Rachel Anne McAdams, actor (born at London, Ont). Rachel McAdams is known internationally for her roles in Hollywood-based feature films. Raised in St Thomas, Ont, McAdams was a competitive figure skater in her childhood and as a teenager became interested in acting. She attended York University in Toronto and received an honours BFA degree with a major in theatre in 2001.

Rachel McAdams's acting career began on the small screen. After performing in a TV pilot that was not picked up for network television (Shotgun Love Dolls, 2001), she was hired for a guest appearance in The Famous Jett Jackson (2001) and then in Earth: Final Conflict (2002), but is most recognizable to Canadian television audiences for a major role in the inaugural season of the series Slings and Arrows. Her first full-length movie was an Italian production, My Name is Tanino, in 2002.

The first role to generate real public attention for McAdams was that of Regina George in Mean Girls (2004), a Hollywood comedy in which she starred, opposite Lindsey Lohan, as a sadistic but endearing high school social queen. Rachel McAdams's next onscreen character, a dramatic departure from Regina George, was Allie Hamilton in the romance The Notebook (2004), opposite Ryan Gosling.

Rachel McAdams has starred in comedies and dramas, most often as a romantic lead or love interest. She has won respect for the quality of her work and has gone on from her "breakthrough" roles to perform in films with some of the most popular actors in the world, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton in The Family Stone (2005). She appeared as the famous detective's wily love interest Irene Adler in Sherlock Holmes (2009), played by Robert Downey Jr., and became The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel. She co-starred with Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton in Morning Glory (2010) and played opposite Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011). She reprised her Irene Adler role in the Sherlock Holmes sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011).

Rachel McAdams won a Gemini Award in 2004 for her performance as Kate McNab in Slings and Arrows.