Rachel Luttrell is an accomplished actress and singer who has worked in film, television and on stage. Rachel landed her first film role while still in high school, playing Billy Dee Williams’ daughter in the made-for-television movie Courage, also starring Sophia Loren. From there, Rachel appeared in commercials and starred on popular Canadian television programs, including the long- running drama, Street Legal.
Rachel went on to perform in the Canadian premiere production of Walt Disney’s Beauty and The Beast (once again with big sister Gillian), and later to star in the American productions of Once On This Island, Goblin Market, and alongside Richard J. Alexander in his workshop musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
In the summer of 1995, Rachel moved from Toronto to Los Angeles to continue to pursue her career in film and television. She was kept very busy guest-starring on several popular TV shows, including ER and Charmed, and in the short- lived but well-received show Sleepwalkers, alongside Naomi Watts and Bruce Greenwood. In 2001, Rachel starred in Anne Rice’s critically-acclaimed mini- series, Feast of All Saints, where she played Peter Gallagher’s on-screen daughter in a cast that also included Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Beals, and Ossie Davis. Later that same year, Rachel appeared in a small but memorable role in the feature film, Imposter, opposite Emmy and Golden Globe winning, and Oscar- nominated actor, Gary Sinise.
She spent a glorious summer in Oxford, UK studying at Balliol College with some of the industry’s best directors, teachers and performers, including Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy award-winning actor Alan Rickman, and John Barton, one of the world’s most esteemed Shakespearean scholars. When Rachel returned to Los Angeles, she was cast in the premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas, earning wonderful reviews. Shortly thereafter, Rachel was cast in the role of Teyla Emmagan in the SYFY Channel’s spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, a show that won the loyalty of a worldwide fan base and ran for five very successful seasons (2004 – 2009).
When not in front of the camera, Rachel indulges her love of writing – something that has always brought her great joy and reward. She is currently at work on a screenplay with her husband, stunt-performer and award-winning cinematographer, Loyd Bateman in addition to a series of short films. Rachel and Loyd live in Los Angeles with their two beautiful children, Caden and Ridley.