Rachel Nichols Biography
Name: Rachel Emily Nichols
Date of Birth: January 8, 1980
Place of Birth: Augusta, Maine, USA
Height: 5′ 10″
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Rachel has done some modeling for Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch, L’Oreal, and Nicole Miller and she was also ranked #28 on Maxim’s 100 Sexiest Women in 2003, but her on-screen work is her most notable. Recently, as Rachel Gibson on TV’s Alias and also on the silver screen in The Amityville Horror, Dumb and Dumberer, Resurrecting the Champ and more. Soon to be released is the movie P2 where Rachel plays the lead role. She is also working on the films For Sale by Owner and Charlie Wilson’s War. See also, Rachel’s thread at Bellazon.com for pictures and to chat about Rachel.
Rachel Emily Nichols is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of CIA agent Rachel Gibson on ABC’s television series, Alias. Born January 8, 1980, in Augusta, Maine, her first auditioned role was for the part of a restaurant hostess on Sex and the City.
Nichols was born and raised in Maine’s capital city of Augusta. She always enjoyed outdoor sports (her favorites are still windsurfing and sailing), and ran track in high school. In fact, she still holds several track & field records for Augusta’s Cony High. she studied abroad in France. Astonishingly enough, given her current career, Nichols admits that she “wasn’t the hot chick” in high school: “I was a dork,” she would later confess, “I was this shy, skinny, flat-chested girl with long arms. she was known more for athletics and academics than good looks growing up, and upon graduation she headed to Columbia University, intent on studying psychology.
Rachel Nichols Career:
According to Nichols, she stumbled into modeling “completely by accident,” though it seems more like a foregone conclusion now. Needless to say, she had “bloomed” by then, and was soon posing for companies like Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch. Along the way, Nichols threw in some drama classes at Columbia, never knowing when she might need them. She maintained the difficult schedule in college, balancing her studies in New York City with photo shoots in Europe.
While she had appeared in various television shows in bit parts (one memorable role featured her as an orgy-loving restaurant hostess in Sex and the City), she auditioned that year for the second-lead role of Jessica (the dogged school-newspaper reporter) in Dumb and Dumberer, a role which she eventually won. She left Columbia midway through her last semester to shoot the picture, still managing to graduate in 8 semesters despite the demanding modeling schedule.
Dumberer was a theater flop, but Nichols turned heads with both her beauty and her acting skills, which were a surprise to all involved. And while few people actually paid to see the film, those who did were in for a treat in Nichols’ performance; audiences particularly noticed her undeniable screen presence, a rarity for such an inexperienced actress. Apparently Hollywood noticed Nichols, too, because she has since earned roles in the television series Line of Fire, plus the 2005 horror movies The Amityville Horror and The Woods. Even after all that, though, the best was yet to come for Rachel Nichols.
Nichols on Allison 2004, FOX planned to develop a show vaguely reminiscent of their first hit drama, 21 Jump Street. While some sources say that Nichols was kept on because FOX pressured Minear to do so, Minear stands by a different story: “Even if [Nichols] wasn’t already living in this show. [She’s] a star in the making, I feel. And an unspoiled delight…” he told Variety.
The new concept was more Silence of the Lambs than Jump Street, and Nichols’ character had dramatically changed as well: now she was rookie Special Agent Rebecca Locke, assigned to Los Angeles’ FBI Violent Crimes Unit. Oh, and the character practically shares Elizabeth Smart’s backstory: kidnapping, abuse, etc. One may be tempted to think that Nichols, who says she still “tests mostly for high school parts,” might have been in over her head here, especially alongside character-actor luminary Peter Coyote, but she handled herself expertly on the series. And while The Inside was canceled just seven episodes in, Nichols was sure to be back as a full-fledged star, and soon.
After the failed FOX series, it didn’t take long for new employers to seek Nichols’ services. She joined the cast of the ABC series Alias in the fall of 2005, playing Rachel Gibson, a computer expert who is duped into thinking that she works for the CIA when in fact she’s really working for a terrorist organization. Later, she joins the real CIA and becomes Sydney Bristow’s protege. It is the second series in a row in which Nichols portrays a government agent.
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