22 August 1991 (age 28)
|Years active||2008–2009, 2016–|
Rachel Adedeji Finegan is an English singer and actress. She finished ninth on sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. She had previously appeared on series 5, but only managed to reach bootcamp. Following her debut on the show, she was signed by RAM Records. In 2016, she joined the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks, playing the role of Lisa Loveday.
The X Factor
Adedeji began her career as a singer. She began singing at the age of 8 and studied musical theater in college. She performed at many musical productions and had a role in the musical Mamma Mia!. In 2008, Adedeji auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor. Adedeji returned to the show for the sixth series.
On 21 March 2016, it was announced that Adedeji had joined the Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks as Lisa Loveday, the long-lost daughter of Simone Loveday (Jacqueline Boatswain) and Louis Loveday (Karl Collins). She made her on-screen debut in April 2016. Shortly after, Adedeji made a guest appearance on Lorraine, discussing about her Hollyoaks role.
For her performance, she was nominated for "Best Actress" at the British Soap Awards 2017, however she did not make the shortlist. On 30 August 2017, it was announced that Adedeji was expecting her first child and would take maternity leave. Adedeji departed Hollyoaks on-screen on 1 December 2017 to begin maternity leave and returned in November 2018.
|2008||The X Factor||Contestant||Eliminated at boot camp|
|2009||The X Factor||Contestant||Finished at 9th place|
|The Xtra Factor||Contestant/Guest||11 episodes|
|Ant & Dec's Christmas Show||Herself||1 episode|
|2016−||Hollyoaks||Lisa Loveday||Regular role|
Awards and nominations
|2017||British Soap Awards||Best Actress||Lisa Loveday in Hollyoaks||Longlisted|||
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