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  • Rachel Zawadi Luttrell - Teyla Emmagan

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    Rachel Zawadi Luttrell was born 19th January 1971 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the daughter of Veronica Makihio Shenkunde Luttrell of the Washambala tribe of the Usambara Mountains, and Dr William Leon Luttrell from Bossier City, Louisiana. She is one of four daughters. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was five years old, and she was raised in Toronto. Her family has several musical roots, her father, a former member of the critically acclaimed Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, trained Luttrell's soprano voice. She studied ballet at the Russian Academy of Classical Ballet School and studied piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

    Luttrell made her professional débuts in Canada's premier production of Miss Saigon in Toronto, and as The Enchantress in the Canadian production of Disney's Beauty and The Beast. She would go on to appear in many other stage productions, such as Once on This IslandGoblin Market and the premiere performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas.

    Following a move to Los Angeles, Luttrell would go on to appear in many guest star roles on television series. Frustrated with some of the roles being offered to her at the time, she was considering giving up on her acting career and enrolling at UCLA to study architecture. She ventured to the UK instead and studied at the British American Drama Association on a midsummer course at Balliol College, Oxford. Shortly after her return to Los Angeles, Luttrell was cast in her most high-profile role to date, as Teyla Emmagan on Stargate Atlantis.

    She also appeared in the Canadian movie A Dog's Breakfast, which was directed by her Stargate Atlantis co-star David Hewlett.

    In 2011 Luttrell released her debut jazz album I Wish You Love, which was produced by Austrian record producer Gerrit Kinkel and features Jeff Hamilton, Jennifer Leitham, Graham Dechter, and Konrad Paszkudzki.

    Luttrell is married to Loyd Bateman; they have two children together. Luttrell has two younger sisters, Erica Luttrell, who is also an actress, and Amanda Luttrell Garrigus, who is an on-air personality for fashion and entertainment. Luttrell is sometimes credited as Rachel Z. Luttrell.

    Film Career:

    • 1986  Courage
    • 1992  Personal Effects
    • 1995  House
    • 1996  Joe's So Mean to Josephine
    • 2001  Feast of All Saints
    • 2001  Impostor
    • 2003  Everyday Use
    • 2004  Stop Thief!
    • 2005  The Aviary
    • 2007  A Dog's Breakfast
    • 2009  Hardwired

    Television Career:

    • 1989-1993   Street Legal
    • 1992  Forever Knight
    • 1993  Maniac Mansion
    • 1995  The Great Defender
    • 1997  Dogs
    • 1997  In the House
    • 1998  Damon
    • 1998  Sleepwalkers
    • 2001  Charmed
    • 2001  ER
    • 2002  Touched by an Angel
    • 2004-2009   Stargate Atlantis
    • 2011  True Justice
    • 2011  NCIS
    • 2013  NCIS: Los Angeles
    • 2015  No Sleep Till 18
    • 2016  Arrow
    • 2018  Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
    • 2019  The I-Land


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