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Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy
22 January 1968
|Education|| Farnborough Hill |
Girton College, Cambridge
Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy[ citation needed ] (born 22 January 1968)[ citation needed ] is an English actress. She played the role of Phyllis Baxter in the last three seasons of the television series Downton Abbey (2013–2015), winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and the 2019 feature film sequel of the same name.
She has played leading roles in the casts of the television series Teachers , Party Animals , Moving Wallpaper , Lead Balloon and The Worst Witch .
Born to a Spanish mother and an English father, she was the third child and only daughter born to the couple. [ citation needed ] She later[ when? ] pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it to pursue a career in acting.Born and brought up in Fleet, Hampshire, she was educated at Farnborough Hill Convent, and then Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied modern languages and then biological anthropology.
In an early role, Cassidy played Lola Chaves in an episode of The Bill , speaking predominantly in Spanish. In 2001 she took the role of Susan Gately in Teachers , returning for the second series in 2002. She has also played the Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter in Party Animals , Cassie Turner in The Worst Week of My Life , Nancy Weeks in Moving Wallpaper and Mel in Lead Balloon .
In 2013 Cassidy joined the cast of Downton Abbey , playing the role of rehabilitated thief and ladies maid Phyllis Baxter for the show's final three series. In 2015 the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She reprised the role for the show's 2019 feature film sequel, also called Downton Abbey .
She has subsequently played the role of Miss Hardbroom in four series of the 2017 television revival of The Worst Witch .
|2002||Do I Love You||Romy|
|2002||Before You Go||Felicia|
|2007||The Boat People||Alice|
|2007||Tick Tock Lullaby||Maya|
|2013||Das Andere Kind||Valerie Almond|
|2019||Cliffs of Freedom||Christina Vakrinos|
|2019||Downton Abbey||Phyllis Baxter|
|2019||Official Secrets||Anne Emmerson|
|1998||Killer Net||WPC Pamela Boxer|
|1999||The Bill||Lola Chaves||1 episode ("Lola")|
|2001–2002||Teachers||Susan Gately||Main role|
|2003||Red Cap||Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland|
|2003||Holby City||Julie Redding||1 episode|
|2004||The Worst Week of My Life||Cassie Turner||Series 1|
|2005||According to Bex||Chris|
|2006–2011||Lead Balloon||Mel Davies|
|2007||Party Animals||Jo Porter|
|2008||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Maureen Summerhayes||Episode: "Mrs McGinty's Dead"|
|2008–2009||Moving Wallpaper||Nancy Weeks|
|2009||New Tricks||Susanna Morton||1 episode ("The Truth Is Out There")|
|2011||DCI Banks||Dr Elizabeth Waring||1 episode ("Friend Of The Devil")|
|2011||Land Girls||Diana Granville||Season 2|
|2011||Doctor Who||Foreman Miranda Cleaves||2 episodes ("The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People")|
|2012||Hustle||Dana Deville||Episode 4, series 8|
|2012||Midsomer Murders||Diana DeQuetteville|
|2013||A Touch of Cloth||Clare Hawkchurch|
|2013–2015||Downton Abbey||Phyllis Baxter|
|2014||Jonathan Creek||Sharon||Episode 1, series 5|
|2017–||The Worst Witch||Miss Hardbroom||52 episodes|
|2017||Silent Witness||Dr Eva Vasquez||Episode 9–10, series 20|
|2017||W1A||Tasmin Howard||Episode 5, series 3|
|2018||Strangers||Rachel Hargreaves||5 episodes, series 1|
|2008||Spending My Inheritance||Jo|
|2015||Ed Reardon's Week||Suzan|
|1997||Twelfth Night||Viola||Royal Court Theatre|
|Threesome||Ruth||Old Red Lion Theatre|
|2002||Possible Worlds||Joyce||Tron Theatre|
|2004||MacBeth||Lady MacBeth||International tour|
|2005||Anna Karenina||Anna Arkadyevna Karenina||Royal Lyceum Theatre|
|2006||Mirandolina||Mirandolina||Royal Exchange Theatre|
|2019||Shipwreck||Jools/Donald J. Trump's Secretary||Almeida Theatre|
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