Rachel Rice

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Rachel Rice

(1984-03-07) 7 March 1984 (age 34)
Pontypool, Wales, UK
OccupationActress, model, television personality, teacher
Years active1993–present

Rachel Rice (born 7 March 1984), is a Welsh actress and model. She is known for winning series nine of the Channel 4 (now Channel 5) reality television programme Big Brother.[1] She has a degree in English and Drama, and is now a fully qualified teacher at Abersychan Comprehensive School.


Early life and career[edit]

Born in Pontypool,[citation needed] Rice worked as a television and film actress. She took part in around 20 television commercials globally – including the Sony Handicam's 'Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden' in 1991. One of her most notable roles was an appearance alongside Hugh Grant in the 1993 Gothic horror Night Train to Venice when she was eight.[2] She later worked as a model and trained as a teacher. She worked as an assistant teacher in class 7G1 (2007–08) at Caerleon Comprehensive School in Newport, South Wales, where she taught up to A Level. She now teaches full-time.[3]

Big Brother[edit]

Rice entered the Big Brother house on 5 June 2008. During her stay in the house, Rice survived two eviction votes, the first in Week 8, where nine others faced eviction as a punishment for breaking rules, and the second in Week 10, where she survived over Stuart Pilkington. Rachel was known for being one of the nicer housemates in the show, though she was often teased by her fellow housemates as she often chose not to give opinions on matters that she considered sensitive. She also was known for the close friendships she formed with her fellow housemates – most notably Kathreya Kasisopa and Michael Hughes. Rachel was announced as the winner of her series on 5 September 2008, narrowly beating her friend Michael in the final night by 51.3% of the public vote.[4] The result came as a surprise to the bookies, who had Michael as the favourite to win for several weeks.

On the Big Brother's Little Brother reunion show Rice told of her plans to spend some of her £100,000 winnings on paying student debts, buying a new car and giving £10,000 to charity.[5]

On 4 January 2009, Rice appeared on The Sunday Night Project taking part in the Coat of Cash feature that often uses Big Brother contestants when the two shows are on air at the same time.

On 6 June 2009, Rice appeared on T4, where she discussed her first impressions on the Big Brother 10 housemates, and what she had done with her £100,000 winners prize since leaving the house.


Rice was second runner up in the 2003 Miss Wales contest, which was won by Imogen Thomas who coincidentally appeared in series seven of Big Brother. She has gone on to represent both South and North Wales in Miss Great Britain. In 2004, she won the Wales On Sunday newspaper's Welsh Idol. Rice was a top ten finalist in the 2005 More magazine's Most fanciable girl in the UK beauty contest.[6]


Year Film/TV Role
2007 The History of Mr Polly Christabel's Friend
2001 Happy Now Second Contestant
1996 The Prince and the Pauper Prissy
1995 Mister Dog Giulia
1994 The Lifeboat Debbie
1994 The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Marina Savage
1993 Night Train to Venice Pia


  1. ^ Smith, Lizzie (6 September 2008). "Big Brother: Rachel beats the bookies to become shock winner". London: Mail Online. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  2. ^ "Hugh Grant co-star Rachel Rice wins the 100,000 pounds Big Brother prize". The Economic Times. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
  3. ^ "Cwmbran's Big Brother winner supports Congress Theatre appeal". South Wales Argus. 2013-11-12.
  4. ^ "Rachel Is The Winner!". Channel4.com. 5 September 2008. Archived from the original on 6 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-07.
  5. ^ Rachel's spent half of Big Brother winnings – Tellyzone
  6. ^ "Miss more 2005 finalists".

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