Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980 in Augusta, Maine) is an American actress and model known for starring in movies such as Dumb and Dumberer, The Amityville Horror (2005), G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Star Trek (2009), Conan the Barbarian (2011) and TV's Alias and Continuum.
She attended Columbia University. Nichols studied economics and psychology, as well as drama, graduating from Columbia in 2003 with a double major in math and economics.
During that time, she began modeling, launching a successful career with work for such high-profile companies as Guess?, Abercrombie & Fitch and L'Oreal.
Tropes that appear frequently in her works
- Action Girl: Many of her roles are considerably badass females.
- Ms. Fanservice: Many of her roles qualify, but the white dress she wore for the majority of P2 takes the cake.
- Nerds Are Sexy: Her characters are often as smart and sexy as Rachel herself.
- Spy Catsuit: In G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Continuum.
- Statuesque Stunner: At 5'10 she definitely qualifies as statuesque, and one just has to look at her picture to confirm the stunner part. Most of her roles make no attempt to hide the fact that she towers over many of her costars.
- Dyeing for Your Art: She's a natural blonde but she dyed her hair red in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and Star Trek (2009), and brunette in Continuum. She also dyed her skin green for Star Trek.
- Sex and the City (2002) as Alexa
- The Inside (2005) as Special Agent Rebecca Locke
- Alias (2005-2006) as Rachel Gibson
- Criminal Minds (2010-2011) as Special Agent Ashley Seaver
- Continuum (2012-2015) as Kiera Cameron
- Witches of East End (2014) as Isis
- Rush (2014) as Corrine Rush
- Chicago Fire (2015) as Jamie Killian
- The Librarians (2017-2018) as Nicole Noone
- Titans (2018-2019) as Angela Azarath
- Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003) as Jessica Matthews
- The Amityville Horror (2005) as Lisa
- The Woods (2006) as Samantha Wise
- P2 (2007) as Angela Bridges
- Charlie Wilson's War (2007) as Suzanne
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008) as Julia Beckwith
- Star Trek (2009) as Galia
- G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) as Shana "Scarlett" O'Hara
- Conan the Barbarian (2011) as Tamara
- Alex Cross (2012) as Monica Ashe