Rachael Stirling is an English stage, film and television actress. She has been nominated twice for the Laurence Olivier Award for her stage work in The Priory at the Royal Court Theatre in 2009; and An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre in 2011.
Rachael Stirling most recently appeared as Lady Susan Climber in Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2022.
She played Nancy Astley in the BBC drama Tipping the Velvet, and Millie in the ITV series The Bletchley Circle. She has also guest starred in Lewis and one episode of Doctor Who, co-starring with her mother the late Dame Diana Rigg.
Rachael’s many theatre credits include Helena in Peter Hall’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Rose Theatre, Kingston); Sylvia in The Recruiting Officer (Donmar Warehouse); Helena in Peter Gill’s revival of Look Back in Anger (Theatre Royal, Bath); Yelena in David Mamet’s version of Uncle Vanya (Wilton’s Music Hall); Katharina in The Taming of The Shrew; and, Lionheart’s daughter in the National Theatre stage version of Theatre of Blood. She has also appeared in Dusty Hughes’ Helpless (Donmar Warehouse, 2000); A Woman of No Importance (Theatre Royal Haymarket); Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre); and Tamburlaine (Bristol Old Vic and Barbican).
Other film and tv roles include ITV drama Hollington Drive, Mike Bartlett’s BBC drama Life also starring Amanda Steadman, ITV drama Wild Bill, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Chuchill’s Secrets and Detectorists.