Born: January 19, 1971
Birthplace: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Rachel Zawadi Luttrell (born 19 January 1971) is a Tanzanian-Canadian actress best known for her role as Teyla Emmagan, an Athosian warrior leader on Stargate Atlantis.Luttrell was born in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, the daughter of Veronica Makihio Shenkunde Luttrell of the Washambala tribe of The Usambara Mountains, and Dr. William Leon Luttrell from Bossier City, Louisiana. She is one of four daughters. Her family emigrated to Canada when she was five years old, and she was raised in Toronto. Her family has several musical roots; her father, a former member of the critically acclaimed Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, trained Luttrell's soprano voice. She studied ballet at the Russian Academy of Classical Ballet School and also studied piano at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.
Luttrell made her professional débuts in Canada's premier production of Miss Saigon in Toronto, and as "The Enchantress" the Canadian production of Disney's Beauty And The Beast. She would go on to appear in many other stage productions, such as Once On This Island, Goblin Market, and the premier performance of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage's Las Meninas.
Following a move to Los Angeles, Luttrell would go on to appear in many guest star roles on television series.
Frustrated with some of the roles being offered to her at the time, she was considering giving up on her acting career and enrolling at UCLA to study architecture. She ventured to the UK instead and studied at the British American Drama Association on a midsummer course at Balliol College, Oxford. Shortly after her return to Los Angeles, Luttrell was cast in her most high-profile role to date, as Teyla Emmagan on Stargate Atlantis.
She also appeared in the Canadian movie, A Dog's Breakfast which was directed by her fellow Stargate Atlantis co-star David Hewlett.
In 2011 Luttrell released her debut Jazz album "I Wish You Love", which was produced by Austrian record producer Gerrit Kinkel and features Jazz greats like Jeff Hamilton, Jennifer Leitham, Graham Dechter and Konrad Paszkudzki.
Luttrell is married to Loyd Bateman; they have two children together. Luttrell has two younger sisters, Erica Luttrell, who is also an actress, and Amanda Luttrell Garrigus, who is an on-air personality for fashion and entertainment. Luttrell is sometimes credited as "Rachel Z. Luttrell".
|1986||Courage||Bobby's Daughter||TV film|
|1992||Personal Effects||Short film|
|1996||Joe's So Mean to Josephine||Girl in Bar|
|2001||Feast of All Saints||Lisette||TV film|
|2001||Impostor||Scan Room Nurse|
|2004||Stop Thief!||Nicky||Short film|
|2007||A Dog's Breakfast||Ratcha|
|1989-1993||Street Legal||Veronica Beck||20 episodes|
|1992||Forever Knight||Officer Norma Alves||"Hunters"|
|1993||Maniac Mansion||Lorrie||"Tina and the Teardrops"|
|1995||The Great Defender||Reporter||"Naked Truth", "Camille"|
|1997||In the House||Daphne||"The Cruise: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2002||Touched by an Angel||Marla||"The Sixteenth Minute"|
|2004-2009||Stargate Atlantis||Teyla Emmagan||99 episodes|
|2011||True Justice||Lt. Humphreys||"Urban Warfare: Part 1"|
|2011||NCIS||Navy Lt. Cmmdr. Stephanie Mosner||"Sins of the Father"|
|2013||NCIS: Los Angeles||CIA Agent Yvette Lowell||"Big Brother"|
|2015||No Sleep Till 18||Jill||"Everyone's Got an Opinion"|
|2016||Arrow||Rosie||"Code of Silence"|