Claudia Black

Claudia Black

Birth name: Claudia Lee Black
Born: October 11, 1972
Age: 51
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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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, Admiral Daro'Xen and Matriarch Aethyta in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, and squadmate Samantha Byrne in Gears of War 3.[1] She also starred as Doctor Sabine Lommers in the miniseries Containment, and had a recurring role as Dahlia in the series The Originals.

Black was born and raised in a Jewish family[2] 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, Jules and Judy Black.



Claudia Black with Ben Browder at the San Diego Comic-Con in 2004

Black 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 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 well-received 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 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.

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

Popular at science fiction 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 performed in theater. She played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice.[3] She has 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 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.



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: The Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran Direct-to-video
2008 WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y. (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran / Qetesh Direct-to-video
2011 Rango Angelique (voice)
2012 Justice League: Doom Cheetah (voice) Direct-to-video
2012 Strange Frame Parker C. Boyd (voice)
2013 Rain from Stars Donna


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Home and Away Sandra 2 episodes
1993 Seven Deadly Sins Extra Miniseries
1993 G.P. Joanna Episode: "A Thousand Flowers"
1993 Police Rescue Julia Episode: "Double Illusion"
1993-94 A Country Practice Claire Bonacci Main role
1996-98 City Life Angela Kostapas Main role
1997 Amazon High Karina Television film
1997 Water Rats Beth Williams Episode: "All at Sea"
1997-98 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Cassandra 2 episodes
1998 Good Guys, Bad Guys Jill Mayhew Episode: "Naughty Bits"
1999 A Twist in the Tale Morgana Episode: "Obsession in August"
1999 Steel Angel Kurumi Steel Angel Mikhail (voice) English dub
1999-03 Farscape Officer Aeryn Sun Main role
2000 Xena: Warrior Princess Karina Episode: "Lifeblood"
2001 BeastMaster Huna Episode: "Wild Child"
2004 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun Miniseries
2004-07 Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran Main role
2007 The Dresden Files Liz Fontaine Episode: "The Other Dick"
2008 Moonlight The Cleaner Episode: "Sonata"
2010 NCIS Velvet Road Episode: "Borderland"
2011 90210 Guru Sona 3 episodes
2012 Haven Moira Episode: "Magic Hour"
2014 Rick and Morty Ma-Sha (voice) Episode: "Raising Gazorpazorp"
2015 The 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 Admiral Daro'Xen vas Moreh, Matriarch Aethyta
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 Admiral Daro'Xen vas Moreh, Matriarch Aethyta
2012 Diablo III Cydaea, Mistress of Pain
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man Whitney Chang
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Cydaea, Mistress of Pain
2014 Destiny Tess Everis
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
2017 Destiny 2 Tess Everis
2017 Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Jessica "Silent Death" Valiant DLC (Episode Zero, The Diaries of Agent Silent Death)
2018 Killing Floor 2 Mrs Foster DLC (Mrs Foster Content Pack)


  • 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"
  • 2004 - Saturn Award, Best Actress, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

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