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"'Listen, I don't care how my character looks, just make sure she's got really great boobs.' And Josh said, 'Oh, we've got a slider. We can make them go up, we can make them go down...' And I was like, 'Oh my god, of course you do.'"
— On Chloe Frazer's bust in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Claudia Lee Black (born on 11 October 1972 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian actress best known for her Science Fiction roles, most notably as Aeryn Sun in Farscape (for which she won a Saturn Award) and Vala Mal Doran in Stargate SG-1. A familiar face from Australian TV, she had breakthrough roles in both Queen of the Damned and Pitch Black (dying messily in each). Until late in her career, spotting Black's screen credit was a telltale sign of Australia Doubling.

Since then, Black has popped up in numerous American productions — usually as a Fake American — including NCIS and The Dresden Files.

Though her natural accent (switching effortlessly between Australian, British, and New Zealander) is rather underused on network TV, it should be immediately recognizable to nerds of all stripes. Black has a formidable résumé of voice credits, including Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Uncharted, God of War, and Diablo III. Basically, if the game contains a female Brit, she's either voiced by Black or Jennifer Hale.

She is also Jewish and proud of her heritage.

She also plays a mean guitar.

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Tropes Applying to Claudia Black:

  • Action Girl: Her roles, voiced or in-person, are usually this.
  • Awesome Aussie: She's Australian and plays a lot of very tough, capable characters.
  • The Cast Show Off:
    • The lizard tongue trick from "Won't Get Fooled Again".
    • Even though the Sebacean language sounds like someone playing dialogue in reverse, it's actually Claudia speaking backwards.
    • It only comes up occasionally in her roles, (such as Crichton's dream sequence in "Revenging Angel") but she has quite the singing voice as well.
    • She can roller-skate, which is a skill that came in handy during a particular episode on Stargate SG1
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Given her naturally deep, husky voice, this happens by default whenever she plays a villain.
  • Fake American: A few of her roles in American TV series utilize this.
  • Fake Brit: So often used that many viewers usually don't know that she's an Aussie.
  • The Gunslinger: Typifies most of her on-screen characters.
  • Hellbent For Leather: Quite a few of her roles.
  • Hidden Depths: She is a survivor of C-PTSD and PTSD and is a Trauma Coach.
  • Real-Life Relative: In Dragon Age: Inquisition her character Morrigan's son Kieran is voiced by her actual son, Odin.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She's 5'8 and very attractive.