film) +, Stuck (film) +, The Void (video) +, Blacktop (TV movie) +, Millenium (TV series) +, The Outer Limits (TV series, 1995) +, When Innocence Is Lost (TV movie) +, Booty Call (film) +, What Kind of Mother Are You? (film) +, The Newsroom (TV series) +, Rememberance (TV movie) +, Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story (TV movie) +, The X Files (TV series) +, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (TV series) +, The Haunting of Lisa (TV movie) +, Due South (TV series) +, Goosebumps (TV series) +, Side Effects (TV series) +, Flash Forward (TV series) +, Rent-a-Kid (TV movie) +, Degree of Guilt (TV movie) +, The Donor (film) +, Forever Knight (TV series) +, Net Worth (TV movie) + and Street Legal (TV series) +
Infobox imageAmanda Tapping.jpg +
Main cast inStargate: The Ark of Truth +, Stargate: Continuum +, Episode:Children of the Gods +, Episode:The Enemy Within +, Episode:Emancipation +, Episode:The Broca Divide +, Episode:The First Commandment +, Episode:Cold Lazarus +, Episode:The Nox +, Episode:Brief Candle +, Episode:Thor's Hammer +, Episode:The Torment of Tantalus +, Episode:Bloodlines +, Episode:Fire and Water +, Episode:Hathor +, Episode:Singularity +, Episode:Cor-Ai +, Episode:Enigma +, Episode:Solitudes +, Episode:Tin Man +, Episode:There But For the Grace of God +, Episode:Politics +, Episode:Within the Serpent's Grasp +, Episode:The Serpent's Lair +, Episode:In the Line of Duty +, Episode:Prisoners +, Episode:The Gamekeeper +, Episode:Need +, Episode:Thor's Chariot +, Episode:Message in a Bottle +, Episode:Family +, Episode:Secrets +, Episode:Bane +, Episode:The Tok'ra, Part 1 +, Episode:The Tok'ra, Part 2 +, Episode:Spirits +, Episode:Touchstone +, Episode:The Fifth Race +, Episode:A Matter of Time +, Episode:Holiday +, Episode:Serpent's Song +, Episode:One False Step +, Episode:Show and Tell +, Episode:1969 +, Episode:Out of Mind +, Episode:Into the Fire +, Episode:Seth +, Episode:Fair Game +, Episode:Legacy +, Episode:Learning Curve +, Episode:Point of View +, Episode:Deadman Switch +, Episode:Demons +, Episode:Rules of Engagement +, Episode:Forever in a Day +, Episode:Past and Present +, Episode:Jolinar's Memories +, Episode:The Devil You Know +, Episode:Foothold +, Episode:Pretense +, Episode:Urgo +, Episode:A Hundred Days +, Episode:Shades of Grey +, Episode:New Ground +, Episode:Maternal Instinct +, Episode:Crystal Skull +, Episode:Nemesis +, Episode:Small Victories +, Episode:The Other Side +, Episode:Upgrades +, Episode:Crossroads +, Episode:Divide and Conquer +, Episode:Window of Opportunity +, Episode:Watergate +, Episode:The First Ones +, Episode:Scorched Earth +, Episode:Beneath the Surface +, Episode:Point of No Return +, Episode:Tangent +, Episode:The Curse +, Episode:The Serpent's Venom +, Episode:Chain Reaction +, Episode:2010 +, Episode:Absolute Power +, Episode:The Light +, Episode:Prodigy +, Episode:Entity +, Episode:Double Jeopardy +, Episode:Exodus +, Episode:Enemies +, Episode:Threshold +, Episode:Ascension +, Episode:The Fifth Man +, Episode:Red Sky +, Episode:Rite of Passage +, Episode:Beast of Burden +, Episode:The Tomb +, Episode:Between Two Fires +, Episode:2001 +, Episode:Desperate Measures +, Episode:Wormhole X-Treme! +, Episode:Proving Ground +, Episode:48 Hours +, Episode:Summit +, Episode:Last Stand +, Episode:Fail Safe +, Episode:The Warrior +, Episode:Menace +, Episode:The Sentinel +, Episode:Meridian +, Episode:Revelations +, Episode:Redemption, Part 1 +, Episode:Redemption, Part 2 +, Episode:Descent +, Episode:Frozen +, Episode:Nightwalkers +, Episode:Abyss +, Episode:Shadow Play +, Episode:The Other Guys +, Episode:Allegiance +, Episode:Cure +, Episode:Prometheus +, Episode:Unnatural Selection +, Episode:Sight Unseen +, Episode:Smoke & Mirrors +, Episode:Paradise Lost +, Episode:Metamorphosis +, Episode:Forsaken +, Episode:The Changeling +, Episode:Memento +, Episode:Prophecy +, Episode:Full Circle +, Episode:Fallen +, Episode:Homecoming +, Episode:Fragile Balance +, Episode:Orpheus +, Episode:Revisions +, Episode:Lifeboat +, Episode:Enemy Mine +, Episode:Space Race +, Episode:Avenger 2.0 +, Episode:Birthright +, Episode:Evolution, Part 1 +, Episode:Evolution, Part 2 +, Episode:Grace +, Episode:Fallout +, Episode:Chimera +, Episode:Death Knell +, Episode:Heroes, Part 1 +, Episode:Heroes, Part 2 +, Episode:Resurrection +, Episode:Lost City, Part 1 +, Episode:Lost City, Part 2 +, Episode:New Order, Part 1 +, Episode:New Order, Part 2 +, Episode:Lockdown +, Episode:Zero Hour +, Episode:Icon +, Episode:Avatar +, Episode:Affinity +, Episode:Covenant +, Episode:Sacrifices +, Episode:Endgame +, Episode:Gemini +, Episode:It's Good To Be King +, Episode:Full Alert +, Episode:Citizen Joe +, Episode:Reckoning, Part 1 +, Episode:Reckoning, Part 2 +, Episode:Threads +, Episode:Moebius, Part 1 +, Episode:Moebius, Part 2 +, Episode:Avalon, Part 1 +, Episode:Beachhead +, Episode:Ex Deus Machina +, Episode:Babylon +, Episode:Prototype +, Episode:The Fourth Horseman, Part 1 +, Episode:The Fourth Horseman, Part 2 +, Episode:Collateral Damage +, Episode:Ripple Effect +, Episode:Stronghold +, Episode:Off the Grid +, Episode:The Scourge +, Episode:Arthur's Mantle +, Episode:Crusade +, Episode:Camelot +, Episode:Flesh and Blood +, Episode:Morpheus +, Episode:The Pegasus Project +, Episode:Insiders +, Episode:Uninvited +, Episode:200 +, Episode:Counterstrike +, Episode:Memento Mori +, Episode:Company of Thieves +, Episode:The Quest, Part 1 +, Episode:The Quest, Part 2 +, Episode:Line in the Sand +, Episode:The Road Not Taken +, Episode:The Shroud +, Episode:Bounty +, Episode:Talion +, Episode:Family Ties +, Episode:Dominion +, Episode:Unending +, Episode:Adrift +, Episode:Lifeline +, Episode:Reunion +, Episode:Doppleganger +, Episode:Tabula Rasa +, Episode:The Seer +, Episode:Be All My Sins Remember'd +, Episode:Quarantine +, Episode:Outcast +, Episode:Trio +, Episode:Midway +, Episode:The Kindred, Part 1 +, Episode:The Kindred, Part 2 + and Episode:The Last Man +
Month-Day birthAugust 28 +
MovieStargate: The Ark of Truth + and Stargate: Continuum +
NameAmanda Tapping +
NationalityCanadian +
OccupationActress +, Producer + and Director +
Producer ofSpace Milkshake (film) +, Sanctuary (TV series) + and Sanctuary (Web series) +
ProvAmanda Tapping +
SeriesStargate SG-1 +, Stargate Atlantis + and Stargate Universe +
Special Guest Star inEpisode:Search and Rescue + and Episode:Enemy at the Gate +
Stargate occupationActress + and Director +
Year active start1991 +