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Welcome to Rachel Skarsten UK: A fan website for the actress Rachel Skarsten. Rising to fame on Birds of Prey and then the breakout role of Tamsin on hit show Lost Girl - Now starring on the TV show ReignRachel has a long list of credits and achievements. Rachel Skarsten UK is the first fansite for Rachel that is not only social media based. I hope to bring you the latest news and gossip !
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Date Opened- 22nd Sept 2015

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It has been announced that Rachel will be attending the first ever Reign Convention, which takes place in Paris, France on 7/8th January 2017.

For further information and tickets see HERE

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Rachel Skarsten UK has been chosen as Celebrity Site Of the Day in collaboration with the site ‘Celebrity Link’. Just 10 days before the 6 month anniversary of RSUK being open this is fantastic! Thanks everyone for your continued support!


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Rachel and the Nyantende Foundation are auctioning off Rachel’s bow she wore on Lost Girl for Bo’s birthday. All proceeds go to the Nyantende Foundation which helps kids in Greater Nyantende Area, Africa-

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‘This bow was worn by Rachel Skarsten, aka Lost Girl’s Tamsin, in Season 5, Episode 5 “It’s Your Lucky Fae”. Tamsin wrapped herself in a bow as a birthday present to Bo… This is the perfect item for Valentine’s Day! ‘



You have until Friday 22nd to place your bids!! View item here

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Hi! Thought this would be an interesting poll to do. You all have 2 votes each. If you chose other let me know what genre you would like her to do in the comments or on Twitter!

Which genre would you like Rachel's next project to be?
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Rachel has taken part in an art project called ‘This Body Project’ which is currently exhibiting in Toronto. Here is her picture and the words she has recorded to go with it. To hear the speech please click HERE

photo by scarlet o'neill

I am a woman. I am an actress. I am in the business of beautiful.
What is my relationship to my body? To be fully transparent and vulnerable, it is a constant battle of dualities.
When I saw this photo my first thought was “I look fatter than usual”. Then as quickly as those words came to mind, I also remembered that day. I didn’t feel fat at all. I had just fallen in love. I was with my inspiring friends creating something I believed in. I was in the city that I feel at home in. I had just booked a great job. I felt liberated and free. I was happy.
Growing up, my father always told me God made and gave me a beautiful body. He would then follow that up by saying that even more importantly, he gave me a beautiful spirit. These words gave me a confidence about who I was inside and out. Worthy, precious and whole. I never questioned or challenged his words until years after he passed away and I had just turned 16.
I filmed a movie on location in Nova Scotia. I had hit the point where what I’d once mindlessly ate caught up to me. I probably gained about 10lbs, but I don’t remember feeling uncomfortable or self conscious…until I returned home. I don’t even think he remembers, but my uncle made a passing comment about my weight. Like a left hook out of no where, it crushed me. But it would not be the last assault, or the worst. Now, his words didn’t not crush me nearly as much as the producers who told me I was fat. The boys who told me I was disposable. The impossible expectations of the people who didn’t matter. And the worst of them all, the moments I told myself I was unworthy of anything other than that effortless wholeness I’d once felt.
Those years started what would be a battle between two voices. Between loving my body and hating it. I became, in a sense, a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a woman of dual mind. It wasn’t more difficult growing up in Hollywood, just an added “bonus”. For a girl, the business of beautiful is everywhere.
Reflecting back on it all now, I ponder the power of words. The power they have to dictate a relationship with oneself. The ability of words to be the life blood of self love or the cancer of self loathing. The weight of a comment or phrase to shift like tectonic plates the foundations of how a woman sees herself. The words my father said to me, the words of my uncle, the words I said and say to myself.
Which brings me to this moment. I’ve lived so long in a business of exterior beauty, both in vocation and gender, that I often forget my body is only one half of what my Dad had always told me. It is only one half of what God has given me, and for sure the most temperate and fragile of the two. Each day I need to be reminded of this.
So when I look at this picture a second time, hanging on the wall as you see it, I’m hoping my first words to myself will be look at that beautiful body and the beautiful spirit the shines through. Worthy, precious and whole. Full stop.


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“Hold out for true love.”

FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES is a collection of impromptu ‘on the street’ interviews about Love, Life, and Self, created by actress Adrienne Wilkinson.

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Rachel has kindly offered people the chance to own a jacket worn by her character Tamsin from Lost Girl. You can place bids on ebay and the proceeds go to her brother’s charity ‘Nyantende Foundation’

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From ebay- ‘This jacket was worn by Rachel Skarsten’s character, Tamsin, on Season 4, Episode 8 of “Lost Girl” (“Groundhog Fae”). All proceeds will go to Rachel’s favourite charity, Nyantende Foundation, enrolling highly vulnerable youth in local primary and secondary schools in eastern DR Congo’

The bidding ends 30th Nov 2015, so place your bids now!!

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Rachel Skarsten graduated from Queen’s University in 2007 with a degree in English. Eight years later, the actress is playing the Queen of England on TV.

[Photo of Rachel as Queen Elizabeth]

The Toronto native has a successful career in Hollywood and currently stars as Queen’s Elizabeth I in the TV show Reign about the life of Mary Queen of Scots. People may recognize Rachel from other shows such as Lost Girl, L.A. Complex, and Flashpoint. Most recently she appeared in the hit film 50 Shades of Grey, playing Christian Grey’s assistant.

Her acting career was already established – thanks to a starring role on the WB TV show Birds of Prey – before she decided to take a break and come to Kingston.

She considers her Queen’s education “invaluable” to her acting career because studying alongside some of the best students in the world taught her to work hard. “I thrived in that (competitive classroom) environment and it prepared me well for the same reality in acting,” says Rachel.

She took time out to talk about the importance of following your passion, the importance of a supportive family and give some advice to actors looking to make it big in Hollywood.

Q: Your father was a doctor. Was your family supportive about your acting dreams or was there pressure to pursue a safer career such as doctor or lawyer?
A: What a great tragedy it was for me to see so many of my friends being pushed in to “suitable” careers. Two of the greatest gifts my parents gave me were the requirement in our house of going to university and the freedom to study there whatever I wanted. Between them they had six degrees, so education was of paramount importance. They always said, however, as long as I was truly happy they would support my career choice. What an incredible privilege and freedom I had! I credit much of my success to that start.

Q: Your started acting in your teens and your career was starting to take off, but you chose to attend Queen’s. Why come to Kingston for four years as oppose to moving to L.A. to focus on your career?
A: I had missed most of high school because I was acting and I felt very strongly that the school experiences you have in your teens and early twenties can’t be duplicated later. I think so much of the learning you do in university is outside of the classroom, figuring out who you are and where you fit in the world. So I left L.A. to come to Queen’s for that and I’m grateful I did. I made a lot of mistakes at Queen’s, but I saw my peers in L.A. struggle making those same mistakes on a world stage. I felt blessed to come back to acting with a greater knowledge of who I was and with a degree that enabled me to know I had other options.

Q: How did Queen’s help prepare you for the cut-throat world of Hollywood?
A: There isn’t a school as competitive as Queen’s. It is bursting at the seams with some of the most well rounded and intelligent students from around the world. I remember during frosh week we were told in an assembly that while we were all accustomed to being in the top 10% of our class, half of us would now be in the bottom. I thrived in that environment and it prepared me well for the same reality in acting. I also believe that the education I received, while not specific to acting, taught me how to think in a different way, how to articulate myself and how to discipline and focus myself and my thoughts. It has been invaluable.

Q: What has been your favourite TV/movie role so far?
A: The one I’m doing now! I play Queen Elizabeth. Is there a more interesting, dynamic or powerful woman of her time one could play?

Q: This year you appeared as Christian Grey’s personal assistant in 50 Shades of Grey and Queen Elizabeth in TV’s Reign. What’s your next big project?
A: Reign keeps me pretty busy. We film for 10 1/2 months out of the year. So aside from working with my brother Jonathan’s charity Nyantende (which started at Queen’s), I’m focused on that.

Q: Any advice to Queen’s alumni who dream about moving to Hollywood and becoming actors?
A: If there is anything else you could do and be happy, do that. Acting is so much more than the art itself. It is a difficult, heartbreaking and ruthless business at times. If there is nothing else that sets you on fire quite like acting, don’t let anyone dissuade you from your dream. I believe, above all, in following your heart.

[Photo of Rachel at Queen's University]

TOP PHOTO: Rachel Skarsten as Queen Elizabeth on TV’s Reign.
BOTTOM PHOTO: Rachel (middle) during her Queen’s University days,
with roommate Stefanie Hurst (left) and cousin Maggie Ranson



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Rachel posted a few pictures of her and her Reign castmates celebrating Halloween dressed up as the Addams Family

Pictures credit to Rachel Skarsten and Adelaide Kane:

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