Rachael is widely remembered for her award winning role opposite Hugh Jackman as Belle in Beauty and the Beast, which won an ARIA Award for the Best Soundtrack/Cast/Show Release in 1996.
Over recent years, Rachael has also worked consistently in Australia’s most popular theatre productions, including, Cabaret, Singing in the Rain (which earned her a prestigious MO Award nomination), and The Sound of Music. Prior to that, Rachael performed in myriad productions including Call Me Madam and Big Hair in America.
Rachael's other stage credits include her Green Award nominated performance as 'Fantine' in Les Miserables, 'Rumpleteaser' in Cats, Secret Bridesmaid's Business and Me and My Girl. She has also appeared with in A Little Night Music and Henry IV.
An impressive list of television credits include Stingers, Mercury, The Feds, This Man This Woman, GP, Flying Doctors, and her popular role as 'Sam' in Hey Dad over three years. She has also appeared in the film Ocean Boulevard.
Rachael worked with Todd McKenney and Tommy Tycho in 2005 in a series of concerts entitled Broadway to Hollywood with Symphony Orchestras around Australia. She also starred as Peg Hartigan in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Summer Rain.
In 2006, Rachael performed alongside her husband Ian Stenlake in the Pajama Game a bright and fast paced Broadway classic, and featured as one of the stars in the prestigious Show Stoppers series of concerts at the Sydney Opera House.
2007 – 08 saw Rachael starring in the first and second series of Channel 7’s top rating TV series – “It Takes Two”