Life & Work


AmandaAmanda Tapping is best known for her acting roles as Samantha Carter in the series Stargate: SG-1 and as Helen Magnus in Sanctuary, although, in the last few years, she has also made a name for herself as a successful director in several well-known television series such as Supernatural or The 100.

She was born in Essex on August 28th, 1965, and her family moved to Toronto when she was three, where she subsequently spent her childhood and adolescence. In 1997, after being selected for the role of Samantha Carter, she settled down in Vancouver and has been living there ever since. She is married to Alan Kovacs and has a daughter, Olivia B Kovacs, who was born on March 22, 2005. Riley joined the family in July 2018. Riley is a Bouvier/Mastiff/Rottweiler/Boxer mix.

Recommended media

Podcast with Amanda Tapping at YVR Screen Scene, 2019
Bite the Bullet: Amanda Tapping for Self Worth and the MeToo Movement, 2019
Bite the Bullet: Amanda Tapping for Self Worth – Bonus Video, 2019
After Stargate at GateWorld, 2018
The unstoppable Amanda Tapping at YVR Screen Scene, 2017
Women Behind Canadian TV: Amanda Tapping at The TV Junkies, 2015
Convocation Speech at the University of Windsor: Spring Convocation Session 3, 2014
Meet Amanda Tapping, Director/Actor/Producer & Contest Mentor at Women in Film and Television Vancouver, 2014
Amanda Tapping on directing Continuum and Arctic Air at SciFi and TV talk, 2014
Interview about Sanctuary for Kids at Peace Fund Radio, 2013
Amanda Tapping finds Sanctuary at Myria, 2014
Amanda Tapping on coping with miscarriage at Westender, 2013
Tapping into Grace at Westender, 2013
Stargate’s Sam Carter Speaks at IGN, 2008
Interview with Amanda Tapping at IGN, 2004