Rachel Miner wanted to be an actress from age two. She began working with an acting coach at eight, got an agent at nine, and by ten had not only worked for Woody Allen, but was cast as Michelle Bauer on “Guiding Light” (a part that started as recurring and evolved into a contract role lasting nearly five years (1990-1995) and earning her three Young Artist Awards and an Emmy nomination).
Born into a show business family, Rachel represents the third generation of Miners to take to the theatre, film and television. Her father, Peter Miner, is an Emmy-winning director and noted New York acting teacher (at T. Schreiber Studio), directing teacher (at Columbia University) and acting coach. Her mother, Diane, a writer and off-Broadway director, teaches and coaches acting with her husband.
Rachel has played roles ranging from addicts, prostitutes, murderers and murder victims to innocent brides or understanding veterinary techs in dozens of films and television series, including a recurring role as an ambitious, amoral secretary in Showtime’s “Californication”.
In addition to her film and television work, Rachel has several noteworthy theatrical credits. At fourteen, she appeared in Laura Cahill’s “The Way” at Naked Angels . She made her Broadway debut at seventeen, playing Margo Frank to Natalie Portman’s Anne in Wendy Kessellan’s adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank”. She originated the role of Rivkele in Sholom Asch’s “God of Vengeance”, directed at ACT (A Contemporary Theatre) in Seattle. She also originated the role of Sandy in “Blue Surge” at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago and reprised in 2002 at The Public Theatre in New York.
We adore her for her wicked portrayal of kick-ass demon Meg in “Supernatural”, before she had to leave the role due to her Multiple Sclerosis, for which she has become an advocate, as well as working solidly with Misha Collins’ charity, Random Acts.