Amber Benson – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Name: Amber Nicole Benson
Character: Tara McClay
Date of Birth: 8 January 1977
Place of Birth: Birmingham, Alabama, USA
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Season Four: Hush | A New Man | The I in Team | This Year’s Girl | Who Are You | Superstar | Where The Wild Things Are | New Moon Rising | The Yoko Factor | Primevil | Restless
Season Five: – Buffy vs Dracula | Real Me | Out of My Mind | Family | Shadow | Listening to Fear | Triangle | Checkpoint | Blood Ties | I Was Made To Love You | The Body | Forever | Intervention | Tough Love | Spiral | The Weight of The World | The Gift
Season Six: Bargaining Part 1 | Bargaining Part 2 | After Life | Flooded | Life Serial | All The Way | Once More, With Feeling | Tabula Rasa | Smashed | Wrecked | Dead Things | Older and Far Away | Hells Bells | Normal Again | Entropy | Series Regular from Seeing Red
Amber Nicole Benson was born to Herb and Diane Benson in Birmingham, Alabama where she lived with her younger sister until the age of twelve. Amber started performing at an early age and studied singing and dancing as well as acting. Amber and her family moved first to Orlando, Florida and then eventually to Los Angeles where she began work in TV and film.
As well as acting, Amber has written, produced and directed, most notably her own films Chance, starring Buffy’s James Marsters and Angel’s Andy Hallett and Lovers Liars and Lunatics. Amber has also written for the Buffy series of comics and in 2003 she teamed up with fellow Buffy writer, Christopher Golden to write and produce an online animated story, Ghosts of Albion, for the BBC which later got a second series.
Amber has also written her own series of books, the Calliope Reaper-Jones novels. In between all this she still finds time to act regularly in TV and both short and long films.
Since leaving Buffy she has continued to work guest starring in many TV series such as Cold Case, Tim Minear’s The Inside, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural and Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Ringer. She has also appeared in numerous movies and shorts with 3 movies due for release in 2018, Glossary of Broken Dreams, The Nightmare Gallery and The Griddle House.
Amber was a recurring character in Buffy from Season 4, appearing in almost every episode from her debut in Hush, but only because a series regular for her last episode, the pivotal Season 6 episode, Seeing Red.
Amber was supposed to return to Buffy in Season Seven episode, Conversations With Dead People, however negotiations fell through and her part was played by Azura Skye as Cassie Newton.
Amber sang on two tracks of co-star Anthony Stewart Head’s album, Music For Elevators.