Rachel Blanchard

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Actress

Birth Date: March 19, 1976

Age: 47 years old

Birth Place: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Actress Rachel Blanchard parlayed her gift for portraying the offbeat, even dark side of innocuous or flighty girls and women on television comedies like "Clueless" (ABC/UPN, 1996-99), "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO, 2007-09) and "You Me Her" (Audience Network, 2016- ). Born Rachel Louise Blanchard on March 19, 1976 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, she began acting at an early age, appearing in television commercials and in a recurring role on the well-loved CBC children's series "The Kids of Degrassi Street" (1979-1986) in 1984. Over the next decade, Blanchard worked steadily in Canadian television content, enjoying recurring roles on "War of the Worlds" (syndicated, 1988-1990) and as the ghost story aficionado Kristen on "Are You Afraid of the Dark" (YTV/Nickelodeon, 1990-96, 1999-2000). She continued acting into her teenaged years while also completing her high school studies at the all-girls school Havergal College, and briefly considered a career in psychology while attending Queen's University. However, she left the school before graduating to focus on her acting career, which reached a peak in 1996 when she was cast in "Clueless." Based on the 1995 film of the same name - which itself was based on Jane Austen's "Emma" - the series followed the continuing high school adventures of Cher Horowitz, played by Alicia Silverstone in the film and Blanchard in the series. The broad comedy ran for a season on ABC before moving to UPN for its final two years, and afforded Blanchard other opportunities in teen-oriented projects. She Blanchard settled into a two-year recurring role on "7th Heaven" as a police officer teamed with Geoff Stults' Kevin Kinkirk, and parlayed her comic talents into a string of modestly popular features, including "Road Trip" (2000), "Sugar & Spice" (2001) and "Without a Paddle" (2004), playing sweet, often befuddled young women along the lines of Cher Horowitz. She attempted to break free of this character type with turns as a murdered journalist linked to comedy team Kevin Bacon and Colin Firth in Atom Egoyan's thriller "Where the Truth Lies" (2005) and in the campy horror film "Snakes on a Plane" (2006), but television comedy remained her best showcase. Blanchard netted a Golden Nymph from the Television Festival of Monte Carlo for her turn as the sexually unrestrained girlfriend of slacker Robert Webb on the long-running British series "Peep Show" (Channel 4, 2003-2015), and played Sally, a woman who comes between eccentric bandmates Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie on the pilot episode of "Flight of the Conchords" (HBO, 2007-09). Two years later, she won a Gemini for her turn as a brain-damaged woman who becomes involved with Jason Priestley's morally bankrupt hero on "Call Me Fitz" (HBO Canada/Movie Central/Movie Network, 2010-13). More comic work, including a recurring role as ex-beauty queen Kitty Nygaard on the debut season of "Fargo" (FX, 2014- ), and guest appearances on critically praised comedy series like "Childrens Hospital" (The WB.

Com/Adult Swim, 2010-15) and "Another Period" (Comedy Central, 2015- ), preceded her return to series work with "You Me Her, " a U.S.-Canadian comedy about a couple (Blanchard and Greg Poehler) who find themselves in a polyamorous relationship after Blanchard falls in love with an escort (Priscilla Faia) she hired to boost Poehler's sex drive.

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The Summer I Turned PrettyStream

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Susannah
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2022
74%

Deep WaterStream

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Kristin Peterson
Movie
2022
35%

Getting to Know You

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Kayla
Movie
2020

Daily Blast Live

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2017

You Me HerStream

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Emma Trakarsky
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2016

You Me Her

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2016

FargoStream

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Kitty Nygaard
Series
2014
93%

My Gal Sunday

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Sandra "Sunday" O'Brien-Parker
Movie
2014

Dark Hearts

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Clarissa
Movie
2014

Scrapper

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Sharon
Movie
2013

The Surrogacy Trap

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Mallory Parkes
Movie
2013

Wedding Band

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2012

Mad Ship

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Adeline
Movie
2012

The Case for Christmas

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Lauren
Movie
2011

My Uncle Rafael

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Michele
Movie
2011

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

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2010

Open House

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Alice
Movie
2010

Daydream Nation

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Ms. Budge
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2010

Overnight

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Jenny
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2010

Ann Rule's Everything She Ever Wanted

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2009

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Emily
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2009
22%

FlashpointStream

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Jackie Emery
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2008

Anne of Green Gables: A New Beginning

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Louisa Thomas
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2008

Adoration

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Rachel
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2008

Growing Op

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Crystal Connors
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2008

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Sally
Series
2007
94%

Careless

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2007

PsychStream

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2006
89%

Snakes on a PlaneStream

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Mercedes
Movie
2006
69%

Comeback Season

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Chloe Pearce
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2006

Where the Truth Lies

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Maureen O'Flaherty
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2005

Without a PaddleStream

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Flower
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2004
14%

Peep ShowStream

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2003
96%

The Wild Dogs

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Moll
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2002

Sugar & Spice

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Hannah
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2001

Chasing Holden

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T.J. Jensen
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2001

Nailed

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Kelly Sherman
Movie
2001

Road TripStream

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Tiffany Henderson
Movie
2000
57%

The Rage: Carrie 2

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Monica
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1999

Clueless

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Cher Horowitz
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1996

7th HeavenStream

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Roxanne Richardson
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1996

Flash Forward

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1995

Flash Forward

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1995

Young Ivanhoe

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Rowena
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1995

Iron Eagle IV

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Kitty Shaw
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1995

Clarence

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Jill
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1990

The Hitchhiker

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1983

The Littlest HoboStream

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