Rachel Luttrell

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Rachel Luttrell
Rachel Luttrell at Bridge Studios in Vancouver, BC
Born Rachel Zawadi Luttrell
(1971-01-19) 19 January 1971 (age 44)
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Occupation Actress
Years active 1986–2013 (hiatus)
Spouse(s) Loyd Bateman

Rachel Luttrell (born 19 January 1971) is a Tanzanian-Canadian actress best known for her role as Teyla Emmagan, an Athosian warrior leader on Stargate Atlantis.

Early life[edit]

Luttrell was born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the daughter of Veronica Makihio Shenkunde Luttrell of the Washambala tribe of The Usambara Mountains and Dr. William Leon Luttrell from Bossier City, Louisiana. She is one of four daughters. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was five years old, and she was raised in Toronto. Her family has several musical roots; her father, a former member of the critically acclaimed Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, trained Luttrell's soprano voice. She studied ballet at the Russian Academy of Classical Ballet School and also studied piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


She made her professional début in Canada's Premier Production of Miss Saigon in Toronto and the Premier Canadian Production of Disney's Beauty And The Beast in Toronto. She would go on to appear in many other stage productions, such as Once On This Island, Goblin Market, and the premier performance of Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas.

Following a move to Los Angeles, Luttrell would go on to appear in many guest star roles on television.[1]

Frustrated with some of the roles being offered to her at the time, she was considering giving up on her acting career, and enrolling in UCLA to study architecture. She ventured to the UK instead and studied at the British American Drama Association on a midsummer course at Balliol College, Oxford. Shortly after her return to Los Angeles, Luttrell was cast in her most high-profile role to date, as Teyla Emmagan on Stargate Atlantis.[2]

In 2011 Luttrell released her debut Jazz album "I Wish You Love", which was produced by Austrian record producer Gerrit Kinkel and features Jazz greats like Jeff Hamilton, Jennifer Leitham, Graham Dechter and Konrad Paszkudzki. She was considered for the role of Storm in X-Men

Personal life[edit]

Luttrell is married to Loyd Bateman, and they have a son, Caden Dar Bateman, born 10 October 2007, and a daughter, Ridley Asha Bateman, born 5 October 2012.

Luttrell has two younger sisters, Erica Luttrell, who is also an actress, and Amanda Luttrell Garrigus, who is an on-air personality for fashion and entertainment.

Luttrell is sometimes credited as Rachel Z. Luttrell.


Year Film Character Other notes
1986 Courage Bobby's Daughter
1992 Street Legal Veronica Beck (Television 1991–1992)
Forever Knight Norma Alves
Personal Effects
1993 Maniac Mansion Lorrie
1996 Joe's So Mean to Josephine Girl in Bar
1997 Sleepwalkers Cassandra (Television series)
In the House Daphne
1998 Damon Brenda (Television series 1 season)
2001 Anne Rice's The Feast of All Saints Lisette
Charmed Janna, Second Witch
ER Paramedic
2002 Touched by an Angel Marla
Impostor Scan Room Nurse
2003 Everyday Use Dee
2004 Preview to Atlantis as Herself/Teyla Emmagan
From Stargate to Atlantis: Sci Fi Lowdown as Herself/Teyla Emmagan
Stargate Atlantis Teyla Emmagan (Television 2004–2009)
Stop Thief! Nicky
2005 The Aviary Portia
2006 A Dog's Breakfast Ratcha
2009 Hardwired Candace
2011 NCIS LCDR Stephanie Mosner One episode: "Sins of the Father"
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles CIA Agent Yvette Lowell One episode: "Big Brother"
2013 Zarg Attack! Mom Short film with Connor Trinneer, and her son, Caden[3][4]


  1. ^ IMDb
  2. ^ HoboTrashcan - Rachel Luttrell interview
  3. ^ "zarg attack! --Home". Weebly. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Bateman, Loyd. "Zarg Attack!". Youtube. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 

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