Amanda Tapping life and biography

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Amanda Tapping biography

Date of birth : 1965-08-28
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Rochford, Essex, England
Nationality : British
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-12-09
Credited as : Actress, X-Files, Breakdown ; Engaged to Kill

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Amanda Tapping is an English-born Canadian actress. Born in Rochford, Essex in 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 when she attended 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 90s.

Tapping is best known for her portrayal of Samantha Carter, in the science fiction television series Stargate SG-1, which debuted in 1997. She is currently taking the place of Torri Higginson on Stargate Atlantis, as the Atlantis expedition commander.

As of 2004, Amanda lives with her husband, Alan Kovacs, in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has one daughter, Olivia B., born on March 22, 2005. Tapping had three brothers, Richard, Christopher and Steven. Chris is a fraternal twin, who works in Toronto as a database administrator. Tapping's brother Steven died in December 2006.

Amanda's first directing experience was on Stargate SG-1 episode Resurrection (Season 7 episode 19), written by co-star Michael Shanks.


1994 Forever Knight
1995 Rent-A-Kid ; Net Worth ; The Haunting of Lisa ; Degree of Guilt
1996 Flash Forward ; Remembrance ; Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story ; What Kind of Mother Are You? ; Due South ; The X-Files
1997 The Donor ; Booty Call ; Stargate SG-1
1998 Millennium ; The Outer Limits
2000 Blacktop
2001 The Void
2002 Stuck ; Life or Something Like It
2004 Traffic ; Legend of Earthsea ; Proof Positive
2005 Stargate Atlantis
2006 Breakdown ; Engaged to Kill
2007 Sanctuary
2008 Sanctuary ; Stargate: The Ark of Truth ; Stargate: Continuum ; Ghost Hunters
2009 Dancing Trees ; Stargate Universe

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