Rachelle Lefevre

Active - 1999 - 2017  |   Born - Feb 1, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada  |   Genres - Comedy, Thriller, Fantasy, Drama, Western

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Biography by Cammila Collar

When fiery-haired Canadian actress Rachelle Lefevre discovered her love of acting, she made a point of learning about her chosen craft. She studied at McGill University, as well as at Dawson College, both near her family home in Quebec, Canada, and additionally traveled to Walnut Hill School in Massachusetts to study theater. Eventually, while working at a sushi restaurant in Montreal, Lefevre got a tip about an upcoming audition for a television series, eventually leading to a number of roles on Canadian TV. The actress traveled south to appear in Hollywood films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and on TV series like Charmed, Boston Legal, and Life on Mars. It wouldn't be until 2008, however, that she experienced a major jolt of fame, as she took on the role of the gorgeous and malicious vampire Victoria in the highly anticipated film adaptation of the young adult novel Twilight. Television roles in Off the Map and A Gifted Man followed.

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  • When Lefevre was working at a Montreal sushi restaurant as a teen, a regular customer heard about her acting aspirations and put her in touch with a casting director. This eventually led to a role on the Canadian sitcom Big Wolf on Campus.
  • Father's family is French, though Lefevre grew up speaking mostly English; she eventually moved to Los Angeles in 2004 due to a lack of English-speaking parts in Montreal.
  • Appeared on several episodes of David E. Kelley's Boston Legal, which led to a lead role in his 2008 U.S. adaptation of BBC hit Life on Mars.
  • Landed her biggest film role to date in Catherine Hardwicke's adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, the first in a series of popular teen novels about vampires.