Rachael Blake

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Rachael Blake
Born Rachael Morelle Braine
(1971-05-26) 26 May 1971 (age 47)
Perth, Australia
Other names Rachel Blake
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Tony Martin (2003–present)
Awards Fantasporto Award for Best Actress
2004 Perfect Strangers
IF Award for Best Actress
2001 Lantana
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Series
1999 Wildside

Rachael Morelle Blake (born 26 May 1971) is an Australian actress.

Early life[edit]

Blake was born in Perth.[citation needed] At the age of 18 months, she moved to England with her English parents, only to return to Perth at age 11.[1]

Blake was born deaf in one ear, a condition that was rectified by a series of operations undertaken before she was six. To overcome shyness[1] and her hearing problem,[2] her mother enrolled her in elocution lessons, which she continued until age 17.[1]

After attending the John Curtin College of the Arts high school in Perth, she applied to Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art ("NIDA") at age 17. but was rejected due to her age. She was accepted to NIDA when she was 19.[1]

Acting career[edit]

At 13, Blake was cast in a short film. Blake's first film role was in the Australian children's movie Paws. After studying at NIDA, she worked on Australian television shows Home and Away (as Mandy Thomas), Pacific Drive, and Heartbreak High. In 1997, she took the role of Dr Maxine Summers in the ABC crime drama Wildside.

She has also starred in several films, including 2001's Lantana with Anthony LaPaglia, as well as 2003's Perfect Strangers for which she won the Fantasporto Award for Best Actress. Between 2006–2007, she played Hilary Davenport in the British satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout. She played "Belinda" in a British TV movie, Clapham Junction, in 2007. In 2009, she starred in the UKTV mini-series False Witness. She also played a main role in The Prisoner. In 2010, she portrayed Hazel Hawke in the telemovie Hawke.

Blake played the character of Clara in the erotic drama Sleeping Beauty.[3]

In 2012, Blake portrayed Kris Perry in the theatre production of 8 in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2013, she portrayed Lady Tuckworth in the HBO Asia series Serangoon Road. She played a main role in the 2014 drama film Melody, for which she has received recognition (see below). She appeared in the 2016 film Gods of Egypt.

Awards and honours[edit]

Blake received the Montréal World Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her portrayal, in the title role, in the 2014 drama film Melody (2014).[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 2003, she married Wildside co-star Tony Martin.[citation needed] They later starred together in Serangoon Road.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Paws Amy
2000 Blindman's Bluff Sophie Short
2001 Lantana Jane O'May
2001 Letter, TheThe Letter Narrator (voice)
2002 Whispering in the Dark Woman Short
2003 Perfect Strangers Melanie
2004 Tom White Helen White
2005 Derailed Susan Davis
2006 Riot or Revolution: Eureka Stockade 1854 Narrator
2008 Summer Katy
2009 Pinprick Miriam
2010 Cherry Tree Lane Christine
2011 Sleeping Beauty Clara
2014 My Mistress Kate Boyd
2014 Melody Emily
2015 Truth Betsy West
2016 Gods of Egypt Isis
2017 Breath Mrs. Pike
2018 Second, TheThe Second The Writer Completed
2018 Slam Joanne Hendricks Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1997 Home and Away Mandy Thomas Recurring role
1996 Fire Beatrice "Vendetta I"
1996 Heartbreak High Lara "4.20"
1997 Water Rats Carly Bridges "Stolen Time"
1997–1999 Wildside Maxine Summers Main role
2000 Nowhere to Land Anne Prescott TV film
2000 Three Stooges, TheThe Three Stooges Helen Howard TV film
2003 Grass Roots Faith Twohill "Art", "Prostitution", "Investigation"
2003 Dying to Leave Narrator TV film
2004 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Naomi Hedges "Au Revoir: Parts 1 & 2"
2006 Bon Voyage Elizabeth Aldred TV miniseries
2006–07 Suburban Shootout Hilary Davenport Main role
2007 Clapham Junction Belinda Hopkirk TV film
2008 Lewis Ann Kriel "Music to Die For"
2009 False Witness Det. Chief Insp. Julie Hales TV film
2009 Prisoner, TheThe Prisoner M2 TV miniseries
2010 Hawke Hazel Hawke TV film
2012 Straits, TheThe Straits Natasha Main role
2013 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Ailsa Wilton "Blood at the Wheel"
2013 Serangoon Road Lady Tuckworth Main role
2016 Rake Ruth Rogers "4.1", "4.2", "4.3"
2017 Cleverman Marion Frith Main role (series 2)


  1. ^ a b c d "Partly deaf, tearful and shy". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. 2003-10-12. p. 105. 
  2. ^ Curtis, Maree (2003-10-12). "Unknown Rachael comes of age". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. p. 105. 
  3. ^ Stratton, David (2011-06-25). "Sleeping Beauty's naked provocation is no fairytale" (film review). The Australian. Retrieved 10 June 2016. When Lucy apparently decides she needs to augment her income, she answers an ad and finds herself in a large, isolated house being interviewed by elegant Clara (Rachael Blake). Clara, it seems, runs an establishment that, though not exactly a brothel in the accepted sense, does bring together attractive young women and older men. 

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