Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4, 1981) is an American actress, best known for her television roles as Rachel Zane on the legal drama Suits and FBI special agent Amy Jessup in the sci-fi thriller Fringe. She is also a United Nation's Women's advocate for political participation and leadership, and other humanitarian roles.
Markle was born and raised in Los Angeles County, California. Markle is of mixed race, and self-identifies as such: "My dad is Caucasian and my mom is African American. ... I have come to embrace [it, and] to say who I am, to share where I'm from, to voice my pride in being a strong, confident mixed-race woman." Her father is of Dutch and Irish descent.
To support herself between early acting jobs, Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher. She appeared in Fox's series Fringe as Junior Agent Amy Jessup in the first two episodes of its second season. Since July 2011 she has played paralegal Rachel Zane, on the USA Network show Suits.
Markle appeared in two 2010 films, Get Him to the Greek and Remember Me and one 2011 film, Horrible Bosses. She appeared in the short film The Candidate (seen on the KQED public television show ImageMakers: the Company of Men) as a secretary in 2012.
In 2002, Markle appeared in an episode of the daytime soap opera, General Hospital. She has also appeared in episodes of Century City, Cuts, Love, Inc., The War at Home, 90210, Knight Rider, Without a Trace, The Apostles, CSI: NY, The League and Castle.
Markle is the founder and editor-in-chief of lifestyle site The Tig.
In November 2016, Markle and Canadian clothing company Reitmans released a line of reasonably priced women's fashion workwear.