Meghan Markle

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Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle in January 2013.jpg
BornRachel Meghan Markle[1]
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress, fashion model, spokesmodel
Years active2002-present
Known forSuits (TV Series)
Spouse(s)Trevor Engelson (2011–2013)
 
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Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle in January 2013.jpg
BornRachel Meghan Markle[1]
(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materNorthwestern University
OccupationActress, fashion model, spokesmodel
Years active2002-present
Known forSuits (TV Series)
Spouse(s)Trevor Engelson (2011–2013)

Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981) is an American fashion model, spokesmodel, and actress. She stars as Rachel Zane on the USA legal drama Suits. She is formerly the model who held case #24 on the US version of the television game show Deal or No Deal and also played FBI special agent Amy Jessup in FOX's sci-fi thriller Fringe.

Early years[edit]

Markle was born Rachel Meghan Markle and was raised in Los Angeles, California. Her mother is African American and her father is of Dutch and Irish descent.[2] Her father is a retired photography director and Meghan spent her childhood on the set of Married...with Children. [3] She attended Northwestern University, and double-majored in Theater and International Relations. After graduating from college, she worked for the US Embassy in Buenos Aires.[4] In the past, she has expressed an interest in returning to school to pursue a Master's in International Diplomacy.[5] Meghan's acting career began unexpectedly when she was discovered at a party after her friend gave a manager a copy of Meghan's film in college to view. [6] To support herself between acting jobs Meghan worked as a freelance calligrapher.[7]

Acting career[edit]

In 2002, Markle got her start in an episode of the daytime soap opera, General Hospital. She's also appeared in television episodes of Century City, Cuts, Love, Inc., The War at Home, 90210, Knight Rider, Without a Trace, The Apostles, CSI: NY, The League, Castle and Suits. Markle has also made appearances in the films A Lot Like Love and Deceit.

Markle made her debut late in the first season of Deal or No Deal on April 12, 2006. Aside from a single appearance holding case #11, Markle was the regular model carrying case #24. Markle quit the show in early 2007. Markle also appeared as a 'mob' member and was interviewed on one episode of the game show "1 versus 100". [8][9]

Markle appeared on Fringe as Junior Agent Amy Jessup in the first two episodes of its second season.[10] Since July 2011 she portrays Rachel Zane, an "attractive paralegal working with Mike Ross (with his encyclopedic knowledge of the law) (Patrick J. Adams) and becomes his valuable after-hours research ally"[11] on the USA Network show Suits.

Markle appeared in two 2010 films, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me and one 2011 film, Horrible Bosses.[11] She appeared in the short film The Candidate (seen on the KQED public television show ImageMakers: the Company of Men) as a secretary in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Markle married Trevor Engelson on September 10, 2011, after having dated since 2004.[12][13] The couple split in May 2013. She then began a relationship with Alex Raymond Johnson, whom she met while home in the Los Angeles area. [14] Markle is a foodie which was incorporated into her Suits character Rachel Zane.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
2005A Lot Like LoveNatalie
2006DeceitGwenTV film
2010The CandidateKatShort film
2010The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting DownDanaTV film
2010Remember MeMegan
2010Get Him to the GreekTatianaUncredited
2011Horrible BossesFedEx Girl
2012Dysfunctional FriendsTerry
2012Random EncountersMindy
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2002General HospitalJill1 episode
2004Century CityNatasha"A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose" (season 1: episode 4)
2005CutsCori"My Boyfriend's Back" (season 1: episode 5)
2005Love, Inc.Teresa Santos"One on One" (season 1: episode 9)
2006The War at HomeSusan"The Seventeen-Year Itch" (season 1: episode 17)
2006CSI: NYVeronica Perez"Murder Sings the Blues" (season 3: episode 7)
2007Deal or No DealHerselfHolder of Case #24; 4 episodes
200890210Wendy"We're Not in Kansas Anymore" (season 1: episode 1)
"The Jet Set" (season 1: episode 2)
2008Til DeathTara"Joy Ride" (season 3: episode 2)
2009Knight RiderAnnie Ortiz"Fight Knight" (season 1: episode 14)
2009Without a TraceHolly Shepard"Chameleon" (season 7: episode 15)
2009FringeJunior FBI Agent Amy Jessup"A New Day in the Old Town" (season 2: episode 1)
"Night of Desirable Objects" (season 2: episode 2)
2009The LeagueRandom Girl"The Bounce Test" (season 1: episode 2)
2010CSI: MiamiOfficer Leah Montoya"Backfire" (season 8: episode 20)
2011–presentSuitsRachel ZaneMain Character; Series Regular
2012CastleCharlotte Boyd/Sleeping Beauty"Once Upon a Crime" (season 4: episode 17)

References[edit]

  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
  2. ^ Dixon, Delaina. "GET GORGEOUS! Meghan Markle’s Celebrity Beauty Secrets". Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  3. ^ Matt Goulet (July 13, 2013). "Q&A:The Beautiful Meghan Markle on Suits, Canada Day, and Handwriting". Esquire. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1620783/bio
  5. ^ http://www.nbc.com/Deal_or_No_Deal/models/meghan.shtml
  6. ^ http://www.buddytv.com/info/meghan-markle-info.aspx
  7. ^ Matt Goulet (July 13, 2013). "Q&A:The Beautiful Meghan Markle on Suits, Canada Day, and Handwriting". Esquire. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ Giles Hardie (September 10, 2012). "Q&A with Meghan Markle". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Today's girl - Meghan Markle". Maxim. June 27, 2012. Retrieved February 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2009-06-23). "Meghan Markle joins 'Fringe'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-06-24. 
  11. ^ a b Hibberd, James (2010-08-24). "Meghan Markle books lead role on 'Legal Mind'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2011-02-16. 
  12. ^ "Hitched, Hatched, Hired". The Hollywood Reporter. September 27, 2011. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  13. ^ Sophia Hardcastle (June 12, 2012). "The Crush: Meghan Markle". Mr Porter. Retrieved February 2, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Meghan Markle, husband quietly separated in August". US Weekly. September 26, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  15. ^ Matt Goulet (July 13, 2013). "Q&A:The Beautiful Meghan Markle on Suits, Canada Day, and Handwriting". Esquire. Retrieved January 14, 2014. 

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