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    Amanda Tapping born 28 August 1965 in Rochford, Essex is an English-born Canadian actress, producer and director. She is best known for portraying Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis. Currently she stars as Dr. Helen Magnus in the Syfy Channel series Sanctuary.
    * 1 Background
    * 2 Acting career
    * 3 Directing experience
    * 4 Selected filmography
    * 5 Theatre
    * 6 Awards and nominations
    * 7 References
    * 8 External links
    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
    As of 2004, Tapping lives with her husband, Alan Kovacs, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has one daughter, Olivia B., 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
    Acting career
    In costume as Samantha Carter, during filming for Stargate: Continuum.
    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 five however, Tapping's role on the show was reduced to that of "special guest-star" with only occasional appearancesdue to her choosing to focus attention on the development of a new series for Syfy called Sanctuary. The show consists of 26 episodes over 2 seasons, which expanded on an original show released on the internet in 2007 as a series of eight webisodes, where the bulk of the scenery and characters are entirely green screen and CGI creations. Tapping serves as both star and executive producer of the show. Sanctuary has been renewed for a 4th season due to air Autumn of 2011.
    In 2007, she won a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Actress for her role in the short film Breakdown.
    Directing experience
    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 "Verita
    Selected filmography
    Year Film Role Other notes
    1994 Forever Knight Dr. Naomi Ross Television series, episode "Near Death"
    1995 Rent-A-Kid Mrs. Nicely Television movie
    Net Worth Colleen Howe Television movie
    The Haunting of Lisa Gina/Angel Television movie
    Degree of Guilt Marcy Television movie
    1996 Flash Forward Miss Yansouni Television series
    Remembrance Linda Television movie
    Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story Kathryn Laumann Television movie
    What Kind of Mother Are You? Ingrid Elstad Film
    Due South Audrey McKenna Television series, episode "Starman"
    The X-Files Carina Sayles Television series, episode "Avatar"
    1997 The Donor Cassie Film
    Booty Call Dr. Moore Film
    Stargate SG-1 Captain/Major/Lt. Col. Samantha Carter Television series, starring 1997–2007
    1998 Millennium Dr. Cantor Television series, episode "Borrowed Time"
    The Outer Limits Cmdr. Kate Girard Television series, episode "The Joining"
    2000 Blacktop Waitress Television movie
    2001 The Void Prof. Eva Soderstrom Direct-to-DVD film
    2002 Stuck Liz Film
    Life or Something Like It Carrie Maddox Film
    2004 Traffic Home owner's wife Television miniseries
    Legend of Earthsea Lady Elfarren Television movie
    Proof Positive Host Television series 2004–2005
    2005 Stargate Atlantis Colonel Samantha Carter Television 2005–2009, Starring 2007–2008
    2006 Breakdown Mary Johnson Short film
    Engaged to Kill Detective Burns Television movie
    2007 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Web series
    2008 Sanctuary Dr. Helen Magnus Television series, starring from 2008
    Stargate: The Ark of Truth Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD film
    Stargate: Continuum Colonel Samantha Carter Direct-to-DVD film
    Ghost Hunters Herself 2008 Halloween Live
    2009 Dancing Trees Mother Filmamanda tapping
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