Raquel Cassidy

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Raquel Cassidy
Education Farnborough Hill
Alma mater Girton College, Cambridge
Occupation Actress
Years active1997–present

Raquel Cassidy is an English actress. She played the role of Phyllis Baxter in the television series Downton Abbey (2013–2015), winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She has reprised the role for both the 2019 feature film of the same name and its 2022 sequel.


She has played leading roles in other television series including Teachers , Party Animals , Moving Wallpaper , Lead Balloon , The Worst Witch and The Good Karma Hospital .

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. She later[ when? ] pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but 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. [6] In 2001 she took the role of Susan Gately in Teachers , returning for the second series in 2002. [7] 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 . [7] [8]

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. [7] In 2015 the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. [9] She reprised the role for the show's 2019 feature film, also called Downton Abbey and its 2022 sequel. [7] [10]

She has subsequently played the role of Miss Hardbroom in four series of the 2017 television revival of The Worst Witch . [11] In 2022, she is appearing in series 4 of The Good Karma Hospital as Frankie Martin. [12]



1999PerdieMiss JenningsShort
2000 Thin Ice DS BeckettTV film
2002 Shooters Tess
Do I Love YouRomy
Before You Go Felicia
2004Out of TimeAliceShort
2005Blake's Junction 7JennaShort
Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007The Boat PeopleAlice
Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
Britz JoyTV film
2008 Nightwalking MarthaShort
2010 On Expenses House of Commons CounselTV film
An Act of LoveCatherineShort
2012Routine VaccinationNurseShort
2013WisdomEmily EximoShort
To LeechMaryShort
2014The Ballad of Langley LaneMotherShort
2016The Twisted Death of a Lonely MadmmanMystic-57Voice role
Two Is a Family Maitresse Gloria
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Christina Vakrinos
Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
Official Secrets Anne Emmerson
2022 Downton Abbey: A New Era Phyllis Baxter


1998 Killer Net P.C. Pam Boxer2 episodes
1999 The Bill Lola ChavesEpisode: "Lola"
Peak Practice Cheryl ParkerEpisode: "Hearts and Minds"
2000Nature BoyRos1 episode
Hearts and Bones Mary JonesEpisode: "Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home"
2001Table 12YolandaEpisode: "Aphrodisiac"
2001–2002 Teachers Susan GatelyRecurring role
2003 Trust Elizabeth Blackwood1 episode
Red Cap Staff Sergeant Neve KirlandRecurring role
Holby City Julie ReddingEpisode: "Desperate Measures"
Trevor's World of Sport Caroline BradleyRecurring role
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie TurnerSeries regular
2005 According to Bex ChrisSeries regular
Last Rights NadineMini-series
Twisted TalesLynne1 episode
2006 Comedy Lab JaneEpisode: "FM"
2006–2011 Lead Balloon MelSeries regular
2007 Party Animals Jo PorterSeries regular
Sold Yvette Daniels1 episode
2008 Casualty Monica BatchelorEpisode: "Before a Fall"
No Heroics Kim the AgentEpisode: "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Maureen SummerhayesEpisode: "Mrs McGinty's Dead"
2008–2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy WeeksSeries regular
2009 New Tricks Susannah MortonEpisode: "The Truth Is Out There"
2011 Land Girls Diana GranvilleRecurring role
Doctor Who Cleaves2 episodes
DCI Banks Dr. Elizabeth WaringEpisode: "Friend of the Devil"
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuettevilleEpisode: "The Dark Rider"
Hustle Dr. Dana DevilleEpisode: "Eat Yourself Slender"
A Touch of Cloth Clare HawkchurchEpisode: "The First Case"
2013The Other ChildDI Valerie Almond
Jo Pauline LangloisEpisode: "Notre Dame"
Heading Out Sabine1 episode
Law & Order: UK Lydia SmythsonEpisode: "Dependent"
2013–2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter Series regular
2014 Jonathan Creek SharonEpisode: "The Letters of Septimus Noone"
2015 Vera Gloria EdwardsEpisode: "Shadows in the Sky"
2015–2017 Uncle TeresaSeries regular
2016 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge HayleyEpisode: "Grundy + Snow"
2017 Silent Witness Dr. Eva VasquezEpisode: "Awakening"
W1A Tasmin Howard1 episode
2017–2020 The Worst Witch Miss HardbroomSeries regular
2018 Strangers Rachel HargreavesSeries regular
2022 The Good Karma Hospital Frankie MartinSeries 4

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 [13] [14] Almeida Theatre

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