Amanda Tapping first appeared in the 1995 low-budget film The Donor. That same year, she also made her television debut in an episode of Forever Knight, as well as acted in the TV movies Degree of Guilt and Net Worth. She next made one-time roles in several shows, including Side Effects, Goosebumps, Due South, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, and The X-Files. Her first recurring role was as Miss Yansouni in the television series Flash Forward.
At the same time, she appeared in the movies What Kind of Mother Are You? and Booty Call. Tapping’s breakthrough role on television was as Samantha Carter in Stargate SG-1, which she starred in between 1997 and 2007. She simultaneously had performances in the films Stuck and Life or Something Like It, as well as appeared in the miniseries Earthsea. She reprised the role of Samantha Carter in Stargate Atlantis, starring on the show between 2005 and 2009.
At the same time, the actress also became known for her role as Dr. Helen Magnus in the sci-fi series Sanctuary. In 2008, she played Col. Samantha Carter in the TV movies Stargate: The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum. From 2009 to 2010, Tapping was the narrator in the program Riese: Kingdom Falling. After this, she also played recurring character Naomi in Supernatural. She then played Dr. Perrow, another recurring part in the sci-fi series Travelers.
Already in her 50s, Amanda Tapping stays in good shape by combining a lifestyle that incorporates exercise and healthy diet. She has since learned to avoid any unhealthy meals. Instead, she mostly eats lean meat, whole grains, and plenty of vegetables and fruits. Moderation is also an important aspect of her diet plan. Not eating too much contributes to her maintaining a healthy weight. To help her avoid binge-eating, she snacks healthy foods in between meals, usually almonds, vegetable/fruit smoothies, yogurts, and salads.