Rachael Stirling plays Mary Harborough in ITV's Wild Bill – but what other TV shows has she starred in?

RACHAEL Stirling is not just the daughter of a Bond girl but also an acclaimed theatre director and the star of many TV shows and stage productions.

Her latest role sees her star alongside Rob Lowe in ITV's Wild Bill. Here's  all you need to know about her career so far…

Who is Rachael Stirling?

Rachael was born on May 30, 1977, in London – making her 42 years old.

She's the daughter of Bond Girl Dame Diana Rigg and theatre producer Archibald Stirling – the Laird of the Keir Estate in Stirling, Scotland.

The actress attended Wycombe Abbey School, then went on to earn a BA in art history from Edinburgh University as well as perform with the Edinburgh University Theatre Company.

Rachael is married to musician and Elbow frontman Guy Garvey with whom she shares son Jack, who was born in April 2017.

What role does Rachael play in Wild Bill?

Wild Bill kicks off TODAY (Wednesday, June 12).

Rachael stars as Mary Harborough QC – the local barrister and judge.

And she's one posh cookie as she's also part of an aristocratic family in Lincolnshire.

ITV has described the character as: "Beautiful, rebellious, and a fellow misfit, Bill will fall hard for Mary, and it will terrify him.

"She’s posh and flippant on the surface, but darker than you’d expect underneath. She’s captivating and has the wit to reduce men with a line.

"Someone who would make an impact anywhere in the world, it’s something of a mystery that she seems to have contented herself with Boston.”

What time is Wild Bill on ITV?

Wild Bill begins TODAY (Wednesday June 12) on ITV.

You can catch the new series at 9pm with the series running for six episodes each lasting an hour.

And don't fret if you miss it, you can catch up on ITV player.

What has she starred in?

Rachael had her breakthrough stage performance in 1996 in the National Youth Theatre's revival of Othello.

And over the years she's performed in many theatre productions in iconic roles such as Katharina in Taming of The Shrew and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Her performances in The Priory and An Ideal Husband in 2009 and 2010 respectively earned her nominations for the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award.

She's appeared in a collection of films over the years including Maybe Baby, The Triumph of Love and  Snow White and the Huntsman opposite Oscar winner Charlize Theron.


What else has she been in?

Rachael starred as Nancy Astley in BBC drama Tipping The Velvet and has also appeared in Lewis and Doctor Who.

She represented her Alma Mater Edinburgh University in a special, one-off celeb episode of University Challenge at Christmas in December 2016.

The talented actress counts speaking Russian and being an experienced horse rider among her list of accolades.

She played Becky in TV series Dectectorists, but is mostly recognisable from The Bletchley Circle

The Bletchley Circle San Francisco spin-off aired in July 2018 and Rachael reprised her role of Millie Harcourt alongside Julie Graham's Jean McBride, and Crystal Balint as Iris Bearden.

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