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Skarsten at a 2014 Toronto International Film Festival party
Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten
April 23, 1985
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
Skarsten was born in Toronto, to a Canadian mother, Mary Aileen (née Self), and a Norwegian father, Dr. Stan Skarsten. 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.
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. 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. She is currently set to star as Red Alice, the main antagonist of the upcoming Batwoman television series.
|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|
|2012||Two Hands to Mouth||Leah Whitefield|
|2014||In My Dreams||Jessa|
|2015||Fifty Shades of Grey||Andrea|
|1998||The Famous Jett Jackson||Mickey Twitty||Episode: "Vootle-Muck-a-Heey"|
|1998–1999||Little Men||Elizabeth "Bess" Lawrence||Main role; 24 episodes|
|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|
- "Crime Fighting Never Looked So Good" "Warner Bros.", Retrieved February 7, 2017.
- Skarsten, Rachel. "Lost Girl". Retrieved 9 April 2003.
- Anderson, Jenna. "'Batwoman' Casts Rachel Skarsten as Red Alice". ComicBook.com.