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Rachel Skarsten
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Biographical Information
Real Name: Rachel Skarsten
Born: April 23 1985
Age: 35
Height: 5'10
Originally From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Husband: Alexandre Robicquet (m. 2020)
Family: Mary Aileen Self Skarsten (Mother)

Dr. Stan Skarsten † (Father) Jonathan Skarsten (Brother)

Twitter: @RachieSkarsten
Personal Information
First appearance: Burn
Portrays: Queen Elizabeth

Rachel Skarsten (born 23 April 1985) is a Canadian actress. She portrays Queen Elizabeth on Reign.

Life & Career

Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten was born April 23, 1985 to Mary Aileen Self Skarsten and Dr. Stan Skarsten. She has a younger brother Jonathan Skarsten, six years her junior whom she regards as her best friend. At the age of nine, her father died suddenly of pancreatic cancer. Rachel danced for the Royal Academy of Dance for 12 years, earning her Elementary Level with distinction in 1999. After an injury to her ankle, Rachel was forced to give up dance and turned to sports. She played at the highest level of competitive female hockey as a goalie for the Leaside Wildcats in Toronto, where in 2002 she won the Toronto City Championships in a shootout.

At 17 she won a major role - that of superhero Black Canary/Dinah Lance - in the WB series Birds of Prey, after being discovered by Producer Brian Robins. After the show was canceled, she moved home from Los Angles eager to take a hiatus from acting, to graduate high school and pursue an undergraduate degree. After graduating from Earl Haig Secondary School in the top 10% of her class, and being named an Ontario Scholar, she was accepted into the prestigious Canadian Queen's University. There she completed a double major in English Literature and Classical History. After graduation, she backpacked around Western Europe for four months with friends. She moved back to Los Angeles in the spring of 2008.

She is a qualified lifeguard who feels most comfortable in the water, and is happy to be near the ocean in Santa Monica. 

Most recently, she has played Valkyrie warrior Tamsin on Lost Girl, a supernatural series on Showcase and SyFy, and the role of Andrea in Fifty Shades of Grey (2015).

Personal life

She is married to Alexandre Robiquet.



  • Appeared in the 2015 September issue of Filler Magazine
  • Has openly, and proudly declared herself a Feminist.
  • Attended the Royal Academy of Dance for 12 years.
  • Qualified lifeguard.
  • A graduate of Toronto's prestigious Claude Watson School for the Arts.
  • Graduated Queen's University with a BA with honors in English, Literature and a minor in Classical History.
  • Fluent in Norwegian.

Reign Episode Guide

Season Two
The Plague
Drawn and Quartered
The Lamb and the Slaughter
Blood for Blood
Three Queens
The Prince of the Blood
Terror of the Faithful
Acts of War
Sins of the Past
The End of Mourning
Tasting Revenge
Tempting Fate
Reversal of Fortune
The Siege

Season Three
Three Queens, Two Tigers
Extreme Measures
The Price
In A Clearing
Fight or Flight
The Hound and the Hare
Our Undoing
Bruises That Lie
No Way Out
Strange Bedfellow
To The Death
Safe Passage
Spiders In a Jar

Season Four
With Friends Like These
A Grain Of Deception
Leaps of Faith
Playing With Fire
Highland Games
Love & Death
Hanging Swords
Unchartered Waters
Pulling Strings
A Better Man
Dead of Night
The Shakedown
Coup de Grace
A Bride. A Box. A Body.
Blood in the Water
All It Cost Her


  • Excluding certain credits, including TV Movies, & short credits.
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Little Men Elizabeth 'Bess' Lawrence 24 Episodes
2002 Birds of Prey Dinah Lance 14 EEpisodes
2003 Fear of the Dark Heather Fontaine Movie
2003 1-800-Missing Brittney Moore 1 Episode
2011 Flashpoint Natalie Braddock 11 episodes
2012 The Vow Rose Movie
2012 The Listener Elyse 3 Episodes
2012 The L.A. Complex Roxanne 3 Episodes
2012 Beauty and the Beast Brooke Chandler 2 Episodes
2013 Lost Girl Tamsin 26 Episodes
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Andrea Movie
2015 The Cove Patricia Movie
2015 -2017 Reign Queen Elizabeth

Related Pages

Pages relating to Queen Elizabeth's Fashion Style are the following:

Queen Elizabeth 
History's Queen Elizabeth
Kingdom of EnglandHouse of Tudor
Elizabeth and Louis's WeddingElizabeth and Robert
Elizabeth's Fashion Style
Rachel Skarsten