Rachel Ward

Rachel Ward


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Rachel is a former British actress who starred in CBS’s biggest rating mini-series ever, The Thorn Birds and the films, Against All Odds, Sharkey’s Machine and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid among many others. She has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards.

For the past 15 years Rachel has been directing and writing for film and television in Australia where she has lived for the past 35 years. Her film Beautiful Kate, starring Ben Mendelsohn and Rachel Griffith garnered 11 AFI nominations and screened in competition at Toronto and Palm Springs and Sydney Film Festivals. She won an ACCTA award for her short fiction film, The Big House and has received three Critics Circle nominations for best director. For the ABC movie, An Accidental Soldier, Rachel received an ACCTA nomination for best director and for best film. Showtime’s six-part series The Devils Playground of which Rachel directed three episodes, won both a Logie and ACCTA for best film or mini series.

She has just completed the film Palm Beach, starring Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi, Sam Neill and Richard E Grant to be released in August 2019.