Rachel Miner

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Rachel Miner
Miner in Rosemont, Illinois in October 2012
Born (1980-07-29) July 29, 1980 (age 40)
New York City, U.S.
Years active1989–present
(m. 1998; div. 2002)
FamilyWorthington Miner (grandfather)
Frances Fuller (grandmother)

Rachel Anne Miner (born July 29, 1980)[1] is an American actress. She first came to prominence for her portrayal of Michelle Bauer on the television soap opera Guiding Light (1990–95). She made her film debut in Woody Allen's Alice (1990), and later earned critical acclaim for her leading role in Bully (2001). Her other film credits include The Black Dahlia and Penny Dreadful (both 2006). She is also known for her portrayal of Meg Masters on the television series Supernatural (2005–20).


Film and television[edit]

Miner's television credits include Vickie in Shining Time Station: 'Tis a Gift (1990), Michelle Bauer on Guiding Light (1990–1995), a guest starring role as Laurel in a Sex and the City episode, "Twenty-something Girls vs. Thirty-something Women" and Astrid in NY-LON.

In 2001, she starred in Bully. The plot follows several young adults in South Florida who enact a murder plot against a mutual friend who has emotionally, physically and sexually abused them for years. The film itself was based on the July 15, 1993 murder of Bobby Kent.[2] Bully received mixed reviews from critics and has a "Rotten" rating of 54% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 91 reviews with an average score of 5.7 out of 10. The film holds a score of 45 out of 100 on Metacritic, based on 26 critics indicating 'Mixed or average reviews'.[3] Miner won an award at the Stockholm Film Festival for Best Actress.

In 2005, Miner portrayed a young woman on a journey to discover who she is and why multiple enemies want her dead in the action film Circadian Rhythm. The movie was critically ignored, and was poorly received in its few reviews. One reviewer stated that the film was a "directionless jumble of boring scenes strung together tenuously by a plot that feels like they were making it up as they went along," and that watching the film's allegedly ‘wire-fu’ fight scenes was akin to "being over at a friend's house when they’re getting yelled at by their parents."[4]

She appeared in 12 episodes of the 2007 television series Californication, as Dani California, a reference to a character appearing in several songs by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2008, she appeared in "The Sacrifice", an episode of Fear Itself.[5] That same year she was also cast as the second lead in the psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations. The movie was filmed in Michigan and concluded filming in October 2008.[6] It debuted at After Dark Horrorfest III, a horror film festival held in January 2009.[7] The film was released on DVD on March 31, 2009.

From 2009–13, Miner took over the role of Meg Masters, a recurring antagonist and demon in Supernatural. The writers wanted Meg's original actress Nicki Aycox to reprise the role in later seasons, but ultimately cast Miner for storyline purposes. The character was eventually killed off later.[8] Tim Janson of Mania gave Miner's portrayal of Meg a positive review, saying no one played Meg "with such dripping sarcasm as Rachel Miner". He felt she "always adds spice when she appears".[9] Similarly, Diana Steenbergen of IGN felt Miner played the role "with vicious flair" and "[conveyed] Meg's brutality well, right from the beginning".[10] As time passed, she noted that the actress "has done well taking over the role".[11][12][13] In 2020, Miner returned to Supernatural during the fifteenth season playing the cosmic entity known as the Empty masquerading as Meg to communicate with protagonist Castiel. Miner reappeared later in the season, reprising the role of the Empty once again.

In 2010, Miner starred alongside James Franco in the Grasshopper segment of Love & Distrust.[14] The next year she was cast as Sgt. Hannah in the horror film 51,[15] which began filming in April 2011 in Louisiana.[16] The film was released in limited theaters as part of "After Dark Originals".[17][18]


Among her theater credits are as "Jennifer" in Laura Cahill's Naked Faith: The Way at Naked Angels in New York (1994), Margot Frank (replacing original cast member Missy Yager) in The Diary of Anne Frank on Broadway (1997), Rivkele in Donald Margulies's adaptation of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance at ACT Theatre in Seattle (2000), Sandy in Rebecca Gilman's Blue Surge at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago (2001) and at The Public Theater in New York (2002).[citation needed]

Charity work[edit]

Since September 2017, Miner has been the Executive Director of the non-profit organization Random Acts, Inc.[19]

Personal life[edit]

A third-generation actor, Miner is the daughter of director and producer Peter Miner and the granddaughter of director/producer Worthington Miner and actress Frances Fuller. In 1998, she married Home Alone actor Macaulay Culkin.[20] The couple separated in 2000[21] and divorced in 2002.[22]

Miner was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2010.[23] Though rumors initially flew about her retirement, she has confirmed that she is in fact still acting and pushing for representation of disabled characters.[24]



Year Title Role Notes
1990 Alice 12-year-old Alice
1990 Shining Time Station: 'Tis A Gift Vickie TV Movie
1997 Henry Fool Girl in Library No. 3
1999 Joe the King Patty
2001 Bully Lisa Connely Won – Stockholm Film Festival for Best Actress
2004 Haven Eva
2005 Man of God Karen Cohen Direct to-DVD
2005 Little Athens Allison Direct to-DVD
2005 Circadian Rhythm Sarah
2006 Fatwa Cassie Davidson Direct to-DVD
2006 Love & Debate Sophia Direct to-DVD
2006 The Black Dahlia Martha Linscott
2006 Onion Underwater Tara Short film
2006 Grasshopper Terri Short film
2006 Penny Dreadful Penny Deerborn
2006 The Still Life Robin
2007 Cult Mindy Direct to-DVD
2007 The Blue Hour Julie
2007 The Memory Thief Mira Direct to-DVD
2007 Tooth & Nail Neon Direct to-DVD
2008 Hide Betty
2008 The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations Jenna Reid Direct to-DVD
2009 Life of Lemon Esther Direct to-DVD
2010 The Love Affair Karen Hall Short film
2010 Love & Distrust Terri Direct to-DVD
2011 51 Sgt. Hannah TV Movie
2012 In Their Skin Jane


Year Title Role Notes
1990–1995 Guiding Light Michelle Bauer Recurring character
Won – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series (1992, 1994)
Nominated – Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress in a Daytime Series (1993, 1995)
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Child Actor (1993, 1994)
Nominated – Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Leading Actress in a Drama Series (1995)
1995 American Experience Various characters Episode: "The Orphan Trains"
1999 Sex and the City Laurel Episode: "Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women"
2004 NY-LON Astrid
2005 Bones Mary Costello Episode: "The Girl in the Fridge"
2006 Medium Emilia 'Lia' Purcell Episode: "Lucky in Love"
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Valerie Whitehall Episode: "Rashomama"
2006 Without a Trace Julia Martic Episode: "Damage Done"
2007–2008 Californication Dani Recurring character
2008 Fear Itself Chelsea Episode: "The Sacrifice"
2008 The Cleaner Sarah Gibbons Episode: "The Eleventh Hour"
2008 Life Squeaky Uhry Episode: "Canyon Flowers"
2009 CSI: Miami Tammy Witten Episode: "Presumed Guilty"
2009–2013, 2020 Supernatural Meg Masters 7 Episodes
The Empty 3 episodes
2009 Psycho Girlfriend Meagan Episode: "The New Girl"
2009–2010 The Online Gamer Beth 2 episodes
2010 Cold Case Anna Coulson Episode: "Two Weddings"
2010 No Ordinary Family Rebecca Jessup Episode: "No Ordinary Quake"
2010 Terriers Eleanor Gosney 2 episodes
2010 Army Wives Jasmine Wilkes Episode: "Deadly Force"
2011 Criminal Minds Molly Grandin Episode: "Today I Do"
2011–2012 Sons of Anarchy Dawn Trager 2 episodes
2020 Chicago Fire Jennifer Davis Episode: "Protect a Child"

Music videos[edit]


  1. ^ "United States Public Records, 1970–2009," database, FamilySearch (May 16, 2014), Rachel A Miner, Residence, Hollywood, California, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.
  2. ^ State of Florida vs. Marty Puccio, CASE NO. 86,242 Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (official court documents). Florida State University Archives; accessed August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Bully", Metacritic.com; retrieved November 30, 2014.
  4. ^ "Circadian Rhythm". teleport-city.com. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  5. ^ New TV series dresses up local landmarks in fear and blood, canada.com, June 4, 2008.
  6. ^ Verrier, Richard (October 1, 2008). "Hollywood on the Huron: Michigan now a film mecca". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "8 Films to Die For". Horrorfestonline.com. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Once Upon a Time,' and more in the Spoiler Room". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  9. ^ "Answerbag.com". Mania.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Supernatural: "Sympathy for the Devil" Review". IGN. September 11, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Supernatural: "Caged Heat" Review". IGN. December 4, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  12. ^ Farley, Jordan (March 26, 2013). "Supernatural 8.17 "Goodbye Stranger" REVIEW". Sfx.co.uk. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "The family business: Let's talk about 'Supernatural's' 'Abandon All Hope...' – The Watcher". Featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com. November 20, 2009. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  14. ^ "LOVE & DISTRUST". Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  15. ^ "SyFy and After Dark Films Unite for Saturday Original Movie Franchise". Broadway World. April 1, 2010. Retrieved September 16, 2010.
  16. ^ "After Dark Films heads to 'Area 51'".
  17. ^ "After Dark Originals: First Details on 'Banshee' and '51'". BloodyDisgusting.
  18. ^ Melissa Girmonte (April 25, 2010). "Bruce Boxleitner Slated to Star in SyFy's '51'". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  19. ^ "Our Staff | Random Acts". Random Acts. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
  20. ^ "He's not home alone now (teen actors Rachel Miner and Macaulay Culkin, both 17, announce their marriage intentions)". Highbeam.com. April 13, 1998. Archived from the original on June 24, 2011. Retrieved August 7, 2009.
  21. ^ Tyrangiel, Josh (August 14, 2000). "People: August 14, 2000". Time. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  22. ^ Friedman, Roger (August 20, 2002). "Macaulay Culkin's Happy 'Ending'". Fox News. Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  23. ^ "It's a wonderful life: Rachel Miner on acting, activism and reassessing her strength". hypable.com. August 22, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  24. ^ "JaxCon 2018 Ladies of Supernatural Full Panel". December 11, 2018. Retrieved June 18, 2019.

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