Born and raised in Toronto, Rachel Hayward landed her first acting role in the feature Fun Park at the age of 17. Uncertain at the time if acting was her passion, Rachel followed an artistic path and studied at Ontario College of Art where she graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. After a period of time freelancing as a graphic artist, Rachel made the move to Vancouver to seriously pursue an acting career. Rachel studied with Mel Tuck at Gastown Actors Studio, and decided to enroll in The Groundlings in Los Angeles, to expand her comedy skills. She also trained and worked with renowned acting teacher, Larry Moss.