Raquel Cassidy

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Raquel Cassidy
Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy

(1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 53)
Fleet, Hampshire, England
Education Farnborough Hill
Girton College, Cambridge
Occupation Actress
Years active1997–present

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 .

Early life and education

Born to a Spanish mother and an English father, she was the third child and only daughter born to the couple. [1] Born and brought up in Fleet, Hampshire, [2] she was educated at Farnborough Hill Convent, [3] [4] and then Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied modern languages and then biological anthropology.[ citation needed ] She later[ when? ] pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it to pursue a career in acting. [5]


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 .


2002Do I Love YouRomy
2002 Before You Go Felicia
2005 Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007The Boat PeopleAlice
2007 Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
2008 Nightwalking MarthaShort film
2013Das Andere KindValerie Almond
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Christina Vakrinos
2019 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2019 Official Secrets Anne Emmerson

Selected television

1998 Killer Net WPC Pamela Boxer
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves1 episode ("Lola")
2001Table 12Yolanda
2001–2002 Teachers Susan GatelyMain role
2003 Red Cap Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland
2003 Holby City Julie Redding1 episode
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie TurnerSeries 1
2005 According to Bex Chris
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Mel Davies
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Maureen SummerhayesEpisode: "Mrs McGinty's Dead"
2008–2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy Weeks
2009 New Tricks Susanna Morton1 episode ("The Truth Is Out There")
2011 DCI Banks Dr Elizabeth Waring1 episode ("Friend Of The Devil")
2011 Land Girls Diana GranvilleSeason 2
2011 Doctor Who Foreman Miranda Cleaves2 episodes ("The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People")
2012 Hustle Dana DevilleEpisode 4, series 8
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuetteville
2013 Heading Out Sabine
2013 A Touch of Cloth Clare Hawkchurch
2013–2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2014 Jonathan Creek SharonEpisode 1, series 5
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards
2017– The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom52 episodes
2017 Silent Witness Dr Eva VasquezEpisode 9–10, series 20
2017 W1A Tasmin HowardEpisode 5, series 3
2018StrangersRachel Hargreaves5 episodes, series 1

Selected radio

2008Spending My InheritanceJo
2015 Ed Reardon's Week Suzan


1997 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Court Theatre
1998 Othello Desdemona National tour
ThreesomeRuth Old Red Lion Theatre
2002 Possible Worlds Joyce Tron Theatre
2004 MacBeth Lady MacBeth [4] International tour
2005 Anna Karenina Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Royal Lyceum Theatre
2006 Mirandolina Mirandolina [4] Royal Exchange Theatre
2019ShipwreckJools/Donald J. Trump's Secretary [6] [7] Almeida Theatre

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