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Danneel Ackles (born Elta Danneel Graul on March 18th, 1979 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is an American actress, model, and producer best known for her role as Rachel Gatina in One Tree Hill. She got her start as an actress when she played Shannon McBain on One Life to Live.

She was initially credited by her stage name, Danneel Harris before changing it after getting married. Starting with Friends with Benefits, she was credited as Danneel Ackles.

She resided in Austin, Texas with husband Jensen Ackles (whom she married in 2010) and their three children: Justice Jay "JJ" (born May 30th, 2013) and twins Arrow Rhodes and Zeppelin Bram (born December 2nd, 2016). They co-own a brewery with her family, Family Business Beer Company. In 2023, Danneel and Jensen relocated to Connecticut.

The Ackles' have also formed a production company, Chaos Machine Productions - they executive produced a Supernatural prequel, The Winchesters.

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Tropes Associated with Danneel and her roles:

  • Dye Hard: Natural brunette but has dyed her hair red for years and is now known as a redhead.
  • Fiery Redhead: Naturally brunette but has dyed her hair red for much of her career, most notably for One Tree Hill.
  • Middle Name Basis: Born Elta Danneel, she's always gone by her middle name.
  • Stage Names: Prior to marrying Jensen, she went by Danneel Harris professionally.