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Vala is a former Goa'uld host who now is a scheming, unscrupulous, thieving con artist. In addition to her mysterious agenda, she appears to have a more than passing amorous interest in Dr. Daniel Jackson.

Claudia Black is best known to American audiences as Aeryn Sun, a renegade Sebacean Peacekeeper on the Syfy original series Farscape.

On the big screen, Black has starred as Pandora in the Anne Rice feature film Queen of the Damned, alongside Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. She previously starred in USA Films' sci-fi sleeper hit Pitch Black, opposite Vin Diesel.

Black has appeared in many of Australia's most popular TV series and movies. She is well known to Australian audiences for her portrayal of the hermaphrodite Jill Mayhew in Good Guys Bad Guys, and the leading role of Angela Kostapas in City Life. She also appeared in the series G.P., Police Rescue, A Country Practice, Water Rats and Seven Deadly Sins, in addition to several guest-starring roles on Hercules and Beastmaster.

A finalist in the 1990 Globe Shakespeare competition, Black's theatre credits include Portia in the European tour of The Merchant of Venice, Jo in Little Women, The World Knot for the Bicentennial Opera, and Spotlight on Women, Portrait of Dorian Gray, Loose Ends, and Pick Ups for the Belvoir Street Theatre.