Rachael Harris

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Harris at the 2017 WonderCon
Rachael Elaine Harris

(1968-01-12) January 12, 1968 (age 53)
Other namesRachel Harris
Alma materOtterbein College
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1992–present
Adam Paul
(m. 2003; div. 2008)

(m. 2015; separated 2019)

Rachael Elaine Harris (born January 12, 1968)[1] is an American actress and comedian. She is known for her numerous television roles, such as starring as Dr. Linda Martin on Lucifer and as a guest star on TV shows such as Sister, Sister, Reno 911!, New Girl, Suits and The Good Wife.



Harris performed with the Los Angeles improvisational comedy troupe the Groundlings and taught for a time with the Groundlings school.[2][3]

Off-Broadway, she performed in Love, Loss, and What I Wore.[4]


Harris at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

She debuted on television on SeaQuest DSV in 1993. After an appearance on Star Trek: Voyager in 1997, Harris went on to a recurring role in The WB's Sister, Sister. Other television credits include a stint as a correspondent for The Daily Show's 2002–2003 season,[3] as well as guest roles on The Sarah Silverman Program, Reno 911!, The West Wing, The Good Guys, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Monk, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Desperate Housewives in November 2008. Harris played the supporting role of Kevyn Shecket, Kirstie Alley's personal makeup artist, on the Showtime series Fat Actress in 2005-2009.[3] She also appears in Suits as Sheila Sazs, Louis Litt's on-and-off again love interest. She played Cooper in the ABC sitcom Notes from the Underbelly.

Harris hosted Smoking Gun TV in 2004, and has made multiple appearances on such VH1 documentaries as I Love the '80s, I Love the '90s, and Best Week Ever. On ABC's Cougar Town, she played Shanna, a woman that the network describes as being the "nemesis" of Jules.[5] Also on ABC, she made a guest appearance in the Modern Family episode "Caught in the Act" as an Amelia, a restaurateur and mother to a playmate of Lily Pritchett.

In March 2014, Harris began a new role in the very short-lived series Surviving Jack with Chris Meloni.[6] In March 2015, Harris was cast as Linda, Lucifer's therapist in the Netflix original series Lucifer.[7]

In 2018, Harris appeared alongside Cheryl Hines on the reality series Hell's Kitchen where they both sat in the blue team's chef's table in the episode "Hell Freezes Over".

Feature films[edit]

She debuted on film in the 1992 film Treehouse Trolls as Big Mama, Harris recalls the experience, "But Treehouse Trolls, that just came out of an audition in this shitty theater. Like, it wasn’t even a theater. It was a room. Near Times Square. And I was like, "I hope this is a legitimate audition. I could be going in for a porn. I don’t know"".[8] Her film credits include roles in Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Kicking & Screaming, and Daddy Day Care.[3] In the 2009 comedy The Hangover she plays Melissa, the domineering girlfriend to Ed Helms's character Stu. She previously co-starred with Helms on The Daily Show.[9] She plays the mother of the main character in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010) and its two sequels.


Harris' TV commercial work includes ads for Dinty Moore,[2] Avis,[2][3] Expedia,[2] Quaker Oats, T-Mobile,[3] GEICO,[3] and a Super Bowl commercial for the 2010 Census.[10] She is the voice of turtle Karolyn Slowsky in the Comcast Slowskys television commercials.

Personal life[edit]

Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1986 and Otterbein College in 1989, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre.[11]

Harris and violinist Christian Hebel eloped on April 30, 2015 and wed in New York City. Their first son, Henry, was born on July 19, 2016.[12] On August 25, 2018, Harris gave birth to their second son Otto. Harris filed for divorce from Hebel in 2019.[13][14]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Treehouse Trolls [8][15] Big Mama Troll First acting role, VHS Video
1996 The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson Fornaio Waitress #2
2000 Best in Show Winky's Party Guest
2002 Showtime Teacher
2003 A Mighty Wind Steinbloom's Assistant
Daddy Day Care Co-Worker Elaine
The Haunted Mansion Ms. Coleman
2004 Starsky & Hutch Mrs. Feldman's Friend
After the Sunset June
2005 Kicking & Screaming Ann Hogan
2006 For Your Consideration Debbie Gilchrist
2007 Matters of Life and Dating Carla
License to Wed Janine
Evan Almighty Ark Reporter
2009 The Hangover Melissa
The Soloist Leslie Bloom
2010 Diary of a Wimpy Kid Susan Heffley
2011 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Natural Selection Linda Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
2012 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days Susan Heffley
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Class Clown Voice
Wreck-It Ralph Deanna Voice
2013 Bad Words Eric Tai's Mother
2014 Lovesick Roberta
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Madeline Phelps
2015 Barely Lethal Mrs. Larson
Freaks of Nature Mrs. Mosely
2016 Brother Nature Aunt Pam
Year Title Role Notes
1993 SeaQuest DSV Rose 1 episode
1997 Star Trek: Voyager Martis Episode: "Before and After"
1998 Sister, Sister Simone 5 episodes
1999 Serial Experiments Lain Female Knight Voice: English version
2000 The Amanda Show N/A 1 episode
Two Guys and a Girl Pregnant Damsel 1 episode
2001 Grosse Pointe Reporter 1 episode
Three Sisters Sal 1 episode
2002 Judging Amy Alumni Volunteer #2 1 episode
Friends Julie Episode #8.23: "The One Where Rachel Has a Baby (Part 1)"
2003 Frasier Erin Episode #11.09: "Guns N' Neuroses"
Stuart Little Margalo Episode #1.02: "A Model Driver"
2003–2009 Reno 911! Debbie Dangle-Frost, Claire the Madam 6 episodes
2004 Curb Your Enthusiasm Joanne 2 episodes
According to Jim Mindy 1 episode
The West Wing Corrine McKenna Episode: "The Hubbert Peak"
2005 Fat Actress Kevyn Shecket 7 episodes
Monk Alice Westergren 1 episode
Committed Ruby 1 episode
8 Simple Rules Margaret Brandenbauerbern 1 episode
2006 Reno 911! Debbie Dangle 3 episodes
2007 The New Adventures Of Old Christine Claire 1 episode
Notes from the Underbelly Cooper Main cast
Matters of Life and Dating Carla Movie
2007–2008 The Sarah Silverman Program School Teacher 2 episodes
2008 Desperate Housewives Sandra Birch Episode: "City on Fire"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Megan 1 episode
Pushing Daisies Georgeann Heaps 1 episode
Suburban Shootout Natalie Davenport N/A
Hollywood Residential Rachael Voice, 3 episodes
Frisky Dingo A.L.E.X. 2 episodes
Emily's Reasons Why Not Lila Cox-Weiner 1 episode
2008–2009 Worst Week Julie 2 episodes
2008–2010 The Life & Times of Tim Adam's Date Voice, 3 episodes
2009 Cougar Town Shanna 1 episode
True Jackson, VP Kitty Monreaux 1 episode
In the Motherhood Blair 5 episodes
2010 My Boys Marcia 3 episodes
Glenn Martin, DDS Melissa the Wedding Planner Voice, 1 episode
Childrens Hospital Mrs. Throman 1 episode
The Good Guys Cynthia Savage 1 episode
Party Down Marguerite Tayler 1 episode
Gary Unmarried Rachael 1 episode
2011 Modern Family Amelia Episode: "Caught in the Act"
Archer Rona Thorne 1 episode
$h*! My Dad Says Soledad Cho 1 episode
2012 New Girl Tanya Lamontagne 4 episodes
Happy Endings Suzanne Episode "Sabado Free-Gante"
2013 Newsreaders Wendy Hayflack 1 episode
The Office Rachael 1 episode
2012–2019 Suits Sheila Sazs 28 episodes
2014 Surviving Jack Joanne Dunlevy Series regular
Maron Herself 1 episode
Bad Judge Dana McCoy 1 episode
2015 BoJack Horseman Cardigan Burke (voice) 1 episode
RuPaul's Drag Race Herself/Judge 1 episode
2016–present Lucifer Dr. Linda Martin Main cast
2018 Hell's Kitchen Herself Co-VIP guest diner for the blue team; Episode: "Hell Freezes Over"
2020 Make It Work! Herself Television special


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