Amanda Tapping was born in Rochford, Essex in England on August 28, 1965. At the age of 3, Amanda’s family relocated to Ontario, Canada. She attended North Toronto Collegiate Institute where she was awarded the Dramatic Arts Award and Environmental Science Award. While her parents always wanted her to go into the science field, her first love was acting. After graduating in 1984, Amanda studied drama at the University of Windsor School of Dramatic Arts in Windsor, Ontario and after graduation, she spent continued studying theater and appearing in several stage productions. In the early 90’s Amanda, along with Katherine Jackson and Anne Marie Kerr, formed an improvisational comedy troupe called Random Acts.
Amanda is best known for her role as Samantha Carter on the science fiction show, Stargate SG-1. Amanda, and her character Samantha Carter, headed over to SG-1 spin-off Stargate Atlantis where she was a regular for the fourth season. Concurrently she was working on the webseries Sanctuary. When Sanctuary was ready to take the scifi world on (it was picked up by SyFY (then SciFi) and SPACE), Amanda reduceed her role in Season 5 of Atlantis to take on the full time duties of star and Executive Producer of Sanctuary.
During Sanctuary’s run, Amanda served as star, executive producer and sometimes director. Sanctuary aired for four seasons before it ended. Sanctuary was never officially cancelled by Syfy but rather they waited so long before giving word on whether there would be another season that it became impossible to raise financing for another season of Sanctuary by their normal start date. Thus, no fifth season.
Out of Sanctuary came Sanctuary for Kids. Amanda, Damien Kindler and Jill Bodie started a charity for kids. Sanctuary for Kids “born out of a desire to help children.” Even though Sanctuary is no longer airing, Sanctuary for Kids will continue to help children for many years to come.
After 14 years of continuous series work, Amanda was without a regular job. After receiving word about Sanctuary, Amanda did a small movie called Random Acts of Romance which she has said saved her by giving her something to concentrate on. After a brief period of adjustment where Amanda had to rediscover who she was outside of being an actor on a series, she landed a reoccurring role on CW’s Supernatural. Amanda plays Naomi, an angel. Fitting part for someone as kind and loving as Amanda.