Rachel Luttrell

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Rachel Luttrell
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Rachel Zawadi Luttrell

(1971-01-19) 19 January 1971 (age 51)
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Loyd Bateman
RelativesErica Luttrell (sister)

Rachel Zawadi Luttrell (born 19 January 1971) is a Tanzanian-Canadian actress best known for her role as Teyla Emmagan, an Athosian warrior leader on Stargate Atlantis.

Early life[edit]

Luttrell was born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the daughter of Veronica Makihio Shenkunde Luttrell of the Washambala tribe of the Usambara Mountains, and Dr. William Leon Luttrell from Bossier City, Louisiana. She is one of four daughters. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was five years old, and she was raised in Toronto. Her family has several musical roots; her father, a former member of the critically acclaimed Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, trained Luttrell's soprano voice. She studied ballet at the Russian Academy of Classical Ballet School and also studied piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.


Luttrell made her professional debuts in Canada's premier production of Miss Saigon in Toronto, and as "The Enchantress" in the Canadian production of Disney's Beauty And The Beast. She would go on to appear in many other stage productions, such as Once On This Island, Goblin Market, and the premier performance of Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas.

Following a move to Los Angeles, Luttrell would go on to appear in many guest star roles on television series.[1]

Frustrated with some of the roles being offered to her at the time, she was considering giving up on her acting career and enrolling at UCLA to study architecture. She ventured to the UK instead and studied at the British American Drama Association on a midsummer course at Balliol College, Oxford. Shortly after her return to Los Angeles, Luttrell was cast in her most high-profile role to date, as Teyla Emmagan on Stargate Atlantis.[2]

She also appeared in the Canadian movie A Dog's Breakfast, which was directed by her Stargate Atlantis co-star David Hewlett.

In 2011 Luttrell released her debut jazz album I Wish You Love, which was produced by Austrian record producer Gerrit Kinkel and features Jeff Hamilton, Jennifer Leitham, Graham Dechter, and Konrad Paszkudzki.

Personal life[edit]

Luttrell is married to Loyd Bateman; they have two children together. Luttrell has two younger sisters, Erica Luttrell, who is also an actress, and Amanda Luttrell Garrigus, who is an on-air personality for fashion and entertainment. Luttrell is sometimes credited as "Rachel Z. Luttrell".



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Courage Bobby's Daughter TV film
1992 Personal Effects Short film
1995 House
1996 Joe's So Mean to Josephine Girl in Bar
2001 Feast of All Saints Lisette TV film
2001 Impostor Scan Room Nurse
2003 Everyday Use Dee
2004 Stop Thief! Nicky Short film
2005 The Aviary Portia
2007 A Dog's Breakfast Ratcha
2009 Hardwired Candace
2019 Zombieland: Double Tap Terrified Woman In Snow


Year Title Role Notes
1989-1993 Street Legal Veronica Beck 20 episodes
1992 Forever Knight Officer Norma Alves "Hunters"
1993 Maniac Mansion Lorrie "Tina and the Teardrops"
1995 The Great Defender Reporter "Naked Truth", "Camille"
1997 Dogs Mimi "1.1"
1997 In the House Daphne "The Cruise: Parts 1 & 2"
1998 Damon Brenda "Under Covers"
1998 Sleepwalkers "Cassandra"
2001 Charmed Janna "Exit Strategy"
2001 ER Paramedic "Rampage"
2002 Touched by an Angel Marla "The Sixteenth Minute"
2004-2009 Stargate Atlantis Teyla Emmagan 99 episodes
2011 True Justice Lt. Humphreys "Urban Warfare: Part 1"
2011 NCIS Navy Lt. Cmmdr. Stephanie Mosner "Sins of the Father"
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles CIA Agent Yvette Lowell "Big Brother"
2015 No Sleep Till 18 Jill "Everyone's Got an Opinion"
2016 Arrow Rosie "Code of Silence"
2018 Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce Oona Falcone 2 episodes
2019 The I-Land Brooke "The Dark Backward"


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