Rachel Skarsten was born in Toronto to parents Dr. Stan Skarsten and Mary Self Skarsten.
Growing up, she danced ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance, as well as playing high-level ice hockey as a goaltender.
Skarsten attended the prestigious Claude Watson School for the Arts from grades four through 12, majoring in visual arts and the cello. At 14, she was discovered by an agent after appearing on a local television program. At 16, she won her first major role playing the superhero Black Canary and Dinah Lance on The WB series Birds of Prey.
When that show was canceled, Skarsten returned to Canada and earned a double degree in English literature and classical history with honors from Queens University. After graduation, Skarsten began acting again with recurring roles on HBO’s Transporter: The Series, The Flashpoint, The L.A. Complex, and The CW’s Beauty and the Beast.
She also appeared in The Vow alongside Rachel McAdams.
Skarsten recently wrapped Lost Girl where she played Tamsin in its fifth and final season.
Theatrically, you can catch her in the big screen international blockbuster hit Fifty Shades of Grey. She also joined the cast of The CW’s hit Reign, playing Queen Elizabeth I.