Amanda Tapping was born in Rochford, Essex in England on August 28, 1965. She spent a short time in South Benfleet, Essex, and was relocated to Ontario, Canada, at the age of 3. She attended North Toronto High School where she was awarded the Dramatic Arts Award and Environmental Science Award. Her parents always wanted her to go into the science field, but her first love was acting. Amanda studied drama at the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Arts in Windsor, Ontario. After graduation, she spent four more years studying theater and appearing in several stage productions. She has appeared in many movies and television shows such as Booty Call (1997), Life or Something Like It (2002), Rent-a-Kid (1995) (TV), "The Outer Limits" (1995) and "The X-Files" (1993), however, her real success that seemed to launch her career came in 1997 with the start of the TV series "Stargate SG-1" (1997) where she plays Colonel Samantha Carter.
She has three brothers, one of which is her twin. She has a dog named Abbie. On September 23, 1994 she married Alan Kovacs.
|Allan Kovacs||(23 September 1994 - present) 1 child|
Co-Founded the Canadian comedy group "Random Acts"
Raised in Toronto, Ontario.
Graduated from the University of Windsor's school of dramatic art.
Her brother Steven, who suffered from very severe epileptic attacks, died in December 2006.
Daughter, Olivia B. Kovacs, was born on 22nd March 2005; she weighed in at 9 pounds 4 ounces.
Her brothers' names are Richard, Steven and Christopher, where Christopher is her fraternal twin. Two of her co-stars on "Stargate SG-1" (1997) are also named Richard and Christopher.
Is a spokesperson for UNICEF.
Before her role on "Stargate SG-1" (1997), she appeared in many commercials including ones for Choclairs (chocolate bar), Folger's "Singles" and Advil.
She has appeared on-screen in more "Stargate" productions than any other actor. Tapping has played Samantha Carter in 206 episodes of "Stargate SG-1" (1997), 19 episodes of "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004), one episode of "SGU Stargate Universe" (2009), Stargate: The Ark of Truth (2008) (V) and Stargate: Continuum (2008) (V), bringing her total to 228 appearances. Christopher Judge is the only other person to have made more than 200 appearances in "Stargate" with 212 episodes of "Stargate SG-1" (1997), two episodes of "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004) and the two aforementioned direct-to-DVD movies.
Along with Gary Jones and Martin Christopher, she is one of only three actors to appear in the series finales of both "Stargate SG-1" (1997) and "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004): "Stargate SG-1: Unending (#10.20)" (2007) and "Stargate: Atlantis: Enemy at the Gate (#5.20)" (2009).
She has played the same character, Captain/Major/Lt. Colonel/Colonel Samantha Carter, in three different television series: "Stargate SG-1" (1997), "Stargate: Atlantis" (2004) and "SGU Stargate Universe" (2009).
[on 'Sanctuary'] We are a one-hundred percent independent Canadian television series. I think that's an anomaly in this country, and probably around the world in most countries. To have a television show that doesn't have the backing of a major studio or a major network is really unusual.
[on the establishment of the charity, 'Sanctuary for Kids'] To me, I'm living this great life. I thought there must be some way I can give back. Smaller charities can do a lot. There are places where a small amount of money can make a huge difference. the mandate is to help people who need help. It's a small drop in the bucket, but it's a drop. And it is making a difference.
(March 2005) Daughter, Olivia born
(May 2007) Starring in a Web-based series called "Sanctuary" (2008) coming to the Sci-Fi Channel in fall of 2008.
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