Gayle Rankin

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Gayle Rankin
EducationJuilliard School (BFA)
Years active2012–present

Gayle Rankin is a Scottish actress, best known as Sheila the She-Wolf in the TV series GLOW.[1] She also played the role of Queen Victoria in The Greatest Showman and Emily Dodson in HBO's Perry Mason.

Early life[edit]

Rankin trained at the Juilliard School in New York City, the first Scot to win a place there.[2][3][1]


In 2012, Rankin made her acting debut in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[4] In 2017, Rankin began appearing on Glow, as Sheila the She-Wolf.[5] It premiered on 23 June 2017, on Netflix.[6] The show was renewed for a third season[7] which premiered on 9 August 2019.

In 2017, Rankin appeared in The Meyerowitz Stories, directed by Noah Baumbach. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, and was released by Netflix on 13 October 2017.[8][9] That same year, she appeared in The Greatest Showman opposite Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams.[10][11]

In 2018, Rankin appeared in Irreplaceable You, directed by Stephanie Laing, opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Michiel Huisman. It was released by Netflix on 16 February 2018.[12] That same year, she appeared in In a Relationship directed by Sam Boyd, which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on 20 April 2018,[13] and in Her Smell, directed by Alex Ross Perry, opposite Elisabeth Moss and Agyness Deyn.[14]

In 2020, she was cast as Emily Dodson, the mother of Charlie Dodson, a 1-year-old child who is mysteriously kidnapped in Perry Mason.[15]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Warfield Molly
2013 Frank the Bastard Mary
2013 It Goes Quiet Joanie Short film
2014 The Meeting Sarah Short film
2015 Girl Wakes Up Jane Short film
2015 Buzzer Suzy Short film
2016 The Passing Season Tess
2017 The Meyerowitz Stories Pam
2017 The Greatest Showman Queen Victoria
2018 Irreplaceable You Mira
2018 In a Relationship Rachel Flegelman
2018 Her Smell Ali
2018 Health to the King Mary Anne Short film;Post-production
2019 Blow the Man Down Alexis
2019 The Climb Marissa
2020 Worth Maya
2022 Men Riley


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Schneider Episode: 'Theater Tricks'
2012 My America Gayle Episode: 'The Tal Pidae Lehstücke'
2013 The Missionary Molly Elbridge Television pilot
2017–19 GLOW Sheila the She-Wolf 27 episodes
2020 Perry Mason Emily Dodson Miniseries


Year Title Role Details
2012 Tribes Ruth Barrow Street Theatre
2014 Cabaret Fraulein Kost Studio 54
2015 The Mystery of Love and Sex Charlotte Lincoln Center Theater
2016 The Taming of the Shrew Bianca Delacorte Theatre
2017 Hamlet Ophelia/Second Gravedigger The Public Theater


  1. ^ a b "Sheila the She Wolf (Gayle Rankin) | Meet the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling: your guide to the cast & characters of Netflix's GLOW - On demand". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Gayle Rankin on Method and Madness - Page". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  3. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (24 June 2017). "Gayle Rankin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ Jones, Arnold Wayne (3 August 2017). "Sheila the She-Wolf aka Gayle Rankin on Auditioning for Netflix's 'GLOW'". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  5. ^ Daniel Holloway. "Jenji Kohan's Netflix Wrestling Comedy 'G.L.O.W.' Casts Gayle Rankin (Exclusive)". Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  6. ^ "'GLOW,' Netflix's Women's Wrestling Comedy, to Launch June 23". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ "GLOW season three: release date, trailers, and everything you need to know". NME. 21 August 2018. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  8. ^ Kanbergs, Vanessa Lawrence, Matthew. "Gayle Rankin Will Be at Cannes, in 'Hamlet', on Netflix's 'GLOW'—Basically Everywhere, Very Soon".
  9. ^ "See Adam Sandler in an actual good movie in the first trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories". The A.V. Club. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  10. ^ Shea, Jonathan (20 July 2017). "Gayle Rankin". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  11. ^ Wilson, Fraser N. (29 May 2019). "Greatest Showman actress gives Eaglesham Fair Hollywood seal of approval".
  12. ^ Budowski, Jade (23 January 2018). "Netflix February 2018: Complete List Of Netflix Movies, Netflix Shows, Netflix Originals, And More". Decider. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  13. ^ "In a Relationship". Tribeca Film Festival. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  14. ^ Galuppo, Mia (13 April 2018). "Agyness Deyn, 'GLOW' Star Gayle Rankin Join Elisabeth Moss in 'Her Smell' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  15. ^ Cantrell, Liz (22 June 2020). "What the Cast of the New Perry Mason Looks Like in Real Life". Town & Country.

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