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Rachel Shelley (born on 25 August 1969) is an Englishmarker actress. She was born in Swindonmarker and graduated from Sheffield University with a B.A. Hons in English and Drama.

She played Elizabeth Russell in the film Lagaan and, since 2005, plays Helena Peabody on the television show The L Word.

Shelley lives in Notting Hillmarker, grew up in Londonmarker and moved from Swindonmarker at age one.


Rachel Shelley was born in Swindon, England on 25th August 1969. She has lived in various places in England and abroad. She went to university in Sheffield and graduated with a BA (hons) in English and Drama.

Rachel was a well established actress in the United Kingdom with successful movies under her belt, such as "Photographing Fairies" (1997) with Ben Kingsley, "Everybody Loves Sunshine" (1999) with David Bowie, and a performance in both English and Hindi in "Lagaan" (2001) which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film. In 2004 she auditioned for, and got, the part of Helena Peabody in the hugely successful lesbian drama series "The L Word". She joined a well established cast for the second series to play the daughter of a multi-millionaire art collector, who comes between the show's most popular couple, Bette Porter and Tina Kennard.

Rachel has also been doing other projects while working on The L Word including 2 episodes of "Ghost Whisperer", the film "Gray Matters" with Heather Graham and she has just finished filming a British Horror film called "The Day"

Rachel produced a series of 3 articles for The Guardian Newspaper in Britain. The first written in 2001 highlights her experiences in India during the making of the film "Lagaan" the second in 2002 when she was in Hollywood for the Oscars and the final one in 2005 about her experiences on The L Word.

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Year Film / TV Title Role Notes
1994 TV Broken Heart Isabel
1994 Film Royce Alana Maxwell
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 (30 episodes) Helena Peabody
2006 Film Gray Matters Julia Barlett
2007 TV Ghost Whisperer Kate Payne
2008 Film The Day
2008 Film The Children Chloe

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