Stargate Actress Is Now One Of The Stars Of Ahsoka And You Missed Her

By Chris Snellgrove | Updated

Claudia Black in Stargate SG-1
  • Claudia Black is in Star Wars: Ahsoka.
  • Claudia Black was one of the leads on the series Farscape and played a recurring character in the Stargate franchise.
  • In Ahsoka, Claudia Black plays one of the Nightsisters.

What’s the sci-fi franchise about exploring ancient temples and finding unexpected ways to travel to the rest of the galaxy? Once upon a time, the answer to that question would have been “Stargate,” but ever since Ahsoka figured out how to hop a ride on a space whale to search for her friends, the new answer is Star Wars. Interestingly, the two franchises have more than that in common: Stargate SG-1 star Claudia Black recently appeared in Ahsoka playing the lead Nightsister.

Stargate SG-1 actress Claudia Black was hidden in plain sight in Ahsoka episode 6, as the head Nightsister seen on Peridia.

Needless to say, most fans of both franchises didn’t recognize this iconic sci-fi actor (she also kicked ass in Farscape) for a simple reason. True to their previous design in the animated series The Clone Wars, all of the live-action Nightsisters were mostly clad in dark maroon robes, and their faces were painted white and marked with exotic designs.

Claudia Black in Ahsoka

Altogether, it’s one of the most memorable designs in Star Wars history, though as with other baddies layered in exotic clothing and even more exotic makeup (we’re looking at you, Darth Maul), it can be difficult to recognize the actor underneath it all.

While Claudia Black didn’t join Stargate SG-1 until season nine (and wasn’t a regular until Season 10), she became a fan-favorite actor and lowkey queen of the sci-fi genre.

If all these adventures in a galaxy quite literally far, far away have affected your memory, or maybe you never watched Stargate SG-1 in the first place, you may be curious as to who Claudia Black played in that other famous sci-fi franchise.

In Stargate, Black played the character Vala Mal Doran, a human who has a strange sense of humor and an even stranger destiny: she ends up giving birth to the new leader of a villainous race, and then she finds redemption by joining the SG-1 team. While Black didn’t join Stargate SG-1 until season nine (and wasn’t a regular until Season 10), she became a fan-favorite actor and lowkey queen of the sci-fi genre.

Who Are The Nightsisters?

While the Stargate franchise may be a thing of the past (for now, at least), Claudia Black brought her full regal bearing to play the lead Nightsister in Ahsoka. For longtime Star Wars fans, her appearance was quite significant: in addition to Black’s performance having the perfect level of creepy gravitas, we got to finally see the Nightsister homeworld, a graveyard planet known as Peridea.

Black’s character and her fellow Nightsisters aren’t exactly bad guys (not all the time, at least), but they see The Force differently than the Jedi do, and this has put them at odds with our favorite lightsaber-wielding good guys.

There are only two episodes of Ahsoka left, and while we can’t view the “threads of fate” like the Nightsisters do, we think it’s a safe bet that this former Stargate actor will play an even greater role in those episodes.

Already, this character and her fellow Nightsisters have proven instrumental in orchestrating Grand Admiral Thrawn’s return, and that alone has made them one of the most powerful forces in any galaxy. Considering the strong hints that the Nightsisters have resurrected Thrawn’s fallen soldiers, we wouldn’t be surprised if the finale to this franchise trades Stargate for The Walking Dead in a downright infectious homage to another genre franchise.

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