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Claudia Lee Black (born 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress, known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction television series Farscape, Vala Mal Doran in the science fiction series Stargate SG-1, Chloe Frazer in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and the witch Morrigan in Dragon Age: Origins.

Claudia voices Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3. She reprises her role in Gears of War 4.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Black was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She was educated at the Kambala Girls School, in Sydney.[1] Black has spent most of her life in Australia, New Zealand, and North America.[1]

Acting career[edit | edit source]

Claudia has acted in Australian and New Zealand television and movies. She portrayed a hermaphrodite named Jill Mayhew in the Australian television series Good Guys Bad Guys.[1] She also had a leading role in the New Zealand soap opera City Life playing the role of Greek lawyer Angela Kostapas.[1]

For her roles in Farscape, Black 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. Black also appeared as Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1 as a regular cast member in the tenth and final season, and previously had a role as a recurring character in season 8 and season 9. Her first appearance was in the episode " Prometheus Unbound". Black has starred in two Stargate SG-1 Direct-to-DVD movies, Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum. In 2004, she was voted "#7 Hottest Scifi Babe" by Scifi WorldNet.

In the NBC TV show Life (NBC TV series)|Life (2007), Black was cast in the supporting role of Jennifer Conover for the initial pilot.[2] Due to Claudia'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.

Black has also appeared in theater. She once played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice.[1] She has also had parts in Spotlight On Women, Portrait of Dorian Gray, Loose Ends and Pick Ups for the Belvoir street theatre; Little Women and The World Knot for the Bicentennial Opera.[1]

Black is also a professional singer of jazz and classical music.[1]

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Title Character Year Format Notes
90210 Sona 2011 TV yoga teacher
NCIS Velvet Road 2010 TV Episode: "Borderland"
Spike Video Game Awards 2009 2009 TV Award/Promo Announcer
Moonlight The Cleaner 2008 TV Episode: "Sonata"
Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran/Qetesh 2008 Film
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran 2008 Film
The Dresden Files Liz 2007 TV Episode: "The Other Dick"
Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran 2004–2006 TV First appearance: "'Prometheus Unbound'"
One 2005 Film
Naked in London 2005 Film Only promo trailer
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun 2004 TV
Queen of the Damned Pandora 2002 Film
BeastMaster Huna 2001 TV
Xena: Warrior Princess Amazon # 2 2000 TV Episode: "Lifeblood"
Pitch Black Sharon Montgomery 2000 Film
Farscape Aeryn Sun 1999–2003 TV
A Twist in the Tale Morgana 1999 TV Episode: "Obsession in August"
Good Guys, Bad Guys Jill Mayhew 1998 TV Episode: "Naughty Bits"
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Cassandra 1997–1998 TV Episodes: "Hercules on Trial" and "Atlantis"
Water Rats Beth Williams 1997 TV Episode: "All at Sea"
Amazon High Karina 1997 TV
City Life Angela Kosapas 1996 TV series
A Country Practice Claire Bonacci 1993–1994 TV Episodes: "Burning Bright", parts 1 & 2
Police Rescue Julia 1993 TV Episode: "Double Illusion"
G. P. Joanna 1993 TV Episode: "A Thousand Flowers", part 1"
Seven Deadly Sins 1993 TV (mini)

Voice acting[edit | edit source]

Title Character Year Format Notes
Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Chloe Frazer (voice) 2011 Video game
Rango Angelique (voice) 2011 Film
Gears of War 3 Samantha Byrne (voice) 2011 Video game Announced at Comic Con 2010
Dragon Age: Origins Witch Hunt DLC Morrigan (voice) 2010 Video game
Mass Effect 2 Admiral Xen (voice), Matriarch Aethyta (voice), Rachni Envoy (voice) 2010 Video game
Dragon Age: Origins Morrigan (voice) 2009 Video game
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Chloe Frazer (voice) 2009 Video game
WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y. (voice) 2008 Film
Stolen Life (Machinama Movie) Kieru (voice) 2007 Film
Conan A'kanna (voice) 2007 Video game
Crysis Helena (voice) 2007 Video game
Project Sylpheed Narrator (voice) 2007 Video game
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Fauna (voice) 2005 Video game
God of War Artemis (voice) 2005 Video game
Farscape: The Game Aeryn Sun (voice) 2002 Video game
Steel Angel Kurumi Steel Angel Mikhail 1999 TV Voice, English version

Awards[edit | edit source]

  • 2009 – The Constellation Awards, Best Female Performance in a 2008 Science Fiction Film, TV Movie, or Mini-Series: Stargate: Continuum
  • 2007 – The Constellation Awards, Best Female Performance in a 2006 Science Fiction Television Episode: Stargate SG-1: "Memento Mori"
  • 2005 – Saturn Award, Best Actress, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

Behind the Scenes[edit | edit source]

  • "Sam's voice (Claudia) from Gears 3 was originally cast and recorded as the voice for Bernie. We swapped later in the project after some feedback and focus testing." - Jim Brown [3]

References[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

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