Return to the Gate - Amanda Tapping
Amanda Tapping is best known for her role of first Captain, then Major, and finally Colonel Samantha Carter in the highly successful MGM television series "Stargate SG-1", and her screen credits encompass many well known television series. Amanda is also a highly successful and respected director and executive producer from her work on the science fiction/fantasy series, "Sanctuary", and directing episodes of "Primeval: New World" and "Arctic Air".
Amanda has British roots - she was born in Rochford, Essex, and lived in South Benfleet, Essex for a year, before her family relocated to Ontario in Canada. Amanda had a talent for, and enjoyed, science, with her parents keen for her to take up a career in the subject. However, according to her mother she always wanted to be an actress. Very early on she excelled in maths, but at high school, she took a great interest in arts. Amanda studied drama at the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Arts in Windsor, Ontario and after graduating she spent four more years studying theatre and appearing in several stage productions, including "Children of a Lesser God", "The Lion in Winter" and "Steel Magnolias".
To this day she recalls how she vowed never to do television. However, a short time later she found an agent and acted in her first commercial (for Tim Horton's Oat Bran Muffins). Several more commercials followed and the income from these helped with the finance of Random Acts, an improvisational comedy troupe that she formed in the early '90s in Toronto with two friends. The troupe performed sketch comedies at venues in Toronto and the surrounding area, including The New Ideas Festival and the Tarragon Spring Arts Fair and finally stopped making appearances when the women's lives took them in different directions.
In the early '90s Amanda's television work expanded to include movies such as "Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story", "Remembrance" and "Rent-a-Kid", and series such as "Flash Forward", "Due South" and "The X-Files". Her major breakthrough came in 1997 when she was offered the role of Captain Samantha Carter on the science fiction series "Stargate SG-1" a role she played for 11 years, also across the franchise series "Stargate Atlantis" and "Stargate Universe", as well as both "Stargate SG-1" movies.
Amanda delights in portraying strong, independent women and, when asked to consider the role of Dr Helen Magnus in "Sanctuary" by her colleague, writer Damian Kindler, she jumped at the project. "Sanctuary" went from web series to highly successful television series and Amanda found herself not only acting as the lead character, but also serving as Executive Producer on it with Kindler and Martin Wood. Amanda also developed her love of directing while working on "Sanctuary", having directed an episode of "Stargate SG-1" a few years earlier. "Sanctuary" has run on the science fiction channel Syfy and has been sold worldwide. Since then Amanda has directed on many well loved and popular television series, and in 2015 directed a film for the Hallmark channel.
In June 2014 Amanda received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Windsor and in March 2015 she was named ACTRA's Woman of the Year in celebration of International Women's Day. Amanda has always used her talents for the good of others and has supported dozens of charities through her personal convention appearances and through her work, and so it was no surprise to her fans to hear that she had launched Sanctuary for Kids, with Damian Kindler and Jill Bodie. This charitable Foundation directs funds to projects where children are in need throughout the world and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars worldwide for such projects through online auctions of memorabilia and fan experiences. Amanda's fandom is generous, compassionate and fiercely loyal of their "Grand Empress of Sci-Fi" and Amanda is always delighted to meet them whenever she attends events or makes appearances anywhere.
Amanda sums herself up on her twitter profile: Mama, wife, actress, director, producer, activist and general goofball.