Rachel Shelley

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Rachel Shelley
Born (1969-08-25) 25 August 1969 (age 44)
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 1994–present

Rachel Shelley (born 25 August 1969) is an English actress and model. She is best known for playing Helena Peabody in the Showtime series The L Word and Elizabeth Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood epic Lagaan.

Early life[edit]

Rachel Shelley was born on 25 August 1969 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, and was brought up primarily in London. After graduating from the University of Sheffield with a B.A. Hons in English and Drama, she joined a local theatre company in Edinburgh and set up a community theatre company in Sheffield before moving to London to further her acting career.[1][2][3]

Career[edit]

Shelley is perhaps best known for playing Helena Peabody in the Showtime hit series The L Word. Other parts include Elizabeth Russell in the Oscar-nominated Bollywood film Lagaan in 2001, and the beauty whose tragic loss drives Charles Castle mad in the 1997 film Photographing Fairies. In 2012 and early 2013, she played the recurring role of Yvonne Rippon, a police superintendent who had a relationship with established character Nick Jordan, in popular BBC medical drama Casualty. Shelley left the series on 19 January 2013.[4]

Apart from acting, Shelley has written articles for The Guardian and DIVA Magazine.[5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Shelley lives in London with her partner Matthew Parkhill, who is a TV writer, director and producer.[9] They have a daughter, born on September 8, 2009.[10]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Broken Heart Isabel Short film
1997 Photographing Fairies Mrs. Anne-Marie Castle
1999 B.U.S.T.E.D Clare
1999 Lighthouse Dr. Kirsty McCloud
2000 Canone inverso - making love Jeno's Mother
2000 Calling, TheThe Calling Shelly Woodcock
2001 Lagaan Elizabeth Russell Bollywood Film
2003 Bone Snatcher, TheThe Bone Snatcher Mikki
2004 Seeing Other People Lauren
2006 Gray Matters Julia Barlett
2008 Children, TheThe Children Chloe
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Royce Alana Maxwell TV film
1997 New Adventures of Robin Hood, TheThe New Adventures of Robin Hood Boadicea Episode: "Heroes"
Episode: "The Birthday Trap"
1997 Wycliffe Sarah Episode: "Dance of the Scorpions"
1997 Bugs Jenna Spinks Episode: "Renegades"
1997 Highlander: The Series Sophie Baines Episode: "Avatar"
1998 Bill, TheThe Bill Maggie Hamilton Episode: "For Your Love"
2001 Baddiel's Syndrome Marcia Episode: "Huffa"
Episode: "Hair Today"
2001 Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story Harmonia TV film
2002 Heartbeat Sue Dixon, aka Denise Hurley Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
2002 American Embassy, TheThe American Embassy Mandy Episode: "Long Live the King"
2002 Coupling Samantha Episode: "Remember This"
2002 Cruise of the Gods Yasmina TV film
2002 Dinosaur Hunters, TheThe Dinosaur Hunters Mary Mantell TV film
2003 Sparkling Cyanide Rosemary Barton TV film
2003 Miss Match Rebecca Hanley Episode: "Something Nervy"
2004 Licensed by Royalty Linda Kubrick TV series
2005-2009 L Word, TheThe L Word Helena Peabody 54 episodes
2006 Ghost Whisperer Kate Payne (uncredited) Episode: "Cat's Claw"
2007 Ghost Whisperer Kate Payne Episode: "Speed Demon"
Episode: "The Collector"
2008 Under Det. Underhill TV film
2008 Ghost Whisperer Kate Payne Episode: "Deadbeat Dads"
2011 Episodes Kendra Episode: "Four"
2011 Strike Back Maggie Episode: "Project Dawn No. 5"
Episode: "Project Dawn No. 6"
2012-2013 Casualty Supt Yvonne Rippon Recurring, 2012-2013
2012-2013 Once Upon a Time Milah Episode: "The Crocodile"
Episode: "Manhattan"
2013 Toast of London Commander Scott-Gorham Episode: "Submission"
2013 Rogue Shelley Morrison Recurring

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