Claudia Black

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Claudia Black
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Black in 2013
Born Claudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 44)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Jamie (m. 2004; div. 2013)
Children 2

Claudia Lee Black (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress and voice actress, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction series Farscape and Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, as well as Sharon "Shazza" Montgomery in the film Pitch Black. She has also had several prominent roles in video games, such as Chloe Frazer in the Uncharted series, the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age: Inquisition, Daro'Xen in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.[2] She also starred in the miniseries Containment.

Early life

Black was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was educated at the Anglican Kambala School, in Sydney, NSW.[3] Black has lived, for extensive periods, in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States.[3] Her parents are Australian medical academics, Doctors Jules and Judy Black.

Career

Claudia has acted in Australia and New Zealand in television and movies. She portrayed an intersex woman named Jill Mayhew in the Australian television series Good Guys Bad Guys.[3] She also had a leading role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life playing the role of Greek lawyer Angela Kostapas.[3]

Black gained international recognition for her role in Farscape, and was nominated for a Saturn Award in the Best Actress category in both 2001 and 2002, and won the award in 2005. She has appeared in the feature films Queen of the Damned and Pitch Black. After Farscape ended, Black appeared as Vala Mal Doran in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Prometheus Unbound"; her performance was popular with producers and fans alike, and she was invited to reprise her role in the show's ninth season when series regular Amanda Tapping went on maternity leave. Black returned to the series as a regular cast member for the tenth and final season, and also starred in Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum, films which wrapped up the series' story lines. Black co-starred with Ben Browder in both series.

In 2004, she was voted "#7 Hottest Scifi Babe" by Scifi WorldNet.

In the NBC TV show Life (2007), Black was cast in the supporting role of Jennifer Conover for the initial pilot.[4] Due to Black's second pregnancy, the part was recast and the role was given to the actress Jennifer Siebel when the series was bought by the TV network. NBC still used footage of Black, and none of Siebel, when promoting the TV series' debut.

Popular at sci-fi conventions, Black showed her talent at singing and playing the guitar at the Farscape conventions, and in 2007 sang on the debut album of musician and fellow Farscape actor Paul Goddard.[3]

Black has also appeared in theater. She once played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice.[3] She has also had parts in Spotlight on Women, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Loose Ends and Pick Ups for the Belvoir street theatre; Little Women and The World Knot for the Bicentennial Opera.[3]

Since 2007, Black has also been a prolific video game voice actress. She has gained particular attention for her work with BioWare's Dragon Age and Mass Effect series. Her son Odin Black voiced her Dragon Age character's son in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Alchemist Agenda Ariel
2000 Pitch Black Sharon 'Shazza' Montgomery
2002 Queen of the Damned Pandora
2007 Stolen Life Kieru (voice)
2008 Stargate: Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran Video
2008 WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y. (voice) Video
2008 Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran / Quetesh Video
2011 Rango Angelique (voice)
2012 Justice League: Doom Cheetah (voice) Video
2012 Strange Frame Parker C. Boyd (voice)
2013 Rain from Stars Donna

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Home and Away Sandra "1.1138", "1.1139"
1993 Seven Deadly Sins TV miniseries
1993 G.P. Joanna "A Thousand Flowers: Parts 1 & 2"
1993 Police Rescue Julia "Double Illusion"
1993–94 Country Practice, AA Country Practice Claire Bonacci Regular role
1996–98 City Life Angela Kostapas Main role
1997 Amazon High Karina TV film
1997 Water Rats Beth Williams "All at Sea"
1997–98 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Cassandra "Atlantis", "Hercules on Trial"
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys Jill Mayhew "Naughty Bits"
1999 Twist in the Tale, AA Twist in the Tale Morgana "Obsession in August"
1999 Steel Angel Kurumi Steel Angel Mikhail (voice) TV series
1999–03 Farscape Officer Aeryn Sun Main role
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Karina "Lifeblood"
2001 BeastMaster Huna "Wild Child"
2004 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun TV miniseries
2004–07 Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran Recurring role
2007 Dresden Files, TheThe Dresden Files Liz Fontaine "The Other Dick"
2008 Moonlight The Cleaner "Sonata"
2010 NCIS Velvet Road "Borderland"
2011 90210 Guru Sona "It's Getting Hot in Here", "All About a Boy", "Revenge with the Nerd"
2012 Haven Moira "Magic Hour: Parts 1 & 2"
2014 Rick and Morty Ma-Sha (voice) "Raising Gazorpazorp"
2015 Originals, TheThe Originals Dahlia Recurring role
2016 Containment Sabine Lommers Main role

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Farscape: The Game Aeryn Sun
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lady Briana
2005 God of War Artemis
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Fauna
2006 Project Sylpheed Narrator
2007 Conan A'Kanna
2007 Crysis Helena
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Chloe Frazer
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Morrigan
2010 Mass Effect 2 Various
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Narrator
2011 TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea Elf Commander Fraya
2011 Gears of War 3 Sam Byrne
2011 Rage Mel / Sally
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Chloe Frazer
2012 Mass Effect 3 Adm. Daro'Xen vas Moreh / Matriarch Aethyta
2012 Diablo III Cydaea, Mistress of Pain
2012 Amazing Spider-Man, TheThe Amazing Spider-Man Whitney Chang
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Cydaea, Mistress of Pain
2014 Destiny Tess Everess
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Queen Marwen
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Morrigan
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Chloe Frazer Multiplayer only
2016 Gears of War 4 Samantha Byrne
2016 World of Final Fantasy Leviathan
2016 Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Audrey 'Mac' MaCullum
2017 Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Chloe Frazer

Awards

References

  1. ^ "Out of the Blue: Episode 20: Claudia Black". 
  2. ^ Ogilvie, Tristan. "The Ten Commandments of Gears of War 3". IGN. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Claudia Black Online: Biography. Retrieved on 7 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Claudia Black was scheduled to be on the new NBC TV Show pilot called Life.". Retrieved 28 October 2007. 

External links

  • Claudia Black on IMDb
  • Claudia Black at Behind The Voice Actors
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