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Overview (3)

Born in Worthington, Ohio, USA
Birth NameRachael Elaine Harris
Height 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Rachael Harris was born in Worthington, Ohio, where she spend most of her early life. In 1986, she graduated from Worthington High School. She then attended Otterbein College, a liberal arts college located in Westerville, Ohio. She graduated in 1989, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Harris joined the Groundlings, an improvisational and sketch comedy troupe. The troupe maintains its own school in Los Angeles, where experienced members train young performers. Harris has served as a teacher in the school.

In the 1990s, Harris made a number of appearances in American television shows, starting with single-episode roles in the science fiction series "seaQuest DSV" and "Star Trek: Voyager". Her "Star Trek" role had her playing Martis, mother of Kes (a regular character of the series). Harris had a recurring role in the sitcom "Sister, Sister" as Simone. Her character was a senior college student, attending the University of Michigan where the last few seasons of the series were set.

Harris continued making guest appearances on television shows throughout the 2000s, and also appeared in a number of documentaries and advertisement campaigns. She appeared as a correspondent of the news satire "The Daily Show" for a single season (2002-2003). Harris was cast as Kevyn Shecket, a member of the supporting cast in the comedy series "Fat Actress" (2005). She appeared in all 7 episodes of the 1st season of the show, but the series was then canceled.

Harris has played parts in various theatrical films, though often in minor roles. In the comedy film "The Hangover" (2009), Harris played Melissa, the bossy and cheating girlfriend of Dr. Stuart "Stu" Price. Her boyfriend was played by actor Ed Helms. Harris had a recurring film role in the film series "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" (2010-2012), where she played Susan Heffley (the protagonist's mother).

In the 2010s, Harris continues to appear in various film and television roles. She was cast as main cast member in the short-lived sitcom "Surviving Jack" (2014). In the sitcom Harris was cast as Joanne Dunlevy, a married mother to two teenagers, who decides to resume her college studies. The main plot of the sitcom had Joanne's husband adjusting to life as a full-time parent.

Harris gained a main cast role in the fantasy series "Lucifer" (2016-). She is playing Dr. Linda Martin, a professional psychotherapist who maintains a sexual relationship with her patient Lucifer Morningstar. Part of the series' plot is that Lucifer is a fallen angel and former ruler of Hell, who is trying to adjust to life among humans and to deal with his emotional issues. Linda initially helps him under the misconception that he is a mortal human being, but eventually learns part of his secrets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dimos I Ntikoudis

Spouse (2)

Christian Hebel (30 April 2015 - present) (1 child)
Adam Paul (24 May 2003 - 21 May 2008) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

Her glasses

Trivia (3)

Has lived in both New York and LA. Auditioned for three years before landing her first commercial role in 1997.
Grew up in Worthington, a suburb of Columbus. Graduated from Worthington High School. Graduated from Otterbein College, majoring in theater. Performed with the LA improv troupe, Groundlings.
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 48, a son named Henry Harris Hebel on July 19, 2016. Child's father is her 2nd husband, Christian Hebel.

Personal Quotes (18)

When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like 'Madea', and ''Night, Mother', and 'Sam Shepard', and all that kind of stuff. That's what I really wanted to do.
See, that's the thing: I'm not one of those actors who thinks, 'God, I've got to improvise and make it my own.' No, my first job as an actor is to take what's written and make it work. And then, if they want me to improvise, I'll do that.
Jeff Kinney is tall and has a great smile, but don't be fooled, he's as slick as they come. A real player. And how he came up with a book that appeals to kids ages 8-13 baffles me. He's an unbelievably kind man with a great family.
It's funny, because when I was in college, all my professors said, 'You should do comedy.' And I was like, 'No! No!' But I was able to get my foot in the door through comedy. I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to do it.
I wanted to go to New York and be a stage actress, doing things like Chekhov. None of that happened, and then I went to L.A. and an agent said, 'I think you belong in commercials and TV.' So I did that and got some opportunities that I absolutely love.
I told my agent which women I aspire to have a career like: Frances McDormand, Kate Winslet, Laura Linney and Emma Thompson - character actresses who have something to say. I also said that I loved Madeline Kahn and Jessica Lange.
I don't have this weird, natural funny bone that constantly comes out. It's not like my every instinct is to be funny, and I'm always having to dampen that down.
As much as I don't want to admit it, I really am a people pleaser. If I throw a party at my house, it's hard for me to relax. I'm too obsessed with whether everyone's having a good time.
Whatever the situation at hand, that's what I'm dealing with and trying to be true to it in that moment.
In my early 20s, I didn't even know what the Groundlings was. I had no idea. But I know how to break down a script and work on the character.
I'm a big fan of Samantha Bee.
I told my agents that I love Holly Hunter and Frances McDormand and all of these women who are good at doing comedies, as well as dramas.
I really wanted to do things that weren't comic. It felt like finding people who can see this other side to me.
I love Frances McDormand so much. I love her career. And I think it's fun because she gets to do comedy as well as drama.
I love doing sitcoms. I love doing comedy. I love the whole shooting match.
I grew up in a suburb of Ohio, in a small town, and I resonated with that small-town feeling where everybody knows your business.
I feel like I work on scripts for comedy as well as dramatic stuff the same.
I come from the place of thinking, 'Whatever works for people' - and if you haven't been exposed to anything else, you really don't know better.

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