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Born: October 11, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Australia Profession: actor, singer

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An exotic looking brunette capable of projecting both strength and a sultry air, Australian actress Claudia Black earned a cult following with her co-starring role as Aeryn Sun, a commando pilot trained to keep her emotions in check, in "Farscape" (Sci-Fi Channel, 1999-2003). The Sydney-born performer was a finalist in the 1990 Globe Shakespeare competition and toured Europe as Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." Back home, she graced the stages in works as diverse as "Loose Ends" and "Little Women" (as the headstrong Jo) and became a constant presence on Australian television portraying Nurse Claire Bonacci on "A Country Practice" (1993-94) and a Greek lawyer in "City Life" (1996). She also drew attention for her turn as an hermaphrodite in a 1998 guest shot in the off-beat crime drama "Good Guys Bad Guys." While filming her supporting role as a transport passenger stranded on a strange planet in "Pitch Black" (2000), the actress was asked to help read actors auditioning for a new sci-fi series to be produced in Australia. Although the show's producers had intended to hire an American actress, the casting agent believed she would be perfect for the role. Black made a tape and was later invited to...

An exotic looking brunette capable of projecting both strength and a sultry air, Australian actress Claudia Black earned a cult following with her co-starring role as Aeryn Sun, a commando pilot trained to keep her emotions in check, in "Farscape" (Sci-Fi Channel, 1999-2003). The Sydney-born performer was a finalist in the 1990 Globe Shakespeare competition and toured Europe as Portia in "The Merchant of Venice." Back home, she graced the stages in works as diverse as "Loose Ends" and "Little Women" (as the headstrong Jo) and became a constant presence on Australian television portraying Nurse Claire Bonacci on "A Country Practice" (1993-94) and a Greek lawyer in "City Life" (1996). She also drew attention for her turn as an hermaphrodite in a 1998 guest shot in the off-beat crime drama "Good Guys Bad Guys." While filming her supporting role as a transport passenger stranded on a strange planet in "Pitch Black" (2000), the actress was asked to help read actors auditioning for a new sci-fi series to be produced in Australia. Although the show's producers had intended to hire an American actress, the casting agent believed she would be perfect for the role. Black made a tape and was later invited to Sydney to audition for and landed the part of Aeryn Sun on "Farscape." The actress nicely projected the character's strength and toughness but also developed a very palpable sexual chemistry with co-star Ben Browder (as human astronaut John Crichton). As the show went on, Aeryn developed into a fascinating and highly watchable character and the actress garnered legions of fans. Following the end of that series, Black appeared on two seasons of "Stargate SG-1" (Showtime/Syfy 1997-2007) as Vala Mal Doran and steadily increased her voiceover work on television, film and video games. Following a recurring role in "The Originals" (CW 2013- ), Black returned to series television in the thriller "Containment" (CW 2015-16).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Rango (2011)
4.
 Queen of the Damned (2002) Pandora
5.
 Pitch Black (2000) Shazza
7.
 Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (2004) Aeryn Sun
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1993:
Appeared on the Australian TV series "A Country Practice"; introduced character of Claire Bonnaci; made a regular in 1994
1994:
Co-starred in the Australian comedy "The Goodfruit"
1990:
Early TV credit in episode of "Police Rescue"
1997:
Made first of two appearances as Cassandra in "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
1997:
Portrayed a hermaphrodite in "Good Guys Bad Guys"
1996:
Was a regular on the Australian TV show "City Life"
1993:
Had featured role in the Australian miniseries "Seven Deadly Sins"
2000:
Had supporting role as one of the passengers on a transport vehicle that crashed on an unknown planet in the sci-fi feature "Pitch Black"
1999:
Played regular role of Aeryn Sun on the Sci-Fi Channel series "Farscape"
1990:
Was a finalist in the Globe Shakespeare Competition
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Notes

While some sources list 1963 as the year of Ms. Black's birth, she respectfully declines to give her age in interviews.

"I used to say that I'd be in this industry as long as it would have me; if I can get better, if I can develop more skills and a better craft and really solid technique as an actor, maybe one day I'll go back to university and study language.

"I don't think you should give up on one dream before you've got another one. Probably every actor has practiced an Academy Award acceptance speech, using various props from the kitchen as the statuette! Right now I just want to take each day as it comes." --Claudia Black when asked about her long-term goals as an actor, to Michelle Erica Green, posted at anotheruniverse.com, April 30, 1999.

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