At Paley Center in January 2013
|Born||Rachel Meghan Markle
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Trevor Engelson (m. 2011; div. 2013)|
|Partner(s)||Prince Harry (since 2016)|
Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Since 2011, she has portrayed Rachel Zane on the legal drama series Suits and is also known for her work as FBI special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller Fringe.
In 2016, Markle was appointed a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and was a United Nations Women‘s advocate for political participation and leadership.
Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Markle is of mixed race, and self-identifies as such: “My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. …I have come to embrace [it, and] to say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.” Her father is of Irish descent.
Her mother, Doria Radlan, has a master’s degree in social work and works as a therapist and yoga instructor. Her father is Emmy Award winner Thomas W. Markle, whose profession as a lighting director resulted in his daughter spending many years as a child visiting the set of Married… with Children.
From age five, Markle was educated at private schools; first at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, and from the age of twelve, at the private Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls, independent Roman Catholic high school in Los Angeles. In 2003, Markle graduated from Northwestern University, Illinois, where she started out taking theatre studies before deciding she didn’t want to be a “cliché”; and so, ended up completing a double major in theatre and international studies, and pursuing an internship at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires as part of her studies.
To support herself between early acting jobs, Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher and took on several contract acting and modelling jobs including a stint as a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal. In 2002, Markle appeared in an episode of the daytime soap opera, General Hospital.
Markle appeared in two 2010 films, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me and one 2011 film, Horrible Bosses. She appeared in the short film The Candidate (seen on the KQED public television show ImageMakers: the Company of Men) as a secretary in 2012.
Markle is the founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle site The Tig. Markle announced she was ending the website in April 2017. In November 2016, Markle and Canadian clothing company Reitmans released a line of reasonably priced women’s fashion workwear.
In 2016 Markle became a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate.
Markle was a Counselor for international charity One Young World, speaking at the annual summit in Dublin (2014) on the topics of gender equality and modern-day slavery. She also attended the Ottawa summit in 2016.
Markle is a self-proclaimed foodie, which was incorporated into her Suits character, Rachel Zane. Markle is close friends with Serena Williams, Jessica Mulroney, and Ben Mulroney of E! News.
Markle married Trevor Engelson on September 10, 2011, after having dated since 2004. The couple split in May 2013, divorcing in August 2013. Markle was dating celebrity chef Cory Vitiello prior to dating Prince Harry. Markle’s relationship with Prince Harry resulted in her becoming Google’s most searched actress of 2016.
|2002||General Hospital||Jill||1 episode|
|2004||Century City||Natasha||“A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose” (season 1: episode 4)|
|2005||Cuts||Cori||“My Boyfriend’s Back” (season 1: episode 5)|
|2005||Love, Inc.||Teresa Santos||“One on One” (season 1: episode 9)|
|2006||1 vs. 100||Herself||Mob member number 7|
|2006||The War at Home||Susan||“The Seventeen-Year Itch” (season 1: episode 17)|
|2006||CSI: NY||Veronica Perez||“Murder Sings the Blues” (season 3: episode 7)|
|2007||Deal or No Deal||Herself||Holder of Case #24; 4 episodes|
|2008||90210||Wendy||“We’re Not in Kansas Anymore” (season 1: episode 1)
“The Jet Set” (season 1: episode 2)
|2008||‘Til Death||Tara||“Joy Ride” (season 3: episode 2)|
|2009||Knight Rider||Annie Ortiz||“Fight Knight” (season 1: episode 14)|
|2009||Without a Trace||Holly Shepard||“Chameleon” (season 7: episode 15)|
|2009||Fringe||Junior FBI Agent Amy Jessup||“A New Day in the Old Town” (season 2: episode 1)
“Night of Desirable Objects” (season 2: episode 2)
|2009||The League||Random Girl||“The Bounce Test” (season 1: episode 2)|
|2010||CSI: Miami||Officer Leah Montoya||“Backfire” (season 8: episode 20)|
|2010||The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down||Dana||TV film|
|2011–present||Suits||Rachel Zane||Main Character; Series Regular|
|2012||Castle||Charlotte Boyd/Sleeping Beauty||“Once Upon a Crime” (season 4: episode 17)|
|2014||Extant||Girl at Table||“Extinct” (season 1: episode 2)|
|2014||When Sparks Fly||Amy Peterson||Hallmark Channel television movie|
|2016||Dater’s Handbook||Cassandra Brand||Hallmark Channel television movie|
|2005||A Lot like Love||Passenger on plane|
|2010||Get Him to the Greek||Tatiana||Uncredited|