Rachel Skarsten was born in Toronto, Canada to parents Dr. Stan Skarsten and Mary Self Skarsten. Growing up she danced ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance as well as playing high level ice hockey as a goaltender. Rachel attended the prestigious Claude Watson School for the Arts from grades 4 through 12 majoring in visual arts and the cello. At 14 she was discovered by an agent after appearing on a local television program and at 16 she won her first major role playing the superhero Black Canary/Dinah Lance on the WB series Birds of Prey. When the show was canceled, Rachel returned to Canada and earned a double degree in English Literature and Classical History with honors from Queens University. After graduation, Rachel began acting again with reoccurring roles on HBO’s Transporter: The Series, Flashpoint, The LA Complex and CW’s Beauty and the Beast. She also appeared in The Vow alongside Rachel McAdams.
Rachel currently plays Tamsin on the hit show Lost Girl, now in its 5th and final season. Theatrically, you can also catch her in the big screen international blockbuster hit Fifty Shades of Grey. Now in Season 3, Rachel joins the cast of the CW’s hit Reign, playing Queen Elizabeth the First.
Beauty and the Beast, Birds of Prey, Fifty Shades of Grey, Flashpoint, Lost Girl, Queen Elizabeth the First, Reign, The LA Complex, and Transporter: The Series