Claudia Black is an Australian actor and voice artist, most notably for her portrayals of Aeryn Sun from the television series Farscape, Vala Mal Doran from Stargate SG-1, and Sharon “Sharon” Montgomery from the movie Pitch Black. Her other notable roles include episodes of Doctor Who, House, Scrubs, Batman: The Chronicles ofardenhalder, X-Files, Bratz, and many more. She was born in November of 1974 in Adelaide, Australia. Black has British/Asian heritage and grew up in London. She was an avid reader as a child and often cited both sci-fi and fantasy books as her form of entertainment.
Claudia Black became known to American audiences through the role she played in the animated film Avatar. Her voice acting prowess earned her an additional voice role in the video game Metal Gear Solid V. After that, she was cast in the lead role in the award winning movie Shakespeare’s Rime, playing the role of Ariel. In the sequel to that movie, Finding Nemo, Black continued her vocal career with the release of Finding Nemo 3.
Now, Black lives in New Zealand, where she resides with her husband and two children. Her current roles were not planned when she moved to the country; in fact, her character on the television seriesurgitated the accent and regional dialect of New Zealanders. As such, her ability to play an enduring character is owed in part to the open mind she allowed while filming in Australia. “If I had known what the New Zealand accent was, I would have done it differently,” she states.
Black first came to the attention of American audiences through her appearance on the television series sweeps of The Late Show with David Letterman. There, she portrayed a character who spoke in an Australian accent. This role went on to air on the spinoff for spinoff series Top Gear, as well as later appearances on American TV shows like Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond. In all of these projects, though, Black was able to maintain consistent lines in her diction and pronunciation.
Black’s portrayal of Claire Danes in the television series Stargate: SG1 garnered critical acclaim. In this series, she portrayed an alternate timeline version of herself. Claire was an archaeologist on a mission when she discovered a mysterious stargate on the planet Gorgilla. When she and the expedition crew went to investigate, they discovered that the portal was connected to the planet Collete. There, they discovered the legendary city of St. Petersburg, which is located in Florida.
During the course of the Stargate: SG1 television show, Claire’s character was forced into stasis. However, when a team of expedition members transported a dazed Claire back to the Earth, they discovered that she had retained her memory and ability to speak. This discovery ended up providing the basis for Claudia Black’s famous voice work on the stargate farscape series. She voiced the character of SG1 Iris. After this, Black went on to voice several other characters in the series including Major, Jonas, Teal’kiel, Laskai, Ford and Dr. Allen.
In 2021, Black guest-starred on the animated TV movie King of the Hill. In this film, she voiced a young woman who had a hard time speaking because of her torturous past. Her unique vocal style earned her a number of accolades, which included an additional feature length episode of Stargate: SG1. The voice work on this film earned Black the recognition of sci-fi fans everywhere. As a result, she began to receive a good deal of praise from that community as well as from other professionals. It also marked a beginning to a string of voice work including the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four amongst others.
Claudia Black has also found success in her acting career, having appeared in a number of different soap operas. Her most notable role to date is the lead role of Coraline herself, from the award winning British series of the same name. While Coraline did not receive a second season of television, it did become a hit in Australia, earning the actress an appearance on the Oprah Show. After that, she continued to appear in a number of Coraline episodes, as well as a number of spin-off television projects. Additionally, Black recently appeared in a video game adaptation of Coraline as well as the movie adaptation of the same title.