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      Raquel Cassidy

      Raquel Cassidy

      Highest Rated: 87% Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022)

      Lowest Rated: 80% Festival (2005)

      Birthday: Jan 22, 1968

      Birthplace: Fleet, Hampshire, England, UK

      Mix a cup of Melanie Lynskey earthiness with a dash of Mary-Louise Parker allure, and you start to get a mental image of English actress Raquel Cassidy. The youngest of three children born to a Spanish mother and an Irish-Mancunian journalist in Fleet, Hampshire, U.K., Cassidy learned the power of fantasy early on while pretending to be a princess while her two older brothers roughhoused. Fortunately for Cassidy, her teachers at Farnborough Hill Convent recognized this talent, encouraging her to see creative outlet on the stage. By that point there was no turning back, and later, while continuing her studies at Girton College in Cambridge, Cassidy's growing passion for the stage began to take precedence over her studies. That passion would pay off when the rising actress landed the role of Viola in a 1997 Royal Court Theater production of "Twelfth Night," and the following year Cassidy made the jump to television with a role as a cop in the Channel Four mini-series "Killer Net" (1998). The years that followed found Cassidy increasingly busy as she continued to alternate between the stage and the small screen. Then, in 2001, her memorable turn as hard-working, hard-drinking educator Susan Gately on "Teachers" (Channel 4, 2001-2004) nudged her to the head of the class among fans. By the time Cassidy retired from "Teachers" to appear in The Tron Theatre's 2002 production of John Mighton's "Possible Worlds," her penchant for disappearing into her characters was becoming her calling card. A smattering of appearances in such independent films as "Before You Go" (2002), "Festival" (2005), and "The Boat People" (2007) displayed a notable lean toward roles that valued substance over style. Following her turn as ambitious Labour minister Jo Porter in "Party Animals" (BBC, 2007- ), Cassidy once again turned heads as Mel in the BBC comedy "Lead Balloon" (BBC, 2006-2011). In 2013, Cassidy joined the cast of the BBC's immensely popular period drama "Downton Abbey" (2010-16) in the middle of the show's eventful fourth season. Cast as Lady Cora's maid Phyllis Baxter, whose position in the household was secured by scheming under-butler Thomas Barrow, Cassidy found her character navigating a complex plot marked by blackmail and clandestine affairs. The following year Cassidy made waves by hinting to the Daily Mirror that "Downton Abbey" may be headed to the big screen, and confessing that appearing opposite Maggie Smith on the series was as daunting a task as she'd ever faced as an actress.

      Highest rated movies

      Downton Abbey: A New Era Downton Abbey


      Raquel Cassidy CLIFFS OF FREEDOM, RAQUEL CASSIDY, 2019. © ROUND HILL MEDIA Doctor Who, Raquel Cassidy (L), Leon Vickers (R), 'Season 6', 04/23/2011, ©BBCAMERICA Doctor Who, Raquel Cassidy (L), Leon Vickers (R), 'Day of the Moon', Season 6, Ep. #2, 04/30/2011, ©BBCAMERICA



      87% 97% Downton Abbey: A New Era Phyllis Baxter (Character) $43.3M 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ferryman Mum (Character) - 2021
      84% 94% Downton Abbey Miss Baxter (Character) $96.8M 2019
      No Score Yet 66% Cliffs of Freedom Christina Vakrinos (Character) $71.6K 2019
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      No Score Yet No Score Yet To Leech Mary (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Poirot: Mrs. McGinty's Dead Maureen Summerhayes (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Boat People Alice (Character) - 2007
      80% 54% Festival Petra Loewenberg (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 18% Do I Love You? Romy (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thin Ice DS Beckett (Character) - 2000


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      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dengineers Self 2021
      No Score Yet 81% The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom (Character) 2017-2020
      53% No Score Yet White Dragon Rachel Hargreaves (Character) 2018
      No Score Yet 93% Uncle Teresa (Character) 2017
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      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jonathan Creek Sharon (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lead Balloon Unknown (Character) 2006-2008 2011
      90% 65% Doctor Who Cleaves (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Teachers Susan Gately (Character) 2001-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hearts and Bones Mary Jones (Character) 2000