Rae Baker

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Rae Baker
BornRae Baker
1974 (age 40–41)
Southampton, Hampshire
OccupationActress
Years active1995-onwards
AwardsPersonal bursary from Cameron Mackintosh to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama
 
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Rae Baker
BornRae Baker
1974 (age 40–41)
Southampton, Hampshire
OccupationActress
Years active1995-onwards
AwardsPersonal bursary from Cameron Mackintosh to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama

Rae Baker (born 1974),[1] is an English actress most famous for playing bisexual Detective Constable Juliet Becker in the long running ITV drama The Bill.

Career[edit]

Born in Southampton, Hampshire, Baker joined the local Gilbert and Sullivan repertory company aged 13 and took private piano and singing lessons to improve her soprano voice.[2] She received a personal bursary from Cameron Mackintosh to train at the Central School of Speech and Drama.[citation needed]

After graduation, Baker secured roles in Guys & Dolls and A Winter's Tale at the Royal National Theatre.[3] Her TV debut was in the first episode of Jonathan Creek.[4] In 1998, Baker had a role in the film Shadow Run with Michael Caine[2] and followed that with leading West End theatre roles in The Postman Always Rings Twice opposite Val Kilmer,[3] and as Vivian in Dirty Dancing.[1]

In July 2002, Baker joined ITV drama The Bill playing the role of Detective Constable Juliet Becker. Originally Baker screen tested for the part of ditzy Police Constable Honey Harman,[3] but the producers decided to cast Kim Tiddy in that role and created the role of DC Becker especially for Baker, allowing her to indulge her passion of riding motorcycles by providing her with a Honda Hornet.[2] Baker took the role due to its variety of portraying a bisexual character, but left as she began to feel the role was not developing beyond a ratings gaining option to exploit the character kissing other women.[3]

Baker also played the love interest, Caroline Garvey, for Dr Nick West in the BBC One daytime series Doctors.[5] and has appeared as Jade Dixon-Halliday in children's spy drama MI High and played the role of "Shinada" in Sci-Fi movie "Ice Planet".

In 2015 she appeared as Mimi in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.8 "The Lair of the Libertines"

Personal life[edit]

Baker is married to actor and writer Duncan Wisbey and the couple had their first child Hattie in May 2011. The family live in Surrey.[citation needed]

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