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Amanda Tapping BFA '88

A.K.A. Stargate SG-1’s Major Samantha Carter

Amanda smiling at the cameraAmanda Tapping is probably best known for her role in the MGM sci-fi television series Stargate SG-1 as Captain/Major Samantha Carter. Born in England, she moved to Ontario, at the age of 3.

Since she can remember, her parents always begged her to go into science. At the same time, however, she always wanted to be an actress. "I always had this sort of inkling I'd like to be a doctor when I was younger, and then, of course, like everyone else, wanted to be a marine biologist, but acting was always in the forefront," said Amanda.

Amanda then secured an agent and got her first commercial (Tim Horton's Oat Bran Muffins). Several more commercials followed, which helped to finance the existence of Random Acts, an improvisational comedy troupe, which she formed in the early 1990s in Toronto with two other women (Katherine Jackson and Anne Marie Kerr). The group performed sketch comedy in small venues around Toronto including The New Ideas Festival and Tarragon Spring Arts Fair. The group disbanded when all members relocated to other cities. However, quite recently, the group has been revived and has been working on a documentary.

In years 1995-1997, Amanda appeared in a number of television productions (including Flash Forward, Golden Will: The Silken Laumann Story, Remembrance, episodes of various shows like Due South, The Newsroom and The X-Files) and film productions (The Donor, Rent-a-Kid, Booty Call). Her major breakthrough, however, came in 1997 when she won the role of Captain Samantha Carter in television show Stargate SG-1.

For the part of Samantha Carter, she auditioned initially in Toronto and just two weeks before the start of filming the pilot of Stargate SG-1 she received a phone call telling her to pack her bags for Vancouver, BC where she continued in this role for 8 seasons. To appear as realistic as possible as Samantha Carter, a soldier and a scientist, she talked to an ex-Navy-SEAL and was learning specifically about astrophysics.

In 2004, Amanda took on the role of host for a new show for the Sci Fi channel entitled Proof Positive: Evidence of the Paranormal. It explores real paranormal phenomenon and subjects the evidence to forensic testing.

Amanda enjoys camping, skiing, hiking, reading and riding horses and supports Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pollution Probe and Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She is married to Alan Kovacs and they have one daughter, Olivia.

Tiffany Warriner 2005 Complied from information found at