Rachel McAdams Career Milestones
Born: Rachel Anne McAdams
Birth Date: November 17, 1978
Birth Place: London, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5′ 4″ (1,63 m)
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp; she went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University. After her debut in an episode of Disney’s The Famous Jett Jackson (1998), she co-starred in the Canadian TV series Slings and Arrows (2003), a comedy-drama about the trials and travails of a Shakespearean theater group, and won a Gemini award for her performance in 2003.
Her breakout role as Regina George in the hit comedy Kötü kizlar (2004) instantly catapulted her onto the short list of Hollywood’s hottest young actresses. She followed that film with a star turn opposite Ryan Gosling in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller Not Defteri (2004), which was a surprise box office success and became the predominant romantic drama for a new, young generation of moviegoers. After filming, McAdams and Gosling became romantically involved and dated through mid-2007. McAdams next showcased her versatility onscreen with the manic comedy Davetsiz çapkinlar (2005), the thriller Gece uçusu (2005), and the holiday drama Aile baglari (2005).
Rachel McAdams then explored the independent film world with Married Life (2007), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also starred Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Starring roles in the military drama The Lucky Ones (2008), the newspaper thriller Devlet oyunlari (2009), and the romance Zaman yolcusunun karisi (2009) followed before she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie’s international blockbuster Sherlock Holmes (2009).
McAdams played the plucky producer of a failing morning TV show in Sabah Nesesi (2010), the materialistic fiancée of Owen Wilson in Woody Allen’s Paris’te Gece Yarisi (2011), and returned to romantic drama territory with the hit film Ask Yemini (2012) opposite Channing Tatum. The actress also stars with Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick’s Askin Izleri (2012) and alongside Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma’s thriller Öldüren Tutku (2012).
In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest’s “Supporting Actress of the Year” Award as well as the “Breakthrough Actress of the Year” at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest’s “Female Star of the Year.” As of 2011, she has been romantically linked with her Paris’te Gece Yarisi (2011) co-star Michael Sheen.