Rachel Melvin

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Rachel Melvin
Born (1985-02-09) February 9, 1985 (age 30)[1]
Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S.[1]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004 – present

Rachel Melvin (born February 9, 1985)[1] is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Chelsea Brady on Days of Our Lives (2005–2009) and as Penny in Dumb and Dumber To.


Personal life[edit]

Melvin was born in Elmhurst, Illinois[1] but moved to Phoenix, Arizona at age four. She was raised in Phoenix. She has an older sister named Jessica. She graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2003. She passed up a full scholarship to college so that she could move to California to pursue an acting career. It was the night before they changed the legal gambling age from 18 to 21. She used her money to move to Los Angeles. She took acting classes every weekend.[1] Her idols include Meryl Streep, Mary-Louise Parker, Anne Hathaway, Cynthia Nixon and Toni Colette.[1][2]

She now resides in Los Angeles, California.[1]

Melvin is a supporter of the American Diabetes Association, as well as various animal charities.[citation needed]


She landed her first acting job in the 2005 independent film Boo.[1] She later won the role of Georgia LaMarque, a French girl whom Bo and Billie had been falsely led to believe was their daughter on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, but only appeared in five episodes. Months later she took over the role of Chelsea Brady (originally portrayed by Mandy Musgrave). She and her dog were seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, when she was randomly interviewed at a gas station for a segment. Melvin has also guest-starred on Summerland, Jack & Bobby and 8 Simple Rules. With her family, she has also appeared on Family Feud.

In 2010, Melvin starred as Kaia in Seven Deadly Sins which premiered on Lifetime alongside Dreama Walker. The 1st part premiered on May 23 while the 2nd part premiered on May 24, 2010. In 2011, Melvin appeared in episodes of House M.D. and Castle.

In 2014, Melvin appeared as Penny Pinchelow in Dumb and Dumber To, portrayed Mary in Zombeavers and Sarah in the drama thriller film Madtown.[3]


Year Film Role Notes
2005 Boo Meg Film Debut
2008 Legacy Julie Direct-to-video
2009 Cry of the Mummy Le Petit Sirene Agent
2010 Girlfriend Rebecca
Seven Deadly Sins Kaia 2 Part Film
2014 Dumb and Dumber To Penny Pinchelow
Zombeavers Mary Direct to DVD
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Summerland Teen Girl 1 episode
Jack & Bobby Jamie 1 episode
2005 8 Simple Rules Cute Girl 1 episode
20052009 Days of Our Lives Chelsea Brady 518 episodes
2009 Heroes Annie 3 episodes
2011 House M.D. Wynn 1 episode
Castle Nicole Hixton 1 episode
2012 Good Luck Charlie Syd (hairdresser) 1 episode


Year Group Award Result Film/Show
2008 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Nominated Days of Our Lives
2009 Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series Nominated


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