Rachel Skarsten

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Rachel Skarsten
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Skarsten at a 2014 Toronto International Film Festival party
Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten

(1985-04-23) April 23, 1985 (age 34)

Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten (born April 23, 1985) is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Dinah Lance on the television series Birds of Prey, Tamsin in Lost Girl and Elizabeth I of England in Reign.

Life and career[edit]

Skarsten was born in Toronto, to a Norwegian father, Dr. Stan Skarsten, and wife, Canadian Mary Aileen Self, of English descent, daughter of Russell Thomas Treverton Self and wife Alice Gleason, paternal granddaughter of James Harvey / Hargreaves Self (son of Robert Hargreaves Self and wife Elizabeth Ann Green) and wife Elizabeth Adeline Caldwell (daughter of Robert Caldwell and wife Elizabeth Smith) and maternal granddaughter of Irwin Thompson Gleason (son of Vining Gleason and wife Mary R. Thompson) and wife Mary Ida Smith. She has a younger brother.

Rachel trained with the Royal Academy of Dance for 12 years and attended Claude Watson School for the Arts from grades 4 to 8. There she majored in visual arts and the cello. She continued in the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School from grades 9-12, majoring in visual arts.[citation needed]

After being discovered by an agent at a memorial for her father, she went on to be cast as a regular in shows such as Little Men before landing her "big break" as a lead in the Warner Brothers television series Birds of Prey.[1] She is an avid trampoline athlete and enjoys playing the piccolo.

After filming wrapped, Skarsten left Los Angeles and returned to Canada where she completed a double degree in English Literature and Classical Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Following this, she returned to acting with arcs on The LA Complex, Flashpoint, and The Listener as well as work in Canadian independents such as Servitude and Two Hands to Mouth. She played Andrea in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.[2] She is currently set to star as Red Alice, the main antagonist of the upcoming Batwoman television series.[3]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 Virginia's Run Caroline Lofton
2003 Fear of the Dark Heather Fontaine
2007 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Eve
2007 American Pie Presents Beta House Sharon Direct to video
2011 Servitude Alex
2012 Two Hands to Mouth Leah Whitefield
2014 In My Dreams Jessa
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Andrea
2017 Molly's Game Leah
2018 Acquainted Claire Post-Production


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Famous Jett Jackson Mickey Twitty Episode: "Vootle-Muck-a-Heey"
1998–1999 Little Men Elizabeth "Bess" Lawrence Main role; 24 episodes
1999 Justice Actress Television film
2000 Angels in the Infield Brigitte Television film (Disney Channel)
Twice in a Lifetime Julie Adams Episode: "Curveball"
2001 Jewel Raylene Hilburn (age 14) Television film (CBS)
Screech Owls Suki Sutherland Episode: "A Star Is Gone"
2002 POV Sports on CBC Science of Sports Host
Tracker Jamie Swenson / Lontoria Episode: "The Miracle"
2002–2003 Birds of Prey Dinah Lance Main role; 13 episodes
2003 Missing Brittney Moore Episode: "Basic Training"
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Lyra Duffy Mini-series (CBS)
2010 Made... The Movie Andi Television film (MTV)
2011 Awakening Leila Television film (CW)
Flashpoint Natalie Braddock 4 episodes
2011–2012 The Listener Elyse 3 episodes
2012 The L.A. Complex Roxanne 3 episodes
Transporter: The Series Delia Episode: "The General's Daughter"
Beauty & the Beast Brooke Episodes: "Worth" and "Bridesmaid Up!"
2013–2015 Lost Girl Tamsin Recurring role; 34 episodes
2013 Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse herself Showcase TV special
2014 In My Dreams Jessa Television film (Hallmark Hall of Fame)
2015–2017 Reign Elizabeth of England Guest role (Season 2)
Main role (Season 3-4)
2015 The Red Dress Patricia TV movie
2017 Wynonna Earp Eliza Shapiro Episode: "Steel Bars and Stone Walls"
Marry Me At Christmas Madeline Krug Television film (Hallmark)
2018 Imposters Poppy Langmore Recurring role
2019 Batwoman Alice Main role


  1. ^ "Crime Fighting Never Looked So Good" "Warner Bros.", Retrieved February 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Skarsten, Rachel. "Lost Girl". Retrieved 9 April 2003.
  3. ^ Anderson, Jenna. "'Batwoman' Casts Rachel Skarsten as Red Alice". ComicBook.com.

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