Rachel Friend

Rachel Friend (born 8 January 1970) is an Australian actress and journalist.

Rachel Friend
Born (1970-01-08) 8 January 1970
OccupationActress, journalist, communications consultant
Years active1985–1993
Spouse(s)Craig McLachlan (1993–1994; divorced)
Stuart MacGill (2000–present; separated 2013)


Friend joined the cast of the soap opera Neighbours in 1988, when she was eighteen.[1] Friend chose to postpone her university degree to join the show as Bronwyn Davies.[1] Friend quit Neighbours in 1990.[2] That same year saw her win the Logie Award for "Most Popular Actress".[3]

Other roles include Frog Dreaming (1986) and Golden Fiddles (1991). She had a brief appearance in Round The Twist as a Mermaid. Friend hosted the Seven Network show Saturday Kitchen with her husband Stuart MacGill on Saturday afternoons. In 2003, Friend established her own PR company, MediaFriendly, and as of July 2007, is producing and presenting the Seven Network's new parenting show, Mums and Bubs. In 2009, Friend began hosting a television show on the Seven Network called New Idea TV alongside Barbara Northwood, Tom Williams and a variety of other presenters.

Personal life

In 1993, Friend married Australian actor-singer Craig McLachlan whom she had met on the set of Neighbours.[4] They divorced the following year.[4]

Friend married Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill in 2000[4] and they have two children together. The pair separated in 2013.


  1. "Your New Neighbour". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. 25 June 1988. p. 51. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  2. Idato, Michael (14 March 2005). "Role of honour". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  3. "1990 TV Week Logie Awards". TV Week. tvweek.ninemsn.com.au. Archived from the original on 24 March 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
  4. Sharp, Annette (15 October 2000). "The Diary". The Sun-Herald. Fairfax Media. p. 26. Retrieved 6 June 2011.
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