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Date of Birth: August 25, 1969
Place of Birth: Swindon, England, UK
Height: 5' 8"
Best Known For: Playing Helena Peabody on Showtime's The L Word
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Rachel Shelley was born on August 25, 1969, in Swindon, England. When she was just one year old, she moved to London with her family and grew up there. She graduated from Sheffield University with a B.A. in English and Drama.
Shelley began acting professionally in 1994 with an appearance in the television movie Royce starring James Belushi and Peter Boyle. That same year she was seen in a lead role in the short film Broken Heart, before taking a break from acting. She returned in 1997 guest starring in two episodes of The New Adventures of Robin Hood, as well as other guest roles, and appearing in the film Photographing Fairies.
In 1999, Shelley won a the starring role in the crime drama Everybody Loves Sunshine. The following year she was seen in three films; starring in the horror film Lighthouse, the drama Canone inverso - making love, and the thriller The Calling. In 2001, Shelley acted in the musical romance Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India, and the television movie Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story with Daryl Hannah and Jon Voight.
In 2002, Shelley appeared in a number of guest roles on television shows including the popular British comedy Coupling which has been compared to Friends. She was cast in two more television movies that year, and in 2003, she starred in the horror flick The Bone Snatcher. In 2004, she was seen in the comedy Seeing Other People starring Jay Mohr, Lauren Graham, and Andy Richter.
Shelley's big break came in 2005, when she joined the cast of Showtime's popular series The L Word for its second season. She plays Helena Peabody, the daughter of a wealthy art collector Peggy Peabody, who gets involved with Laurel Holloman's character, Tina, while she is pregnant. Shelley was kept on as a main character and will be seen in the show's 5th season, starting in January 2008.In 2006, Shelley appeared in the film Grey Matters alongside an all-star cast. The film debuted in October at the Hamptons International Film Festival and will be released nationally in February 2007.
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