Rachael Morelle Blake (born 26 May 1971) is an Australian actress.
Rachael Morelle Blake
26 May 1971
|Other names||Rachel Blake|
|Spouse(s)||Tony Martin (2003–present)|
|Awards||Fantasporto Award for Best Actress|
2004 Perfect Strangers
IF Award for Best Actress
Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress in a Series
Blake was born deaf in one ear, a condition that was rectified by a series of operations undertaken before she was six. To overcome shyness and her hearing problem, her mother enrolled her in elocution lessons, which she continued until age 17.
After attending the John Curtin College of the Arts high school in Perth, she applied to Sydney's National Institute of Dramatic Art ("NIDA") at age 17. but was rejected due to her age. She was accepted to NIDA when she was 19.
At 13, Blake was cast in a short film. Blake's first film role was in the Australian children's movie Paws. After studying at NIDA, she worked on Australian television shows Home and Away (as Mandy Thomas), Pacific Drive, and Heartbreak High. In 1997, she took the role of Dr Maxine Summers in the ABC crime drama Wildside.
She has also starred in several films, including 2001's Lantana with Anthony LaPaglia, as well as 2003's Perfect Strangers for which she won the Fantasporto Award for Best Actress. Between 2006–2007, she played Hilary Davenport in the British satirical black comedy Suburban Shootout. She played "Belinda" in a British TV movie, Clapham Junction, in 2007. In 2009, she starred in the UKTV mini-series False Witness. She also played a main role in The Prisoner. In 2010, she portrayed Hazel Hawke in the telemovie Hawke.
Blake played the character of Clara in the erotic drama Sleeping Beauty.
In 2012, Blake portrayed Kris Perry in the theatre production of 8 in Sydney and Melbourne. In 2013, she portrayed Lady Tuckworth in the HBO Asia series Serangoon Road. She played a main role in the 2014 drama film Melody, for which she has received recognition (see below). She appeared in the 2016 film Gods of Egypt.
Awards and honours
Blake won the Silver Logie Award for 'Most Outstanding Actress' at the Logie Awards (1999). She was nominated four times at the Australian film Institute (since 2011 called the AACTA Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards) and won the award for 'Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama' for Wildside in 1998 and 'Best Actress for a Supporting role' for Lantana in 2001. She received the Montréal World Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her portrayal, in the title role, in the 2014 drama film Melody (2014). In 2004, she won the Best Actress (Melhor Actriz) - Directors' Week Award at Fantasporto film festival (2004) and the Best Actress Award at Pacific Meridian film festival, Vladivostok for Perfect Strangers (2003). In 2018, she was part of the ensemble cast that won the 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Series in a Drama Series' by Equity Ensemble Awards 2018 for Cleverman (2016)
|2001||The Letter||Narrator (voice)|
|2002||Whispering in the Dark||Woman||Short|
|2004||Tom White||Helen White|
|2006||Riot or Revolution: Eureka Stockade 1854||Narrator|
|2010||Cherry Tree Lane||Christine|
|2014||My Mistress||Kate Boyd|
|2016||Gods of Egypt||Isis|
|2018||The Second||The Writer||Completed|
|2018||Slam||Joanne Hendricks||released 2018|
|1995–1997||Home and Away||Mandy Thomas||Recurring role|
|1997||Water Rats||Carly Bridges||"Stolen Time"|
|1997–1999||Wildside||Maxine Summers||Main role|
|2000||Nowhere to Land||Anne Prescott||TV film|
|2000||The Three Stooges||Helen Howard||TV film|
|2003||Grass Roots||Faith Twohill||"Art", "Prostitution", "Investigation"|
|2003||Dying to Leave||Narrator||TV film|
|2004||Auf Wiedersehen, Pet||Naomi Hedges||"Au Revoir: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2006||Bon Voyage||Elizabeth Aldred||TV miniseries|
|2006–07||Suburban Shootout||Hilary Davenport||Main role|
|2007||Clapham Junction||Belinda Hopkirk||TV film|
|2008||Lewis||Ann Kriel||"Music to Die For"|
|2009||False Witness||Det. Chief Insp. Julie Hales||TV film|
|2009||The Prisoner||M2||TV miniseries|
|2010||Hawke||Hazel Hawke||TV film|
|2012||The Straits||Natasha||Main role|
|2013||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries||Ailsa Wilton||"Blood at the Wheel"|
|2013||Serangoon Road||Lady Tuckworth||Main role|
|2016||Rake||Ruth Rogers||"4.1", "4.2", "4.3"|
|2017||Cleverman||Marion Frith||Main role (series 2)|
- "Partly deaf, tearful and shy". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. 12 October 2003. p. 105.
- Curtis, Maree (12 October 2003). "Unknown Rachael comes of age". Sunday Mail. Advertiser Newspapers Limited. p. 105.
- Stratton, David (25 June 2011). "Sleeping Beauty's naked provocation is no fairytale" (film review). The Australian. Retrieved 10 June 2016.
When Lucy apparently decides she needs to augment her income, she answers an ad and finds herself in a large, isolated house being interviewed by elegant Clara (Rachael Blake). Clara, it seems, runs an establishment that, though not exactly a brothel in the accepted sense, does bring together attractive young women and older men.
- "Logie Awards (1999)". IMDb.
- "Wildside - Awards". IMDb.
- "Lantana - Awards". IMDb.
- "Awards of the world film festival - Montréal 2014". Montreal World Film Festival.
- "Perfect Strangers - Awards". IMDb.
- "Cleverman - Awards". IMDb.