Aug. 25th, 1969
Swindon, England, UK
Rachel Shelley's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2008 - The Children
2004 - Seeing Other People
2003 - The Bone Snatcher
2001 - Lagaan: Once Upon A Time In India
2000 - Canone inverso - making love
2000 - The Calling
Guest TV Roles
Shelley was born in Swindon, England. She was raised in London having moved from Swindon at the age of one. She graduated from Sheffield University with a B.A. Hons in English and Drama. Along with four friends from the university, she set up The Crowded Theatre in Sheffield, which ran for a year.
Shelley is perhaps best known for playing Helena Peabody in the Showtime hit series The L Word. Among her many roles she played Elizabeth Russell in the Oscar nominated Bollywood film Lagaan in 2001, and the beauty whose tragic loss drives Charles Castle mad in the 1997 film Photographing Fairies. She is currently playing the recurring role of Superintendent Rippon in popular BBC medical drama Casualty.
Apart from acting, Shelley has written articles for The Guardian newspaper.
- Graduated Sheffield University, English and Drama B.A. Hon.
- Lives in Notting Hill, grew up in London (moved from Swindon at age 1).