• Rachael Taylor is an Australian actress and model
• She debuted in the film “Transformers” and has made appearances in “Charlie’s Angels”, “Grey’s Anatomy” and the Marvel series “Jessica Jones”
• She has co-created and directed the web series “PILLOW TALK”
• She experienced domestic abuse in her past relationship with Matthew Newton
• She has an estimated net worth of $4 million

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Short Info

Net Worth$4 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1984
FactHer role as Sasha Forbes on Headland (2005) is the first time she has played a character with her native Australian accent.

Not one to stay in the limelight, Rachael Taylor does not need to rely on the status of her partners to maintain her celebrity status. Australian actress and model, Taylor stepped into the Hollywood lights when she debuted as the popular figure, Maggie, in the film “Transformers”. Since then, she has made an appearance in notable and iconic films such as the remake of “Charlie’s Angels”, and the ever-popular “Grey’s Anatomy”. Rachael is also known for the scandal surrounding her recent relationships; this is through no fault of her own, but due to the domestic abuse she has suffered, and the surreptitious nature of her most recent relationship.

Early Life and Family

Rachael Taylor was born on 11 July 1984, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia to British parents Cristine and Nigel Taylor.

As the only child of the couple, Taylor enjoyed a comfortable childhood, showered with love and care. Both her parents and her grandparents owned caravans, and this allowed them to nurture a close relationship constructed around family vacations and traveling along the East Coast. Today she still maintains an affinity for her homeland, describing Tasmania as having ‘a lovely confused beauty. It’s a majestic place.’

Rachael’s future careers were foreshadowed from an early age. She had a distinct interest in acting, participating in multiple school plays, and even tried her hand at modeling and pageantry. In 1988 at the age of 14, she competed in the Miss Teen Tasmania beauty pageant, which marked her first win in the beauty industry.

However, this is not a phase in her life that Taylor likes to remember. She told Australian “The Fitzy & Wippa Show” that ‘It’s the humiliation of my life. It was really embarrassing.” She did go on to compete in the state finals, she soon left this life behind to move into a new stage of her life.


Just like the majority of her life, Rachael Taylor’s education follows an eventful pattern. Taylor attended Riverside High School in her hometown, however, by the age of 16 she already knew that she wanted to become an actress. A little while, and a lot of persuasive action, later, Taylor moved to Sydney to become an actress. According to the initial agreement she and her parents had put in place, she was supposed to complete her high school career through correspondence.

Rachael Taylor

Rachael told “The Sunday Morning Herald” that she ended up having to return home to Launceston to finish her schooling properly. Despite this hiccup, Taylor still did well enough to qualify for a degree in History and Politics. She attended the University of Sydney to pursue her degree, but deferred her studies to pursue her acting career. Since then she has returned to university to study International Relations. What comes as a surprise to many, is the fact that Rachael never had any formal training in acting, and learned it all on the job.


Acting and Modelling

Rachael Taylor started her career as a model for Skye-Jilly International Agency when she was only a teenager, but soon graduated from the beauty industry into acting and film.

Taylor has previously said that “Women are asked to consider their beauty too much” and has consequently chosen a career that focuses more on innate ability than physical attributes.

Taylor’s first adventure into film came when she was cast in “The Mystery of Natalie Wood” in 2004. The film followed the accounts of the family of friends to create a flowing narrative of the life and mysterious death of actress Natalie Wood, perhaps best known for playing Maria in “West Side Story”. Subsequently, she played a few minor roles before finally landing a leading role in the Australian TV series “Headland” in 2005 – for her performance in the series, she has received a Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent.

In 2006, Rachael Taylor made her way to Los Angeles and the bright lights of Hollywood.

This turned out to be one of the best moves in her career, as she was cast in the 2007 “Transformers” as Maggie Madsen. This was a pivotal point in her career, that allowed her to work alongside the star-studded cast that included well-known names such as Megan Fox, prolific Josh Duhamel, and French-American actor Shia LeBeouf.

After her Hollywood debut, Rachael Taylor became one of the most sought-after actresses in the industry, making appearances in multiple films including “Red Dog” (2011), “The Loft” (2014), and “Finding Steve McQueen” (2019), and scoring a recurring role in “Grey’s Anatomy”. Taylor also plays the role of Trish Walker in the Marvel series “Jessica Jones”, incredibly important to her as it focuses on a woman trapped in an abusive relationship and the effect thereof.

Having experienced this herself, she feels she can be passionate about the project, and relishes the opportunity to bring this topic into the light.

Writing and Producing

Like many actresses and actors in the industry, Taylor soon became interested in what goes on behind the scenes to create films and series. Rachael co-created and directed the web series “PILLOW TALK” which ran from 2017, and currently has another series in the pipeline, which she has been developing with Sharon Horgan from “Hello Merman”.

Personal Life

Rachael Taylor currently lives on the beach a short distance away from Santa Monica. She loves to cook and has many friends in the acting community. She relates that she finally feels confident in her body and self. She is in a loving relationship with her current boyfriend; however, things have not always been so idyllic.

Rachael Taylor and Matthew Newton

Rachael and Matthew started dating in 2008, and the public was starry-eyed at the cute couple’s relationship. Yet there was a much darker side to Matthew than the public knew – he had previously been charged with four offenses against his previous girlfriend, Brooke Sachwell, including stalking and assault. Ultimately, his lawyer managed to get him off on probation, arguing that he was unlikely to repeat the offense. He could not have been more wrong.

Rachael and Matthew became engaged, but the happiness was soon shattered. After being thrown out of a bar in 2010 after a brief altercation with a man who had approached Rachael, Newton assaulted his fiancée in their hotel later that night, allegedly punching Taylor in the face, leaving her with concussion and a sprained jaw.

News at the time revealed that in addition to his psychological issues, Newton had been abusing alcohol and using various narcotics, including cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana. Taylor then filed for an Apprehended Violence Order against Newton and the two ended their relationship. Rachael asserted that she had been experiencing abuse of all types – verbal, psychological, and physical – at the hands of her fiancée for at least a year. This was not the end of her troubles with Newton, as he later breached the terms of his AVO in 2011. Newton spent much of his life in treatment for his bipolar disorder, and acquired an extensive rap sheet, including the alleged assault of a 66-year old taxi driver, two counts of resisting arrest, plus trespassing and battery.

Taylor reveals that at first she felt “stupid” and ashamed of being a victim of abuse, but she now uses this experience to empower other women. There is nothing she can do about the tattoo on the inside of her wrist that says ‘Matthew’, but she has rebuilt herself into a stronger and more resilient woman. Since these events, she has opened up to various sources to discuss the abuse she suffered, as well as her recovery process.

Rachel Taylor and Mike Piscitelli

Rachael has kept her more recent relationship out of the public eye. She and Mike, photographer and director, had been dating for two years before she finally released that information to the public in 2015. Taylor says that their relationship is what makes her most proud, especially in the wake of her traumatic experience with Newton.

Rachael has been sporting what many speculate to be an engagement ring on her ring finger since 2017. An additional ring has the public wondering if she and Mike have tied the knot, however, no such rumors have been confirmed by the parties involved.


Rachael Taylor is a reputedly stunning actress with a pale complexion and shoulder-length blonde hair and pale green eyes. Taylor is slender and keeps to a healthy workout routine. She is 5ft 8ins (1.72m) tall and weighs 126lbs (57kgs).

Net Worth and Salary

Taylor has made ripples in the industry, progressing from small parts played in local films and TV series to big-time Hollywood movies. Her net worth reflects her journey, growing to as high as an estimated $4 million. While some may feel that this is a paltry sum, Taylor is not looking for awards and glitz and glam. She is simply doing what she loves and living the life that makes her happiest.

General Info

Full NameRachael Taylor
Net Worth$4 million dollars
Date Of BirthJuly 11, 1984
Height1.73 m
ProfessionActor, Model
EducationUniversity of Sydney, Riverside High School


ParentsNigel Taylor, Christine Taylor


NominationsLogie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent
MoviesTransformers, ARQ, The Darkest Hour, The Loft, Shutter, Bottle Shock, Red Dog, Any Questions for Ben?, See No Evil, Ghost Machine, Splinterheads, Man-Thing, Summer Coda, Cedar Boys, Deception, The Mystery of Natalie Wood, Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, Hercules, Legend of the Guardians: T...
TV ShowsCrisis, 666 Park Avenue, Charlie's Angels, headLand, Jessica Jones

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1When you are in control of what the final product is, there is kind of no limitation to what you feel like you can do because you know that if you don't like it, you can just cut it out.
2Sometimes when Australians go overseas, it's as though the "Aussie" is refined out of them. I don't know why. It's never happened to me, because I'm really proud of it. I'm not embarrassed about where I'm from or who I am any more. I know who I am. I don't fit in everywhere, but I know where I do fit in.
3The earth is such a voluminous, sparse, wild place that has its own rhythm that human beings try to control and strategize our way around, but the truth is, if you're out someplace like the ocean on a capsized boat, it doesn't matter if you have academic degrees, or if you're a martial-arts ninja. Nature is a bigger force than you.
4Transformers (2007) was important and defining for me because it taught me about what kinds of movies I want to make and the kind of actor I want to be, and I have a long way to go before I become that actor.
5In terms of style I typically veer toward a certain masculinity. My style inspirations range from images of my father in his 1970s suits, to Tilda Swinton, to Hugh Hefner, to Sharon Stone and her ferocious sexuality, to handsome men I see on the streets of New York.
6Often, as a young actress, you find yourself being the only girl in a room full of men... and one of the reasons why I like Grey's Anatomy (2005) is because they have such strong female characters and the women really drive this show.
7I think all television has to be about relationships and I don't think horror for the sake of it can work unless you're able to ground it in some kind of relationship.
8I'm a huge fan of good, procedural-type shows on television... there are a lot of roles for women. But there aren't a lot of great network television roles for girls that will let you start a character in one place and finish up with her in a totally different one.
9I'm an actor that likes to go to work. I like going to work every day. I'm a worker by nature. I'm not someone who does one film a year and feels satisfied by that.
10If incredible creatures like sharks can exist, why not Bigfoot? When I look at sharks, they're the most terrifying, monstrous, dinosaur-like things. To this day, I'm so fascinated by them and can't get my head around how they are on Planet Earth at all.
11I know what I want, I want things for myself, but I think the key to life is somebody to love, something to do and something to look forward to. I don't think it's complicated.
12I eat excellent bread, clean meat, good crisp veggies, organic fruits and nice wine and cheese. It is one of the things I am truly grateful for. I'm not kidding. You can't ask a single mother of three working two jobs for minimum wage to eat that way. I am lucky.
13I like to work out. I work out hard when I get to it, but it's so sporadic, I'm not sure it counts at all! I eat pretty much anything, but I eat high-quality food. There was never a packet of chips or box of candy in my house when I was growing up. Ever.
14I definitely wouldn't shy away from doing another action based project, but I feel like my forte is more like playing real, ordinary people. I'm a girl's girl.
15Young adults in their late 20s are confronted by so many choices - there are so many different paths to choose. Sometimes I think we just fill our lives with stuff so we don't really make any choice at all, which is certainly incredibly luxurious.
16I can see my ghost trying to get that Academy Award, forever stuck in a casting office. Can you imagine? I've spent enough time in audition rooms. I don't want to be doing that in my afterlife.
17I'm all about a flat shoe. It takes a lot to get me into a heel!
18I'm not a collector. I toss things out all the time.
19I've done stuff to pay my dues and that's what actors are supposed to do, because I was a really bad actor when I was 18 or 20.
20If I'm going to take my clothes off I figured I might as well do it for something that I'm directing myself since I had complete control of the edit.
21Aesthetically, I don't really like the blond, tan thing. I am pale. So I may as well embrace the pale. Long blond hair and a bad spray tan is the stuff of my nightmares.
22An inspiring word for me is to think of myself as limitless.
23I really like working in television and I like exploring a character over a longer period of time, and I like the consistency of television.
24I like people that are not frightened to say what they think.
25I don't really look forward to movie stardom or doing a $200-million movie or winning an Academy Award.
26For me, clothing is nothing without the story behind it. Everything I own evokes some kind of memory.
27Falling in love, romance, matters of the heart - when you fall in love, on some biochemical level you know there is a chance it won't work out. It's ingrained in us that if you take such an enormous risk on someone with your heart that it might not pay off. I gamble all my chips and I might actually lose everything.
28We live in a world of instant gratification, the world of the quick fix.
29I tend not to wear accessories. I'm not one of those gals with a drawerful of amazing jewelry. I don't even have my ears pierced! But I have one bracelet that never comes off my wrist.
30I do support a sex-positive attitude for young people. Use condoms, that's important. I love the idea that promiscuity can be healthy but it's got some dodgy crevasses. Ooh, that's a bad reference! But it's got some dangerous cavities there. You know what I'm saying.
31I realized that I'm a soft person. I think I'm sensitive. I wanted very much to be tough and I think movie stars have a certain kind of resilience and toughness to them, but I'm quite a sensitive young lady in some respects.


1AKA Jessica Jones was not Rachael Taylor's first Marvel Studios job. Man-Thing (2005) was one of Marvel's earlier (and lesser known) installments of the MCU and is based on the comic book of the same name.
2Parents are Nigel and Christine Taylor.
3Attended and graduated from Riverside High School in Riverside, Australia.
4Ranked #79 in the 2011 FHM Australia list of "100 Sexiest Women in the World".
5Ranked #65 on Ask men's top 99 "most desirable" women of 2011.
6Turned down the role of Danni Martin in the comedy film Surfer, Dude (2008), which went to Alexie Gilmore.
7Was crowned Miss Teen Tasmania 1998 in her home state of Tasmania, Australia.
8Keeps her native accent in Transformers (2007) to emphasize the global scope of the movie.
9Born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, but at age 16, she moved to Sydney, Australia.
10Her role as Sasha Forbes on Headland (2005) is the first time she has played a character with her native Australian accent.
11Briefly attended the University of Sydney before deferring her studies to appear on the soap opera Headland (2005).




McLeod's Daughters2005TV SeriesNatalie Louise Brown
Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure2005TV MovieCatherine Oxenberg
The Mystery of Natalie Wood2004TV MovieMaryann Marinkovich
Finding Steve McQueen2017post-productionMolly Murphy
The Defenders2017TV Series filmingTrish Walker
Gold2016/IRachel Hill
Luke Cage2016TV SeriesTrish Walker
Wig Shop2016ShortLili
Jessica Jones2015TV SeriesTrish Walker
The Loft2014Anne Morris
Crisis2014TV SeriesAgent Susie Dunn
666 Park Avenue2012-2013TV SeriesJane Van Veen / Jane Martin
Any Questions for Ben?2012Alex
The Darkest Hour2011Anne
Charlie's Angels2011TV SeriesAbby Sampson
Grey's Anatomy2011TV SeriesDr. Lucy Fields
Red Dog2011Nancy
Summer Coda2010Heidi
Providence Park2010ShortBicycle Girl
Ghost Machine2009Jess
Cedar Boys2009Amie
Washingtonienne2009TV MovieJackie
Deception2008/IWoman in Hallway
Bottle Shock2008Sam Fulton
Transformers2007Maggie Madsen
See No Evil2006Zoe
Headland2005-2006TV SeriesSasha Forbes
Hercules2005TV Mini-SeriesWoman / Sphinx
Man-Thing2005Teri Elizabeth Richards


The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2014TV SeriesHerself
Today2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Chew2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
9th Annual Style Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
I Will Survive2012TV SeriesHerself - Judge
The Darkest Hour: Visualizing an Invasion2012Video shortHerself
Samsung AACTA Awards2012TV SpecialHerself - Host & Presenter
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
The Making of 'Ghost Machine'2009Video documentary shortHerself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007-2008TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHerself
Our World2007Video documentaryHerself
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Making of 'See No Evil'2006Video shortHerself
Telethon2005TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

WWE Smackdown!2006TV SeriesHerself
WWE vs. ECW: Head to Head2006TV SpecialHerself


Nominated Awards

2011IF AwardIF AwardsBest ActressRed Dog (2011)
2006LogieLogie AwardsMost Popular New Female TalentHeadland (2005)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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