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|Born||Rachael Morelle Braine
26 May 1971
|Other names||Rachel Blake|
|Spouse(s)||Tony Martin (2003–present)|
|Awards||Fantasporto Award for Best Actress
2004 Perfect Strangers
IF Award for Best Actress
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Series
Rachael Morelle Blake (born 26 May 1971) is an Australian actress.
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 and her hearing problem, her mother enrolled her in elocution lessons, which she continued until age 17.
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.
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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 the film Lantana with Anthony LaPaglia; and in the British satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout between 2006–2007. 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.
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
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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).
- "Partly deaf, tearful and shy". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. 2003-10-12. p. 105.
- Curtis, Maree (2003-10-12). "Unknown Rachael comes of age". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. p. 105.
- 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.