Claudia Black

The Early Years of Claudia Black

Claudia Black is an Australian actress who was born on October 11, 1972. She grew up in Sydney and attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) where she studied acting. Claudia’s career began in the early 1990s with minor roles in Australian television shows such as City Life and A Country Practice.

However, it wasn’t until 1997 that Claudia’s career took off with her role as Aeryn Sun in the science-fiction series Farscape. The show was a huge success and ran for four seasons, earning Claudia a devoted fan base and critical acclaim for her performance.

Claudia’s Career in Television and Film

Claudia Black

Stargate SG-1 and Beyond

After Farscape ended in 2003, Claudia went on to star in several other science-fiction shows such as Stargate SG-1, where she played the recurring role of Vala Mal Doran. Claudia’s performance in Stargate SG-1 was so popular that she was brought back for the show’s spin-off series, Stargate Atlantis.

Aside from science-fiction, Claudia has also appeared in a variety of other television shows such as The Dresden Files, Haven, and Containment. She has also lent her voice to several video games, including the popular Uncharted series.

Claudia’s Film Career

In addition to her television work, Claudia has also appeared in several films. Her most notable film role was in the 2000 movie Pitch Black, where she played the character of Sharon ‘Shazza’ Montgomery. Claudia has also appeared in films such as Queen of the Damned and The Monkey’s Mask.

Outside of acting, Claudia has also worked as a producer and writer. She co-wrote and produced the short film A Boy, A Girl, A Dream: Love on Election Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018.

Claudia’s Personal Life

Claudia’s Divorce from Jamie Thurkettle

Claudia was married to Jamie Thurkettle, a producer and director, from 2002 to 2019. The couple has two children together, a son named Odin and a daughter named Viggo. In 2019, Claudia announced on social media that she and Jamie had separated and were getting a divorce.

Claudia’s Education

Before pursuing her acting career, Claudia attended the University of Western Sydney where she earned a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree. In 2011, she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Claudia also holds a PhD in performance studies from the University of Western Sydney.


Claudia Black has had a successful career in both television and film, with her most notable roles being in the science-fiction genre. She has also worked as a producer and writer, showcasing her talents outside of acting. While her personal life has had its ups and downs, Claudia remains a respected and talented actress in the entertainment industry.

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