|Born||Rachael Elizabeth Beck
9 February 1971
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||Musical theatre and television actress-singer|
|Spouse(s)||Ian Stenlake (January 2001–present)|
Rachael Elizabeth Beck (born 9 February 1971) is an Australian stage and television singer-actress. From 1991 to 1994 Beck had a major role on the popular sitcom, Hey Dad..!, as Samantha Kelly. From 2006 to 2008, Beck appeared on all three seasons of Seven Network's celebrity singing competition It Takes Two, as a singing coach successively for Mark Furze, Ernie Dingo and Mark Wilson. She has appeared in the Australian musical theatre productions of Cats (1985), Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1995–96), Les Misérables (1995–96), The Sound of Music (August 2000 to February 2001), Cabaret, Singing in the Rain and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Beck is expected to release her first solo album in 2013.
Rachael Elizabeth Beck was born on 9 February 1971 and grew up in Sydney. Her father is John Beck, who directed her in school musicals. She has a brother and sister. At nine-years-old Beck was performing at Eisteddfods where she sang "The Count" (from Sesame Street). For her schooling Beck attended SCECGS Redlands in Sydney.
From 1991 to 1994 Rachael Beck had a major role on the popular sitcom, Hey Dad..!, as Samantha Kelly. Her other television credits include brief stints on Home and Away and as a reporter for Postcards WA.
From 2006 to 2008, Beck appeared on all three seasons of Seven Network's celebrity singing competition It Takes Two. In 2006 she earned third place with Home and Away actor Mark Furze. In 2007 she partnered Ernie Dingo, finishing fourth overall.
Beck has starred in a number of Australian theatre productions. In 1992 she performed the title role in Young Judy – a one-woman show on the early life of Judy Garland – written by her father, John. She appeared in the Australian stage productions of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1995–1996) as Belle opposite Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables as Fantine (1997–98), The Sound of Music (August 2000 to February 2001), taking over from Lisa McCune as Maria for the Perth and Adelaide productions), Cabaret as Sally Bowles, Singing in the Rain as Kathy Selden. In 2006, Beck (as Gladys Hotchkiss) appeared alongside her husband Ian Stenlake (as Sid Sorokin) in a stage production of The Pajama Game at Melbourne's State Theatre.
In September 2007 Beck undertook the role of Beth in the Australia-New Zealand live concert tour of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds- Alive on Stage. She was cast opposite Michael Falzon (Artilleryman) and Shannon Noll (Parson) as well as album alumi Chris Thompson, and Justin Hayward in their original roles . The cast performed with the holographic head of narrator Richard Burton, as well as musical talents of the 48-piece ULLAdubULLA Strings and 10-piece Black Smoke Band, conducted by composer Jeff Wayne.
During January and February 2012, Beck appeared in the role of Claire in Squabbalogic's premiere of Adam Gwon's chamber Musical Ordinary Days at Sydney Darlinghurst Theatre with Michael Falzon (Jason), Erica Lovell (Deb) and Jay James Moody (Warren).
She appeared in Enda Markeys April gala concert Side By Side By Sondheim in Sydney featuring Ruthie Henshall before joining Falzon again in September in the touring company of Side by Side by Sondheim. The touring production, which saw Beck perform in Canberra included Geraldine Turner and Jessica Rowe.
In November she originated the role of Truly Scrumptious in Australia for the national premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney. Beck remained with the tour throughout 2013.
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