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Amanda Tapping reprises the role of the enigmatic Dr. Helen Magnus in the second season of the popular sci-fi series Sanctuary. Amanda recently won a 2009 Leo Award, honoring the best in British Columbian Film and Television, in the ‘Best Lead Performance by a Female’ category for her role in the series. She was also nominated for her lead performance in the feature Stargate: Continuum.
In addition to starring in the series, Tapping also takes on a strong business role as Executive Producer of the show and will be directing an episode of Sanctuary in season two.
Amanda is best known for her record-breaking 10 seasons as the brilliant Air Force Colonel Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1, as well as a season on the series’ popular spinoff series Stargate Atlantis.
After the wrap of Stargate SG-1, Tapping continued her role as Col. Carter in two DVD movies, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum with plans for more Stargate movies in the works.
Tapping was born in Rochford, England and raised in Toronto, Canada with her three brothers. She has enjoyed a very active television career, having had the pleasure of starring on another show for the SCI FI Channel as host of the series Proof Positive which explores the science front of fact versus fiction. She has also guest starring roles on a number of television shows, including: The X-Files, Due South, Forever Knight, Kung-Fu: The Legend Continues, The Newsroom, Millennium and The Outer Limits. In addition, she was a series regular on the Disney series Flash Forward. Other television credits include Lessons in Love, Remembrance, The Haunting of Lisa, Degree of Guilt, Abby Lord and the USA miniseries Traffic.
A graduate of the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Art, Tapping has performed in such theatrical productions as Steel Magnolias, Look Back In Anger, Children of a Lesser God, Noises Off, The Lion in Winter, Picnic, The Shadow Walkers and The Taming of the Shrew.
Tapping has a natural ability to make people laugh and she has engaged that trait into her work as co-founder of the Canadian comedy troupe, Random Acts.
The talented actor is also gifted behind the camera. Amanda made her directorial debut with an episode of Stargate SG-1 (“Resurrection”), which garnered her a Leo Award nomination for Best Director. She has also been honoured with three Leo Awards for Best Actress. Tapping has been nominated for two Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards for her role on SG-1. She won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2005. Multichannel News and Women in Cable & Telecommunications in New York also honored her in 2003 as a “Wonder Woman on Air." Most recently, Tapping was honored with the “Woman of Vision” award by Women in Film and Television Vancouver.
A strong believer in mentorship and dedicated to constantly improving the world of the arts, whether she is behind or in front of the camera, Tapping is active in a number of professional organizations. She appeared in The Vagina Monologues, in support of V-Day, a worldwide movement to end violence against women and girls.
Tapping is an advocate of various charities and has contributed new computers to The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental disabilities and also has had the honor to serve for a number of years as emcee for the celebrated Diamond Ball in support of The Canadian Cancer Society. Tapping is a proud supporter of the Waterkeepers Alliance. She is also launching a new fundraising initiative this year to support smaller children’s charities worldwide.
Amanda Tapping currently resides in Vancouver with her husband Alan, daughter Olivia, and their dog, George.