Happy birthday Rachel Luttrell, born January 19, 1971.
Rachel Zawadi Luttrell is a Tanzanian-Canadian actress best known for her role as Teyla Emmagan, an Athosian warrior leader on Stargate Atlantis.
Luttrell made her professional débuts in Canada’s premier production of Miss Saigon in Toronto, and the Canadian production of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. She would go on to appear in many other stage productions, such as Once On This Island, Goblin Market, and the premier performance of Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Lynn Nottage’s Las Meninas.
Following a move to Los Angeles, Luttrell would go on to appear in many guest star roles on television series.
Frustrated with some of the roles being offered to her at the time, she was considering giving up on her acting career and enrolling at UCLA to study architecture. She ventured to the UK instead and studied at the British American Drama Association on a midsummer course at Balliol College, Oxford. Shortly after her return to Los Angeles, Luttrell was cast as Teyla Emmagan on Stargate Atlantis.
She also appeared in the Canadian movie, A Dog’s Breakfast which was directed by her fellow Stargate Atlantis co-star David Hewlett.
In 2011 Luttrell released her debut Jazz album “I Wish You Love”, which was produced by Austrian record producer Gerrit Kinkel and features Jazz greats like Jeff Hamilton, Jennifer Leitham, Graham Dechter and Konrad Paszkudzki.
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