Rachel Shenton

Rachel Shenton

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Rachel Shenton
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Born Rachel Joy Shenton
(1987-12-21) 21 December 1987 (age 30)
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Occupation Actress, screenwriter
Years active 2004–present

Rachel Joy Shenton (born 21 December 1987) is an English actress who has appeared in a number of British television series and films. She is most well known for her role as Mitzeee Minniver on the Channel 4 teen drama Hollyoaks. Shenton made her American TV debut on ABC Family drama Switched at Birth in Season 3 as Lily Summers and stayed until the show’s finale in Season 5. Shenton also appears in BBC2 comedy White Gold. In 2018, she won an Academy Award for her short film The Silent Child.


Shenton was born in Stoke-on-Trent and has lived in the suburb of Caverswall. She attended two high schools, one in Cheadle. In between acting roles she volunteered at her local charity Deaflinks.[1] Shenton’s acting career began with small recurring parts in various television series such as Holby City and Waterloo Road.[2] She also filmed various television commercials for the Ministry of Defence, DFS and Sega Superstars Tennis and appeared in two British films.[3] She continued recurring appearances in 2008 appearing in Nickelodeon’s series Genie in the House and Five’s Sophia’s Diary, playing Sofia’s wayward sister ‘Trisha’.[3]

In April 2010 it was announced that Shenton had been cast in Hollyoaks as Mitzeee Minniver, a wannabe glamour model.[4] Shenton described her character as being the complete opposite of her.[5] Her casting came as part of new producer Paul Marquess‘ major revamp of the serial. Before her character had appeared on-screen Shenton received media attention for her image, with tabloids reporting on her likeness to Cheryl Cole.[6][7] Shenton described the attention and comparisons as “very flattering”.[8] On 20 December 2012, Shenton announced her decision to leave Hollyoaks. She has described the experience as an “amazing two years” of her life.[9] Shenton’s final scenes as Mitzeee aired on 15 February 2013, when the character moved to the United States.

On 28 April 2014 it was announced that Shenton would make her US television debut in season 3 of the ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, playing young student teacher, Lilly Summers. Shenton went on to shoot season 4 and 5 which was when the show ended. The final season aired in February 2017. In October 2017, Shenton joined the cast of BBC2 comedy series White Gold playing Alpha Female Joanne Scott, alongside James Buckley and Joe Thomas.

In March 2018 the short film Shenton wrote and starred in, The Silent Child, won the Academy Award for live action short film at the 90th Academy Awards.[10][11]

Personal life

When Shenton was twelve, her father became deaf after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Following the death of her father, Shenton learned sign language and qualified as an interpreter. In 2011 Shenton was made ambassador for the National Deaf Children’s Society and she continues to raise awareness of deafness in the UK.[12][13] In March 2011, Shenton completed a skydive in aid of National Deaf Children’s Society.[14] In February 2012, Shenton announced that she was due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity.[12] In May 2011, Shenton helped to launch a social networking website for deaf people named “Viewtalk”.[15] In October 2012, she climbed the BT Tower in aid of Action on Hearing Loss.[16] She is engaged to director Chris Overton.[17]



Year Film Role Notes
2004 Kiss & Tell Claire Short film[18]
2005 Holby City Katrina Hobsbawn 1 episode: “Doing the Right Thing” (7.52)[19]
Agnosia Tania Short Film[18]
Xlitherman Shade Girl Feature Film[18]
2006 Doctors Sadie Slade 1 episode: “Positively Blooming” (7.115)[19]
2007 Waterloo Road Courtney 3 episodes[19]
Doctors Jade Hearn/Robertson 1 episode: “Careers Day” (9.111)[19]
2008 Storyville English storyteller Ident[18]
Sophia’s Dairy Tricia 1 episode[18]
Genie in the House Amy 1 episode: “Curse of the Genie Ring” (3.09)[19]
2009 Money Kills Anya Feature film[18]
2010–13 Hollyoaks Mitzeee Minniver Regular cast member (234 episodes)[2]
23 July 2010 – 15 February 2013
2011 Blood and Bone China Anna Fitzgerald 10 episodes
2014–2017 Switched at Birth Lily Summers 19 episodes
2017 White Gold Joanne Scott BBC2 and Netflix comedy series
2017 The Silent Child Joanne Also writer

A Glimpse (Short) (filming)

Voice over

Year Film Role Notes
2005 NSPCC Eye Opener Abused teenager Voice over[3]
2006 Bulldog Broadband Presenter Voice over[3]
2009 Selston Cosmetic Clinic Presenter Voice over[3]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 British Soap Awards Sexiest Female[20] Hollyoaks Nominated
All About Soap Bubble Awards Best Newcomer[21] Hollyoaks Nominated
TV Choice Awards Best Soap Newcomer[22] Hollyoaks Nominated
Inside Soap Awards Best Newcomer[23] Hollyoaks Nominated
2012 Inside Soap Awards Sexiest Female[24] Hollyoaks Nominated
National Television Awards Serial Drama Performance[25] Hollyoaks Nominated
2017 London Independent Film Festival Best Actress The Silent Child Won
Overcome Film Festival Won
Academy Awards Best Live Action Short Film[26] Won

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