Claudia Black

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Claudia Black
Black at the Maritim-Hotel, 2013
Born Claudia Lee Black
(1972-10-11) 11 October 1972 (age 49)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actress, voice actress
Years active 1993-present
Spouse(s) Jamie (m. 2004; div. 2015)
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, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.[2] She is currently starring 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.


Claudia has acted in Australian 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 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.


List of live-action and voice performances in television
Year Series Role Notes Source
1992 Home and Away Sandra    
1993 G. P. Joanna Episode: "A Thousand Flowers: Part 1"  
1993 Police Rescue Julia Episode: "Double Illusion"  
1993–94 A Country Practice Claire Bonacci Episodes: "Burning Bright", parts 1 & 2  
1996–98 City Life Angela Kosapas    
1997 Amazon High Karina    
1997 Water Rats Beth Williams Episode: "All at Sea"  
1997–98 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Cassandra Episodes: "Hercules on Trial" and "Atlantis"  
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys Jill Mayhew Episode: "Naughty Bits"  
1999 A Twist in the Tale Morgana Episode: "Obsession in August"  
1999–2003 Farscape Aeryn Sun, Chiana, Dr. Batina Fairchild    
2000 Steel Angel Kurumi Steel Angel Mikhail Voice role
Episode: "Mikhail"
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Amazon #2 Episode: "Lifeblood"  
2001 BeastMaster Huna    
2004 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun    
2005–07 Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran First appearance: "Prometheus Unbound"  
2007 The Dresden Files Liz Episode: "The Other Dick"  
2008 Moonlight The Cleaner Episode: "Sonata"  
2009 Spike Video Game Awards 2009 Herself Award/promo announcer  
2010 NCIS Velvet Road Episode: "Borderland"  
2011 90210 Guru Sona Episodes: "It's Getting Hot in Here", "All About a Boy" and "Revenge of the Nerd"  
2012 Haven Moira Episodes: "Magic Hour", parts 1 & 2  
2014 Rick and Morty Ma-Sha Voice role
Episode: "Raising Gazorpazorp"
2015 The Originals Dahlia 6 episodes  
2016–present Containment Sabine Lommers    
List of live-action and voice performances in film
Year Series Role Notes Source
2000 Pitch Black Sharon Montgomery    
2002 Queen of the Damned Pandora    
2005 Naked in London   Only promo trailer [6]
2007 Stolen Life Kieru Machinima film  
2008 Stargate: The Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran    
2008 WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y.   [7]
2008 Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran, Qetesh    
2011 Rango Angelique Voice role [7]
2012 Justice League: Doom Cheetah Voice role [7]
2012 Strange Frame Parker C. Boyd Voice role  
List of voice performances in video games
Year Series Role Notes Source
2002 Farscape: The Game Aeryn Sun    
2003 Lords of EverQuest Lady Briana    
2005 God of War Artemis   [7]
2005 Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Fauna   [7]
2007 Project Sylpheed Narrator   [8]
2007 Crysis Helena    
2007 Conan A'kanna    
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Chloe Frazer   [7]
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Morrigan Also in the Witch Hunt DLC [7]
2010 Mass Effect 2 Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta, Rachni Envoy   [7]
2010 Final Fantasy XIV Narrator    
2011 TERA Fraya    
2011 Gears of War 3 Samantha Byrne Announced at Comic Con 2010 [7]
2011 Rage Mel, Sally    
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Chloe Frazer Revealed in the E3 2011 trailer
Nominated – Spike Video Game Award for Best Performance by a Human Female
2012 Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Alyn Shir    
2012 Mass Effect 3 Admiral Xen, Matriarch Aethyta    
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Whitney Chang   [7]
2012 Diablo III Cydaea (Maiden of Lust) Also in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls [7]
2014 Destiny Tess Everis   [9]
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Queen Marwen    
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Morrigan    
List of voice performances
Year Series Role Notes Source
2008 Swallowing Darkness Narrator Audiobook  



  1. "Out of the Blue: Episode 20: Claudia Black".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ogilvie, Tristan. "The Ten Commandments of Gears of War 3". IGN.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 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.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Claudia Black for Conversation with Angels and in Steel Angel Kurumi 2002 FarScape". YouTube.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Claudia Black in trailer "Naked in London", 2005". YouTube.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 "Behind The Voice Actors – Claudia Black". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 27 June 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> – green check mark indicates roles that have been verified by BTVA through closing credits
  8. Project Sylpheed, closing credits
  9. Destiny - End Credits - IGN Video. IGN Video. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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