Rachel Nichols


Date of Birth: 8 January 1980, Augusta, Maine, USA

Birth Name: Rachel Emily Nichols

Height: 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Model and actress Rachel Emily Nichols was born in Augusta, Maine to Alison and James Nichols, a teacher. She has English, French-Canadian, German, Irish, Italian and Scottish ancestry. After graduating from high school, she attended Columbia University in New York City, where she eventually graduated with a double major in math and economics. Whilst at Columbia, she began modeling, launching a successful career with work for such high-profile companies as Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch and L'Oreal. She moved into acting, snagging a role on Sex and the City (1998) with her very first audition. She made her film debut as Jessica Matthews in the prequel Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003). Success continued with roles in such projects as The Amityville Horror (2005), The Inside (2005), Alias (2001), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009), Criminal Minds (2005) (a recurring role as FBI Agent Ashley Seaver) and Conan the Barbarian (2011). She played the lead role of Kiera Cameron on the science fiction series Continuum (2012).


Michael Kershaw (26 September 2014 - present)

Scott Stuber (26 July 2008 - 2009) (divorced)

Trivia (13)

Attended and graduated from Columbia University with a double major in math and economics.

Modelled for Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch, L'Oreal and Nicole Miller.

Received the first role she auditioned for, as the restaurant hostess on Sex and the City (1998).

Attended and graduated from Cony High School, where she competed in the high jump.

Yahoo! Model of the Month. [September 2000]

Ranked #28 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 Women of 2003 list.

Married producer Scott Stuber on July 26, 2008 in Aspen, Colorado.

Daughter of James and Alison Nichols.

First wife of Scott Stuber.

Had a body double for her sex scene in Conan the Barbarian (2011).

Her father has English and French-Canadian ancestry. Her maternal grandfather had three quarters Italian and one quarter German ancestry, while her mother and grandmother had English, Scottish and Northern Irish ancestry.

Nichols and her Star Trek (2009) co-star Zoe Saldana both went on to work with Stephen Lang. Saldana, with Lang in Avatar (2009); Nichols, with Lang in Conan the Barbarian (2011).

(December 30, 2013) Engaged to real estate developer Michael Kershaw.

Personal Quotes (5)

[on playing the role of Tamara in Conan the Barbarian (2011)] It was really important that she not be the damsel-in-distress. We wanted to update and empower her, and the best way to do that is to go toe-to-toe with Conan. So I give him attitude in the beginning, and there really is a hostile relationship.

[on her first sex scene in a movie] They were nice enough to shoot the scene at the end of filming, so by then Jason [Jason Momoa] and I had become friends. But it still is awkward, especially when you have the director saying, "Grab her neck and bite her.".

History is fickle. We know that. The good and bad come around and go around, and go around again. There are recessions and depressions and economic boom and bust. I'm concerned about the future. I think many people acknowledge we're on a path that can't be sustained.

I love the physicality side of roles, I really do. And when I get to do my own stunts, it's that much cooler. I'll do anything the production safety people will let me.

[on Continuum (2012)] I like these strong female role models. Carlos [Victor Webster] had a shower scene the other day. Without his top on. He gets to do all the fun eye-candy stuff, and I get to kill people. It's gritty.

Known For


Cast Credits

NBA: The Jump (2016)
Starring as Host
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (2015)
Guest starring as Rachel Nichols
Rush (2014)
Guest starring as Corrine Rush (3 episodes)
Witches of East End (2013)
Guest starring as Isis
Continuum (2012)
Starring as Kiera Cameron (42 episodes)
Chicago Fire (2012)
Guest starring as Jamie Killian (6 episodes)
Criminal Minds (2005)
Starring as Ashley Seaver
Guest starring as Ashley Seaver (3 episodes)
Line of Fire (2003)
Guest starring as Alex (2 episodes)
Alias (2001)
Starring as Rachel Gibson (17 episodes)