Rachel Hannah Weiss was born on March 7, 1970 in London, United Kingdom, the daughter of psychoanalyst Edith Ruth (Teich) and inventor George Weiss. Her parents came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, And her mother, originally from Vienna, was of Italian and Austrian Jewish descent. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, who is a curator and photographer.
Rachel started modeling when she was 14 and started acting while studying at Cambridge University. While there, she founded a theatre company called speaking tongues, which won a Guardian award at the Edinburgh festival for its take on Neville Southall’s Laundry bag. Rachel went on to star on stage in the Sean Mathias-acclaimed revival of Noel Coward’s design for life. It was this role that won her the London critics circle vote for most promising newcomer.
She has appeared in many films, including the Mummy (1999), Enemy at the gate (2001) and Elusive beauty (1996). Rachel can also be seen in the films Image of things (2003), my boy (2002), Constantine (2005) and the Devoted gardener (2005), for which she won an Academy award, a Golden globe, and the screen actors Guild Award for Best supporting actress.