Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981), known as Meghan Markle, is an American actress and humanitarian. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Since 2011, she has portrayed Rachel Zane on the legal drama series Suits and is also known for her work as FBI special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller Fringe.
In 2016, Markle was appointed a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and was a United Nations Women‘s advocate for political participation and leadership.
Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Markle is of mixed race, and self-identifies as such: “My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American … I have come to embrace [it, and] to say who I am, to share where I’m from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman.” Her father is of Dutch and Irish descent. Her mother, Doria Radlan, has a master’s degreein social work and works as a therapist and yoga instructor. Her father is Emmy Award–winner Thomas W. Markle, whose profession as a lighting director resulted in his daughter spending many years as a child visiting the set of Married… with Children.
From age five, Markle was educated at private schools; first at Hollywood Little Red Schoolhouse, and from the age of twelve at the private Immaculate Heart High School, an all-girls, independent Catholic school in Los Angeles. In 2003, Markle graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, outside of Chicago, where she started out taking theater studies before completing a double major in theater and international studies, pursuing an internship at the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires as part of her studies.
To support herself between early acting jobs, Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher and took on several contract acting and modelling jobs including a stint as a ‘briefcase girl’ on Deal or No Deal. In 2002, Markle appeared in an episode of the daytime soap opera, General Hospital.
She appeared in Fox‘s series Fringe as Junior Agent Amy Jessup in the first two episodes of its second season. Since July 2011 she has played the paralegal Rachel Zane, on the USA Network show Suits.
Markle appeared in two 2010 films, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me and one 2011 film, Horrible Bosses. She appeared in the short film The Candidate (seen on the KQED public television show ImageMakers: the Company of Men) as a secretary in 2012.
Markle is the founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle site The Tig. Markle announced she was ending the website in April 2017. In November 2016, Markle and Canadian clothing company Reitmans released a line of reasonably priced women’s fashion workwear.
In 2016 Markle became a Global Ambassador for World Vision Canada, traveling to Rwanda for the Clean Water Campaign. She has also worked with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women as an Advocate.
Markle was a Counselor for international charity One Young World, speaking at the 2014 annual summit in Dublin on the topics of gender equality and modern-day slavery. She also attended the 2016 summit in Ottawa.
Markle is a self-proclaimed foodie, which was incorporated into her Suits character Rachel Zane. Markle is close friends with Serena Williams, Jessica Mulroney, and Ben Mulroney of E! News.