After completing a Dramatic Arts degree at Bretton Hall College (Leeds University) where she trained as an actress and directed theatre, Rachel came to London and wrote and directed her first short: THE WHITE ROOM. With this she went to the Royal College of Art to do a two year MA in Film Direction.
Rachel wrote and directed three more shorts and after graduating made a further three with region Funders. She has won eight awards in total for her short films, including an RTS, Clermont Ferrand, Brest and DepicT. FUEL was funded by FILM FOUR by Robin Gutch and was distributed in cinema’s nationwide.
Rachel has directed various television programmes between and won a BAFTA for the BBC drama OFFSIDE and an RTS for GIRLS IN LOVE, Granada.
Interviewed by Gilles Jacob and other prominent film figures Rachel was accepted onto the first screenwriting residency in Paris, called The Cinefondation - funded by Cannes film festival.
Rachel has been on the UKFC Guiding lights scheme, her mentor was David Yates (Harry Potter dir), the Shoot/Think/Distribute BFI scheme and she was one of eleven filmmakers chosen to be on the Berlinale Talent Project market in 2011. She has recently completed a short I’LL TELL YOU, funded by the UK Film Council and South West Screen (winning the Best of the South West at Encounters festival).
In 2011 Rachel won the Nick Darke award for her feature script CUB.