Date of Birth
28 July 1968, Borneo Indonesia
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Is an Australian actress. Her works include films such as Love Until, Young Hercules and Counterstrike, as well as guest appearances on television shows such as Xena: Warrior Princess, State Coroner and Flipper; from 2006 to 2007 she starred as Glenda Fry in the Australian television series Mortified, playing the mother of the main character.Most recently[when?], she's become attached to the new children's series Accord'n to Jordyn.
Rachel Leigh Blakely was born on 28 July 1968 in Borneo. Her father, Harold Blakely, is an American, and her mother was Australian. Due to her father's oil business, the family, including Rachel's younger sister Ruth, moved to several countries over the years until settling on an Australian farm when Rachel was twelve.
Before she became an actress, Rachel worked as a nightclub bouncer, a model and a short order cook; it was her ex-husband's suggestion that she audition for a role on Neighbours.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys camping, sewing, painting, cooking and sleeping. Her favourite authors are Margaret Atwood and Tracy Chevalier, and her favourite movies are Queen Margot and Breaking the Waves.
Rachel married fellow actor Peter Craig in 1990, but they divorced some years later. She met her current partner, stuntman Sean Rigby, on the set of Tales of the South Seas. Their first child, Cooper Lee Rigby, was born in September 2003, and their second child, Nash Rigby, was born in early 2009.
Currently Rachel splits her time between Australia and Los Angeles. She possesses dual American-Australian citizenship.
Blakely started her career as a model, before auditioning for a role on Neighbours that lasted three years. From there she moved into films- mostly made for television -and guest appearances on well-known TV shows.
She has also been part of the leading cast on several programs, including Blue Heelers, City Life and The Lost World; most recently, she played Glenda Fry on Mortified.
In 2000, she appeared on four episodes of Search Party and five episodes of Hollywood Squares, as herself.
Year Title Role Notes
Film 1995 Love Until
1997 Mr. Nice Guy Sandy
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Gael's Mum
Year Title Role Notes
Television 1991-1994 Neighbours Gaby Willis 161 episodes
1993 The Feds: Deception Victoria Payne TV movie
1995-1997 Blue Heelers Gina Belfanti 11 episodes
1996-1997 City Life Siobhan O'Halloran 8 episodes
1997 One Way Ticket Deborah Carter TV movie
1997 Xena: Warrior Princess Penelope Episode: "Ulysses"
1997 State Coroner Lisbeth Christi Episode: "Blood Sport"
1998 Young Hercules Alcmene Video
1998-2000 Tales of the South Seas Isabelle Reed 22 episodes
1999 Flipper Melisand Episode: "Mermaid Island"
1999 Tribe Lucille Fournier TV miniseries
1999 The Lost World Marguerite Krux TV movie
1999-2002 The Lost World Marguerite Krux 66 episodes
2000 Max Knight: Ultra Spy Ricki / Claire TV movie
2002 Counterstrike Brittany Cooper TV movie
2003 The Turner Affair Natalie Turner TV movie
2005 Neighbours Gaby Willis Episode: "Friends for Twenty Years"
2006-2007 Mortified Glenda Fry 26 episodes
2010 Sea Patrol Fiona Douglas Episode: "Ransom"