Rachael Taylor

A former model, Rachael Taylor began acting at the age of 16. Taylor, who hails from a small town in Tasmania, Australia, was living in Sydney at the time and appearing in commercials. Her first on-screen performance ... Read more »
Born: 07/11/1984 in Launceston, Tasmania, AU

Filmography

Actor (23)

Arq 2015 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

The Loft 2015 (Movie)

Anne Morris (Actor)

Crisis 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Marked for Mary: The Game 2014 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

666 Park Avenue 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Any Questions for Ben? 2012 (Movie)

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Charlie's Angels 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

Grey's Anatomy 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Red Dog 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Darkest Hour 2011 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Middle Men 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Summer Coda 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cedar Boys 2009 (Movie)

Amie (Actor)

Splinterheads 2009 (Movie)

Galaxy (Actor)

Bottle Shock 2008 (Movie)

Sam Fulton (Actor)

Shutter 2008 (Movie)

Jane Shaw (Actor)

Transformers 2007 (Movie)

Maggie Madsen (Actor)

See No Evil 2006 (Movie)

Zoe (Actor)

Hercules 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Man-Thing 2005 (Movie)

Teri Richards (Actor)

The Mystery of Natalie Wood (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A former model, Rachael Taylor began acting at the age of 16. Taylor, who hails from a small town in Tasmania, Australia, was living in Sydney at the time and appearing in commercials. Her first on-screen performance came in the two-part made-for-TV movie, "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" (2004), which was filmed in Australia and directed by the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, Peter Bogdanovich. Other film and television roles followed, including a breakout performance in the 2007 blockbuster action movie, "Transformers" (2007), as well as roles on the American television shows "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) and "Jessica Jones" (Netflix, 2015- ). In just under a decade, Rachael Taylor managed to become the most recognizable Tasmanian-born star since the swashbuckling Errol Flynn lit up the big screen more than 70 years ago. While growing up in the town of Launceston, Tasmania, Taylor suffered from a terrible lisp and stutter, which she eventually overcame. By her early teens Taylor had caught the attention of modeling agents, and began competing in the Miss Teen Tasmania and Miss Universe modeling contests. She left Tasmania at the age of 16 and moved to Sydney, where more modeling opportunities were widely available. Soon enough, Taylor began flirting with the idea of becoming a professional actor; she always had a love of acting, performing in school plays during her time in Tasmania, but never pursued the craft in earnest. After landing a few commercial gigs, however, Taylor was cast in a supporting role in Peter Bogdanovich's two-part made-for-TV-movie, "The Mystery of Natalie Wood." More roles followed, including a lead role on the Australian television series, "headLand" (Seven Network, 2005-06). The show, however, was cancelled after a single season. Already a marketable commodity in her native Australia, Taylor still yearned to be recognized on a grander scale. And so, after "headLand's" cancellation, Taylor moved to Los Angeles in 2006 for a shot at Hollywood stardom. As luck would have it, within two weeks of arriving in Hollywood Taylor booked a part in Michael Bay's upcoming action movie, "Transformers." Although Taylor and Bay did not always see eye to eye during the filming of the movie (as a result, Bay did not ask Taylor to reprise her role in the 2009 follow-up), "Transformers" did prove to be her breakout performance. Over the next few years Taylor honed her acting chops in smaller films like "Cedar Boys" (2009) and "Red Dog" (2011), before breaking through for a second time with a recurring role on ABC's popular medical show, "Grey's Anatomy" (2005- ). Taylor also appeared as one of the Angels in the short-lived "Charlie's Angels" (ABC, 2011) remake, which earned her some of the worst reviews of her career. The show was subsequently cancelled after only a few episodes. Unfazed by the negative criticism, Taylor was cast in lead roles in supernatural fantasy series "666 Park Avenue" (ABC 2013-14) and espionage drama "Crisis" (NBC 2014), two more genre attempts that couldn't survive a single season. Taylor finally landed on a hit with her key supporting role on "Jessica Jones" (Netflix 2015- ), based on the Marvel Comics superhero.

Relationships

Matt Newton Actor

Boyfriend
Took out an Apprehended Violence Order against him in August 2010 following two domestic violence incidents

EDUCATION

University of Sydney

2002 - 2004
Studied politics and history

Riverside High School

Riverside, Tasmania

Milestones

2012

First leading role on a television series with ABC's "666 Park Avenue"

2011

Co-starred with Minka Kelly and Annie Ilonzeh on the small-screen reboot of "Charlie's Angels" (ABC); played Abby Sampson, a former Park Avenue princess-turned-cat burglar who becomes one of Charlie's crimefighters

2010

Joined the seventh season of "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC)

2008

Co-starred with Joshua Jackson in the American remake of "Shutter"

2007

Cast in the big budget feature "Transformers" as Maggie, a signals analyst

2005

Made her leading role debut on the short-lived Australian series "Headland"

2004

Cast in the TV biopic "The Mystery of Natalie Wood" on ABC

Bonus Trivia

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Had a severe lisp and stutter as a child which she eliminated through numerous visits with a speech therapists.

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Crowned Miss Teen Tasmania of 1998.

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