Amanda Tapping Poster


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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 28 August 1965Rochford, Essex, England, UK
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born In England, raised in Canada. BFA Acting University of Windsor. Amanda spent 12 seasons on Stargate SG-1 (1997) and its spin-offs, Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009), as "Samantha Carter". She then took on the lead role of "Dr. Helen Magnus" on the television series Sanctuary (2008), a project she had been nurturing from its inception on the internet.

Tapping has come to secure a strong and direct influence on her projects from behind the lens. She was an Executive Producer of "Sanctuary" and also sat in the director's chair for several episodes. She previously directed the Stargate SG-1 (1997) episode, Stargate SG-1: Resurrection (2004), in 2004, which garnered her a Leo Award nomination for Best Director. She has also directed three episodes each of Primeval: New World (2012), Arctic Air (2012) and Continuum (2012). She has also directed Strange Empire (2014), Olympus (2015), Dark Matter (2015) and X Company (2015). Tapping has also earned four Leo Awards for Best Actress, has been nominated for two Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards and won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Amanda's love of comedy lead her to co-found the all female Canadian comedy troupe, Random Acts. Her work in the short film Breakdown (2006) earned her the Canadian Comedy Award in 2007. She also did films like Space Milkshake (2012), Random Acts of Romance (2012), Taken Back: Finding Haley (2012) and Kid Cannabis (2014). She was Naomi on 7 episodes of the 8th season of Supernatural (2005). She also played a recurring character on the sitcom Package Deal (2013).

Tapping has had the pleasure of supporting various charities and organizations such as The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental disabilities, The Canadian Cancer Society, UNICEF and V-Day by performing in "The Vagina Monologues" to help end violence against women and girls worldwide. She also sits on the leadership council for The Waterkeeper Alliance. Amanda launched the charitable foundation "Sanctuary for Kids" in 2009 to support both local and global children's charities helping children in crisis. To date they have raised over $650,000. Their work takes them to Nepal, Haiti and the downtown east side of Vancouver. She was honored with Women in Film's "Woman of Vision" award. She also received the YWCA Women of Distinction "Connecting the Community" Award. She was awarded The Jules Verne Award in Paris for her humanitarian work. She was offered an Honorary Life Membership from the University College of Dublin Law Society and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of Windsor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Julia Hague

Spouse (1)

Allan Kovacs (23 September 1994 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (15)

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.
Of the other four original Stargate SG-1 (1997) regulars, she is the only one who did not meet and/or work with Richard Dean Anderson before the series began.
Has appeared in episodes entitled "Avatar" of two different series: The X-Files: Avatar (1996) and Stargate SG-1: Avatar (2004).
Daughter, Olivia B. Kovacs, was born on March 22, 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.
Along with Gary Jones, she is one of only two actors to appear in all ten seasons of Stargate SG-1 (1997) and all five seasons of Stargate: Atlantis (2004).
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) and Stargate: Continuum (2008), 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 (2007) and Stargate: Atlantis: Enemy at the Gate (2009).
Has played the same character, Captain/Major/Lt. Colonel/Colonel Samantha Carter, on three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009).
Has appeared with Paul McGillion, Christopher Heyerdahl and Kavan Smith on three different series: Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and Sanctuary (2008).

Personal Quotes (3)

[on winning her first Saturn Award] All I can say is thank God "Buffy"'s off the air, I was starting to feel like Susan Lucci.
[on Sanctuary (2008)] 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.

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