Born: September 25, 1977
Birthplace: Parañaque, Philippines
Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil (born 25 September 1977), known professionally as Rachel Grant, is a Filipino-born British actress, TV host, adventurer, writer, humanitarian and social entrepreneur. She also specializes in Filipino martial arts Kali; grandmaster Dan Inosanto was one of her teachers.
Born on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Grant was raised in Nottingham, United Kingdom, and attended drama school in London. She has since lived in Manila, Philippines, and Los Angeles, later moving to New York City.
Grant is of Anglo-Scots, French-Canadian, Filipino and Spanish descent through her parents. Her full name is Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, a barony title granted by King Louis XIV of France to her direct ancestor Charles le Moyne de Longueuil for his travels and explorations throughout North America.
Rachel Grant was born on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Grant moved to the United Kingdom when she was a baby. Her British father, a retired doctor, hypnotist, and artist, is Michael Grant, 12th Baron de Longueuil. She is related to the British Royal Family through her grandfather and celebrated artist, the late 11th Baron Raymond De Longueuil (second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II), whose mother was Ernestine Maude Bowes-Lyon granddaughter of the 12th Earl of Strathmore. Her Filipina mother Isabel Padua-Grant is founder of registered charity The Padua Charitable Fund, which helps to raise funds for poor communities in the Philippines.
As children, the three performing Grant sisters (Angela, Rachel, and Rebecca) attended the Miss Nora Morrison (MBE) School of Dance in Nottingham for several years, performing and raising funds for Nottingham's blind and deaf, winning national medals and trophies through theatre performances and competitions. Their mother Isabel designed and made all their costumes.
Rachel Grant played Bond girl Peaceful Fountains of Desire in the 20th James Bond film Die Another Day. One of her first TV roles was on SyFy as Nina, the hostess of horror show Sci-fright. She was Professor Myang Li in the Sky One series Brainiac: Science Abuse. She has had roles in theatre and on British TV shows including Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, Blue Murder and Casualty. She also appeared as Maria Ronson in the film Until Death with Jean-Claude Van Damme and Stephen Rea, and in The Purifiers with Dominic Monaghan.
Rachel stars as the female tour guide in Bravo TV's docu-series Tour Group, co-leading a diverse and vibrant group of 11 travellers while exploring the most exotic and exclusive destinations around the globe. Grant also hosted her own travel show onboard Cathay Pacific airlines from 1999-2001, was an international beauty queen and Miss Hawaiian Tropic, and has travelled to six continents and 70 countries. In 2012 she was an originator of a subterranean river exploration, and one of the team leaders who visited the uncharted Angel Cave in Bani, Philippines. Grant has been to the edge of the Mayon Volcano, and visited the Hourani tribe in Ecuador, and the Amazon rainforest.
As of 2014, Grant is building a school in Bani, Philippines, to serve 150 children who were typhoon victims. She assists in charitable efforts with her mother Isabel Padua-Grant (founder of their registered British charity The Padua Charitable Fund), and visited the devastated city of Tacloban as a volunteer after Typhoon Haiyan stuck the Philippines and is helping to build homes for those who survived.
Grant serves as Global Ambassador to Philippine social enterprise Human Nature cosmetics. In 2013 she co-founded Furry Kind by Human Nature which produces all-natural non-toxic pet cosmetics, providing livelihood for underprivileged farming communities in the Philippines.
In 2012, Grant authored the book Making a Difference about the positive ventures and good works she has encountered during her travels. She has written numerous articles and is a contributing editor for Travelife magazine and has her own column Rachel Writes in Human Nature's magalogue.