Rachel Skarsten

Rachel Skarsten

Born: April 23, 1985
Age: 32
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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Biography

Rachel Skarsten (born April 23, 1985) is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Dinah Lance on the television series Birds of Prey, Tamsin in Lost Girl and Elizabeth I of England in Reign.

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Life and career

Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten was born in Toronto, to a Canadian mother and a Norwegian father, Mary Aileen (née Self) and Dr. Stan Skarsten. She has one younger brother. Rachel trained with the Royal Academy of Dance for 12 years and attended Claude Watson School for the Arts from grades 4 to 8. There she majored in visual arts and the cello. She continued in the Claude Watson Arts Program at Earl Haig Secondary School from grades 9-12, majoring in visual arts.

After being discovered by an agent at a memorial for her father, she went on to be cast as a regular in shows such as Little Men before landing her "big break" as a lead in the Warner Brothers television series Birds of Prey.

After filming wrapped, Skarsten left Los Angeles and returned to Canada where she completed a double degree in English Literature and Classical Studies at the prestigious Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Following this, she returned to acting with arcs on The LA Complex, Flashpoint, and The Listener as well as work in Canadian independents such as Servitude and Two Hands to Mouth. She played Andrea in the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Virginia's Run Caroline Lofton
2003 Fear of the Dark Heather Fontaine
2007 Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer Eve
2007 American Pie Presents Beta House Sharon Video
2011 Servitude Alex
2012 Two Hands to Mouth Leah Whitefield
2014 In My Dreams Jessa
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Andrea

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Famous Jett Jackson, TheThe Famous Jett Jackson Mickey Twitty Episode: "Vootle-Muck-a-Heey"
1998-99 Little Men Elizabeth "Bess" Lawrence Main role; 24 episodes
1999 Justice Actress TV movie
2000 Angels in the Infield Brigitte TV movie
2000 Twice in a Lifetime Julie Adams Episode: "Curveball"
2001 Jewel Raylene Hilburn (age 14) TV movie
2001 Screech Owls Suki Sutherland Episode: "A Star Is Gone"
2002 POV Sports on CBC Science of Sports Host
2002 Tracker Jamie Swenson / Lontoria Episode: "The Miracle"
2002-03 Birds of Prey Dinah Lance Main role; 13 episodes
2003 Missing Brittney Moore Episode: "Basic Training"
2005 Category 7: The End of the World Lyra Duffy TV movie
2010 Made... The Movie Andi TV movie
2011 Awakening Leila TV movie
2011 Flashpoint Natalie Braddock 4 episodes
2011-12 Listener, TheThe Listener Elyse 3 episodes
2012 L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex Roxanne 3 episodes
2012 Transporter: The Series Delia Episode: "The General's Daughter"
2012 Beauty & the Beast Brooke Episodes: "Worth" and "Bridesmaid Up!"
2013-15 Lost Girl Tamsin Recurring role; 34 episodes
2013 Lost Girl: An Evening at the Clubhouse as self Showcase TV special
2014 In My Dreams Jessa TV movie
2015-present Reign Elizabeth of England Guest role (Season 2)
Main role (Season 3)
2015 The Red Dress Patricia TV movie

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