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Sanctuary veteran Amanda Tapping will guest-star on Syfy and Space’s Killjoys, the Canadian bounty hunter drama that debuts on June 19, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Sci-fi royalty Tapping will play a fiercely clever scientist in one episode at the back half of the season, with her character’s “charismatic charm” keeping her true intentions concealed from the Killjoys. Tapping also played a scientist, Dr. Helen Magnus, in Sanctuary, another Syfy drama, and performed the role of Captain Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1.
Tapping boards Killjoys, a 10-episode joint venture between Syfy and Canada’s Space channel, with Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore and Luke Macfarlane in the lead roles as a trio of badass intergalactic bounty hunters tracking down fugitives. British actress John-Kamen plays Dutch, a top-level Killjoy who chases deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant planetary system on the brink of class war.
Ashmore is peacemaker John Jaqobis, and Macfarlane is sarcastic yet loyal solider D’avin. Killjoys comes from creator Michelle Lovretta (Lost Girl) and Temple Street Productions, which also produces Orphan Black.
The show is executive produced by Lovretta, David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, with Karen Troubetzkoy producing. The writers include Jeremy Boxen, Aaron Martin, Emily Andras and Adam Barken.
Universal Cable Productions is distributing the series worldwide.
Honour bestowed in celebration of International Women’s Day
ACTRA is shining the spotlight on Amanda Tapping, ACTRA National’s 2015 Woman of the Year. ACTRA bestows this honour on a member who excels in both her artistic and advocacy achievements.
“Amanda Tapping is a highly regarded actor, director and producer,” said ACTRA National President Ferne Downey. “She is so multi-talented that she has become a source of inspiration to all the women in Canada’s extensive TV, film and digital community. Amanda dove into the digital world early and is now recognized as a phenomenal trailblazer. Her brilliant work as a humanitarian is far reaching and powerful.”
Amanda is well known for her role as Samantha Carter on the science fiction TV series Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate: Universe. She is the star and executive producer of Sanctuary, the first Canadian web series to make the jump to TV. Amanda has earned four Leo Awards for Best Actress, has been nominated for two Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards and won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. She played Naomi in the TV series Supernatural and is a recurring character on Package Deal. Her recent film roles include Taken Back, Random Acts of Romance, Hell in a Handbag and Space Milkshake. Amanda received a Best Director Leo Award nomination for Stargate: SG-1 and her recent TV directing credits include Primeval: New World, Arctic Air, Continuum, Strange Empire, Olympus and Dark Matter.
Amanda’s charitable foundation “Sanctuary for Kids” has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for causes both worldwide and locally in Vancouver. She supports numerous charities such as The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental disabilities, The Canadian Cancer Society, UNICEF and V-Day by performing in The Vagina Monologues to help end violence against women and girls worldwide. Amanda has been honored with the “Woman of Vision” Award by Women in Film and Television, received the YWCA Women of Distinction “Connecting the Community” Award and was recently awarded the Jules Verne Award in Paris for her humanitarian work. She works with Women in Film and Television as a mentor for young women in the industry as well as being on the women’s advocacy committee.
We have added over 1000 HD screencaps from Random Acts of Romance. Such a wonderful film and a very different role for Amanda. A limited number of DVDs are being sold on their Facebook page so go and check it out! You won’t regret it.
@packagedeal_TV: Have you heard the BIG NEWS #PackageDeal Fans?! SEASON 2 PREMIERES September 12th 9pmET on @City_tv! #EyeOnCanada
A few days ago, the Package Deal twitter announced that Season 2 will premiere on Sept 12 on City TV at 9pm. We still aren’t sure which episodes Amanda will be in yet, but we will keep an eye out and keep you updated. Amanda has filmed two episodes so far and she plays the boss of one of the leading characters. According to Amanda, her character is not the nicest of women and has a bit of a drinking problem, which makes her quite funny. Make sure you tune in!
She is often referred to as the Grand Empress of Sci-fi after nabbing starring roles in TV series such as Sanctuary, Supernatural and, most significantly, the Stargate franchise.
But before her appearance at Oz ComicCon this weekend, Canadian actress and director Amanda Tapping will just be a normal mum taking her family on a quick holiday around Perth.
On her first visit to WA, Tapping flew in a few days early with husband Alan Kovacs and nine-year-old daughter Olivia to experience some of the State’s best sights before the madness of the event takes over tomorrow at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
“We are going to explore,” the star tells AAA. “We are going to take the train into *Fremantle * and wander around there.”
Despite her fame from playing Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis for more than 10 years, Tapping was initially nervous at the thought of appearing at her first fan convention several years ago.
But she was soon enchanted with the idea of people coming together from all around the world based on a mutual love for the sci-fi genre.
“The fandom is so socially connected and socially aware and that blows my mind,” Tapping says. “I love going to England and seeing people who have come from Egypt to meet their friend from New Jersey.”
Her dedicated support base around the world has also proved a platform for Tapping to spread messages about her charity Sanctuary for Kids, which aims to help children in crises including an orphanage in Nepal, a school in Haiti and homeless teens in her home town of Vancouver.
“The fans have taken up the mantle of this charity beyond my wildest dreams,” the 48-year-old says. “It’s crazy, fantastic and very humbling what people have done for us.”
As soon as she returns to Canada, Tapping will jump into filming a comedy sitcom and will then direct several episodes for what she calls the “next big sci-fi extravaganza”, Olympus. And though she admits her work on Stargate is now in the past, she would “never say never” to the right follow-up.
“There is still an opportunity for a cool Stargate movie that pools together all the series from the franchise,” Tapping says.
Amanda recently appeared on one of our favorite Canadian shows, The Rush! Amanda was paired up with Luvia Petersen and they chatted about their latest projects, Amanda’s move to directing and Luvia’s new podcast.
I’ve added over 300 captures from the interview to the gallery: