Rachel Grant

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Rachel Grant
BornRachel Louise Grant de Longueuil
(1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 36)[1]
Parañaque, Philippines[2]
ResidenceNew York
NationalityBritish
Height5 foot, 8 inches (1.73m)
Website
www.rachelgrant.com
 
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Rachel Grant
BornRachel Louise Grant de Longueuil
(1977-09-25) 25 September 1977 (age 36)[1]
Parañaque, Philippines[2]
ResidenceNew York
NationalityBritish
Height5 foot, 8 inches (1.73m)
Website
www.rachelgrant.com
Rachel Grant
Rachel Grant de Longueuil
Rachel Grant de Longueuil
Fountain of Love village school build in Bani, Philippines.
Rachel Grant invited by Hillary Clinton attends Washington DC luncheon in honour of His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III of the Philippines.

Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, better known as Rachel Grant, is a Filipino-born British actress, TV host, writer, humanitarian and social entrepreneur. She also specializes in Filipino martial arts Kali; grandmaster Dan Inosanto was one of her teachers.

Born on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Grant was raised in Nottingham, England and attended drama school in London. She has since lived in Manila Philippines and Los Angeles, later moving to New York.

Grant is of British, French-Canadian, Filipino and Spanish descent through her parents. Her full name is Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, a barony title granted by King Louis XIV of France to her direct ancestor Charles le Moyne de Longueuil for his travels and explorations throughout North America.

Family[edit]

Born on the island of Luzon in the Philippines, Grant moved to the United Kingdom when she was a baby. Her British father, a retired doctor, hypnotist, and artist, is Michael Grant, 12th Baron de Longueuil. She is related to British royalty through her grandfather and celebrated artist, the late 11th Baron Raymond De Longueuil (second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II), whose mother was Lady Ernestine Maude Bowes-Lyon[3] granddaughter of the 12th Earl of Strathmore. Her Filipina mother Isabel Padua-Grant is founder of registered charity The Padua Charitable Fund which helps to raise funds for poor communities in the Philippines. Grant has one older sister, model and ballet teacher at the Angela Grant School of Dance in London Angela Grant (b. 1974), one younger sister, actress Rebecca Grant (b. 1981), and a younger half brother David-Alexander (b. 1984).[citation needed]

As children, the three performing Grant sisters (Angela, Rachel & Rebecca) attended the Miss Nora Morrison (MBE) School of Dance in Nottingham for several years, performing and raising funds for Nottingham's blind and deaf, winning national medals and trophies through theatre performances and competitions. Their mother Isabel designed and made all their costumes.

Acting career[edit]

Rachel Grant played Bond girl Peaceful Fountains of Desire in the 20th James Bond film Die Another Day. Her first TV role was Nina, the hostess of horror show Sci-fright. She was Professor Myang Li in the Sky One series Brainiac: Science Abuse.[citation needed] She has had roles in theatre and on British TV shows including Emmerdale, Murder in Suburbia, Blue Murder and Casualty. She also appeared as Maria Ronson in the film Until Death with Jean Claude Van Damme and Stephen Rea, and in The Purifiers with Dominic Monaghan.

Travel[edit]

Grant was an international beauty queen and Miss Hawaiian Tropic. She has travelled to six continents and over 50 countries. In 2012 she was an originator of a subterranean river exploration, and one of the team leaders who visited the uncharted Angel Cave in Bani, Philippines. Grant has been to the edge of the Mayon Volcano, and visited the Hourani tribe in Ecuador, and the Amazon rainforest.

Philippine charity[edit]

As of 2014 Grant is building a school in Bani, Philippines, to serve 150 children who were typhoon victims. She assists in charitable efforts with her mother Isabel Padua-Grant (founder of their registered British charity The Padua Charitable Fund), and visited the devastated city of Tacloban as a volunteer after Typhoon Haiyan stuck the Philippines and is helping to build homes for those who survived.

Social Entrepreneur[edit]

Grant serves as Global Ambassador to Philippine social enterprise Human Nature cosmetics. [4] In 2013 she co-founded Furry Kind by Human Nature which produces all-natural non-toxic pet cosmetics, providing livelihood for underprivileged farming communities in the Philippines. [5]

Writer[edit]

In 2012 Grant authored the book Making a Difference about the positive ventures and good works she has encountered during her travels. [6] She has written numerous articles and is a contributing editor for Travelife magazine.


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