Claudia Black

Claudia Lee Black (born in Sydney, Australia on 11 October 1972) is an Australian actress, best known for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun in the science fiction television series Farscape and as Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1.


Claudia Lee Black was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She was educated at the Kambala Girls School, in Sydney. She has spent most of her life in Europe and New Zealand.

Acting career

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

For her role in Farscape, Black was nominated Best Actress by Saturn Award in 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 appears as Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1 as a regular cast member starting in season ten; she portrayed the same character in one season eight episode ("Prometheus Unbound") and eight season nine episodes. In 2004, she was voted "#7 Hottest Scifi Babe" by Scifi WorldNet.

In the fall 2007 NBC TV show "Life" Black was cast in the supporting role of Jennifer Conover for the initial pilot. Due to Claudia's second pregnancy, the part was recast and the role was given to actress Jennifer Siebel when the series was picked up. Interestingly, NBC still used footage of Black, and none of Siebel, when promoting the show's 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 theatre. She once played Portia in a tour of the Merchant of Venice. 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.

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

Personal life

In order to film the mini-series Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, Black postponed her honeymoon in 2004.

According to an interview with TV Guide, Black gave birth to a boy in December 2005. She appears pregnant in the story arc of Stargate SG-1 beginning with the episode "Crusade". According to SG-1 co-star Michael Shanks, Black gave birth to her second son in November 2007.


Title Character Year Format Notes
Moonlight (TV series) The Cleaner 2008 TV Episode: "Sonata"
WarGames: The Dead Code R.I.P.L.E.Y. (voice) 2008 Film
Stargate: Continuum Vala Mal Doran 2008 Film
Stargate: The Ark of Truth Vala Mal Doran 2008 Film
Crysis Helena (voice) 2007 Video game
Stolen Life (Machinama Movie) Kieru (voice) 2007 Film
The Dresden Files (TV Series) Liz 2007 TV First appearance: "The Other Dick"
Stargate SG-1 Vala Mal Doran 2004–2007 TV First appearance: "Prometheus Unbound"
Project Sylpheed Narrator (voice) 2007 Video game
Neopets: The Darkest Faerie Fauna (voice) 2005 Video game
One 2005 Film
Naked in London 2005 Film Only promo trailer
God of War Artemis (voice) 2005 Video game
Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars Aeryn Sun 2004 TV
Lords of Everquest Lady Briana (voice) 2003 Video game
Queen of the Damned Pandora 2002 Film
Farscape: The Game Aeryn Sun (voice) 2002 Video game
''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"
Kôtetsu tenshi Kurumi Steel Angel Mikhail 1999 TV Voice, English version
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 (TV miniseries) 1993 TV (mini)



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