Remember Elizabeth Russell from Lagaan? As the only kind-hearted soul in the English ranks in Aamir Khan’s famous period drama, actress Rachel Shelley won the hearts of cinema lovers with her grace and charm. Lagaan was released twenty years back when we didn’t had the advantage of getting looks at cine stars’ life through online media stages. Thus, Rachel Shelley consistently remained Elizabeth for Lagaan fans, with very little of her other work known to the Indian crowd. But fans of Aamir Khan were in for a special surprise on Wednesday when they chanced upon an Instagram Stories post by Aamir Khan Productions wishing Rachel Shelley on her birthday.
Following Aamir Khan’s withdrawal from social based media, it is the authority page of Aamir Khan Productions that has transformed into an all in one resource for all updates and messages from the actor. Sharing a still of the actress from the film, the post was simple with “Happy Birthday, Rachel Shelley” as the caption.
In addition to the Oscar-nominated film Lagaan, Rachel Shelley has appeared in a large group of other famous and very much adored TV programs and movies in her profession. Born in England, Rachel Shelley is best known for work in the film Photographing Fairies and the series The L Word. In the last decade, she had appeared in critically acclaimed series such as Once Upon A Time and Grantchester.
In addition to her acting career, Rachel Shelley has also written columns for The Guardian and DIVA Magazine. In an article for The Guardian, Rachel Shelley even shared her experience of working on Lagaan and wrote about the “four months of disease, tears and passion in the desert of western India.”
When she is not acting or writing, Rachel Shelley loves to go for a swim and spend time with her husband, director-producer Matthew Parkhill, and their daughter Eden. If Rachel Shelley’s posts on Twitter are anything to go by, the actress has only become more stunning with age and is raring to go as she embraces new projects.