Rachel first found fame in a long-running series of TV adverts for Brita water filters, which ran in the UK from the mid-1990s until 2002.
Rachel has always been very guarded about her private life, and for many years did not reveal her year of birth. She lives in Notting Hill with her husband, writer and director Mathew Parkhill, who she married in 1995. Rachel gave birth to a daughter, born 2 weeks late, at 57 minutes past midnight on September 8, 2009.
|Year||Film / TV||Title||Role||Notes|
|1997||TV||The New Adventures of Robin Hood||Boadicea||aka Nouvelles aventures de Robin des bois, Les (France), The Birthday Trap (1997) TV Episode, Heroes (1999) TV Episode .... Boadicea|
|1997||TV||Wycliffe: Dance of the Scorpions||Sarah|
|1997||TV||Bugs||Jenna Spinks||Renegades (1997) TV Episode|
|1997||TV||Highlander: The Series||Sophie Baines||aka Highlander (France), Avatar (1997) TV Episode|
|1997||Film||Photographing Fairies||Mrs. Anne-Marie Castle||aka Apparition (Australia: video box title)|
|1999||Film||Everybody Loves Sunshine||Clare||aka B.U.S.T.E.D. (USA: video title)|
|2000||Film||Lighthouse||Dr. Kirsty McCloud||aka Dead of Night (USA: video title)|
|2000||Film||Canone Inverso||making love|
|2000||Film||The Calling||Shelly Woodcock|
|2001||TV||Baddiel's Syndrome||Marcia||Hair Today TV Episode, Huffa TV Episode|
|2001||Film||Lagaan||Elizabeth Russell||Once Upon a Time in India (India: Hindi title: short title) aka Land Tax (International: English title: informal literal title)|
|2001||Film||Jack and the Beanstalk||Harmonia||Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story|
|2002||TV||Heartbeat||Sue Dixon, aka Denise Hurley||aka Classic Heartbeat (UK: rerun title), Sympathy for the Devil (2002) TV Episode|
|2002||TV||The American Embassy||Mandy||Long Live the King (2002) TV Episode|
|2002||TV||Coupling||Samantha||Remember This (2002) TV Episode|
|2002||Film||Cruise of the Gods||Yasmina|
|2003||TV||Miss Match||Rebecca Hanley||Something Nervy (2003) TV Episode|
|2003||TV||Licensed by Royalty||Linda Kubrick||TV Series (voce: versione inglese)|
|2003||Film||Sparkling Cyanide||Rosemary Barton|
|2003||Film||The Bone Snatcher||Mikki|
|2004||TV||Seeing Other People||Lauren|
|2005–2008||TV||The L Word (46 episodes)||Helena Peabody|
|2006||Film||Gray Matters||Julia Barlett|
|2007||TV||Ghost Whisperer (4 episodes)||Kate Payne|
- She's 5'8" (1.73m) tall.
- Her ears aren't pierced.
- In 2005, Rachel and her husband toured Vietnam on a motorbike.
- She never wears her wedding ring to public events.
- In the movie Lagaan, Rachel's song-and-dance routine was actually sung by playback singer Vasundhara Das.
- In her private life, Rachel prefers to be known by her married name of Rachel Parkhill.
- "A woman never gets a Brazilian for her own benefit. Imagine shock therapy on your genitals and you come close to understanding the pain and humiliation. So next time, give her a big, fat reward. All night."
- "There is no such thing as women's intuition. You all just have crap poker faces."
- "What we really want is slow and sensual. Then again, sometimes we like it hard and rough."
- "Opening doors for us, helping us with our jackets and chairs -- we love all that. It's a very sexy public form of foreplay. Call it fore-foreplay. Ignore this and you will have a lot more work to do if you get invited in for coffee. Indulge us and the car ride home could blow your mind."
- "A woman will try on as many combinations of sexy underwear as she will dresses before that first hot date."
- (On the typical Hollywood audition process) "They tell you to sit, stand, perform your best tricks, then do them again but better. They video the whole procedure. It's similar to Crufts, though thankfully no one has inspected my teeth too closely or examined my nose for wetness. Hours later they award someone the red rosette. And the rest of us are left whining and licking our wounds on the sidelines like the mongrels we so obviously are."
- "The casting directors are usually a tad eccentric, from the one who tries to convert you to the joy of veganism to the fantastically friendly and extraordinarily camp one who would be hosting his own game show were he in Britain. Then there are those who are just fabulous, watchable actors, and that's a little depressing, especially if they're better than you."