7 March 1984
Rachel Rice (born 7 March 1984), is a Welsh television personality, model, actress and teacher. She is known for winning the ninth series of the Channel 4 (now Channel 5) reality series Big Brother. She has a degree in English and Drama, and is now a teacher at Abersychan School.
Early life and career
Born in Pontypool, Rice worked as a television and film actress. She took part in numerous global television commercials – including the Sony Handicam's 'Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden' in 1991. One of her most notable roles was an appearance alongside Hugh Grant in the 1993 Gothic horror Night Train to Venice when she was eight. She later worked as a model and trained as a teacher. She is currently teaching full-time.
Rice entered the Big Brother house on 5 June 2008. During her stay in the house, Rice survived two eviction votes, the first in Week 8, where nine others faced eviction as a punishment for breaking rules, and the second in Week 10, where she survived over Stuart Pilkington. She was announced as the winner of her series on 5 September 2008.
On 4 January 2009, Rice appeared on The Sunday Night Project taking part in the Coat of Cash feature.
Rice was second runner up in the 2003 Miss Wales contest, which was won by Imogen Thomas; who coincidentally appeared in series seven of Big Brother. She has gone on to represent both South and North Wales in Miss Great Britain. In 2004, she won the Wales On Sunday newspaper's Welsh Idol. Rice was also a finalist in the 2005 More magazine's Most fanciable girl in the UK beauty contest.
|1993||Night Train to Venice||Pia|
|1994||The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes||Marina Savage|
|1996||The Prince and the Pauper||Prissy|
|2001||Happy Now||Second Contestant|
|2007||The History of Mr Polly||Christabel's Friend|
|2009||The Sunday Night Project||Guest|
|2012||Missed Connections||Hottie 1||Film|
|2013||Big Brother's Bit on the Side||Herself||1 episode; panelist|
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- "Miss more 2005 finalists".