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.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader".... Gael's Mum
"Mortified" .... (2006-2007)...Glenda Fry
- Taylor's DNA (2006) TV Episode .... Glenda
"Neighbours" .... Gaby Willis (1991-1994, 2005)
- Friends for Twenty Years (2005) TV Episode .... Gaby Willis
- Episode #1.1725 (1992) TV Episode .... Gaby Willis
Counterstrike (2003) (TV) .... Brittany Cooper
"The Lost World" (1999-2002) .... Marguerite Krux
Max Knight: Ultra Spy (2000) (TV) .... Ricki/Claire
"Tribe" (1999) (mini) TV Series .... Lucille Fournier
The Lost World (1999) (TV) .... Marguerite Krux
... aka The Lost World: Land of the Apes (UK: DVD box title)
... aka The New Adventures of Flipper (USA)
- Mermaid Island (1999) TV Episode
Young Hercules (1998) (V) .... Alcmene, Hercules' Mother
"Tales of the South Seas" (1998) TV Series .... Isabelle Reed
- Episode #1.12 (1997) TV Episode .... Siobhan O'Halloran
- Episode #1.11 (1997) TV Episode .... Siobhan O'Halloran
- Episode #1.10 (1996) TV Episode .... Siobhan O'Halloran
- Episode #1.9 (1996) TV Episode .... Siobhan O'Halloran
- Episode #1.8 (1996) TV Episode .... Siobhan O'Halloran
- Blood Sport (1997) TV Episode .... Lisbeth Christi
"Xena: Warrior Princess"
- Ulysses (1997) TV Episode .... Penelope
- Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1997) TV Episode .... Gina Belfanti
- Under Seige (1997) TV Episode .... Gina Belfanti
- A Fair Crack of the Whip: Part 2 (1996) TV Episode .... Gina Belfanti
- A Fair Crack of the Whip: Part 1 (1996) TV Episode .... Gina Belfanti
- Happy Families (1996) TV Episode .... Gina Belfanti
Yatgo ho yan (1997) .... Sandy, Demon
... aka Mr. Nice Guy (Australia) (USA)
... aka No More Mr. Nice Guy (USA)
... aka SuperChef
... aka Yi ge hao ren (Hong Kong: Mandarin title)
One Way Ticket (1997) (TV) .... Deborah Carter
Love Until (1995)
The Feds: Deception (1993) (TV) .... Victoria Payne
Herself - filmography
- Surfer's Paradise, Australia (IX) (2000) TV Episode .... Celebrity Contestant
- Surfer's Paradise, Australia (VIII) (2000) TV Episode .... Celebrity Contestant
- Surfer's Paradise, Australia (VII) (2000) TV Episode .... Celebrity Contestant
- Surfer's Paradise, Australia (VI) (2000) TV Episode .... Celebrity Contestant