Peaceful Fountains of Desire
Philippines-born actress and model Rachel Grant is best remembered as Bond Girl “Peaceful Fountains of Desire,” James Bond's would-be murderer who poses as an unnamed masseuse, in the 2002’s Die Another Day, and as Nina (2001-2002), in the British sci-fi horror/comedy TV series “Sci-Fright.” Moviegoers will catch her in the upcoming action films, Til Death (starring Jean-Claude Van Damme), The Tournament, and Brotherhood of Blood.
In addition to her acting roles Grant was also the body double of Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). As a model, the 5' 8" tall beauty has appeared in a number of UK Television commercials, including adverts for Lynx and Carlsberg. She is also a former competitor in Miss Great Britain.
Childhood and Family:
On the island of Luzon north of the Philippines, Rachel Louise Grant de Longueuil, a mix of Eurasian - English-Scottish, French-Canadian, Spanish-Filipino ancestry, was born in 1977. Her father, Michael Charles Grant de Longueuil (English-Scottish and French-Canadian; a doctor and hypnotist), is the son and heir of the 11th Baron Raymond de Longueuil (was a professional artist in the South of France; his mother was the Lady Ernestine Maud Bowes-Lyon) and Ernestine Bowes-Lyon (a first cousin of Britain's Queen Mother and grew up with the Queen Mum in Glamis Castle in Scotland). Her mother, Isabel Padua, is a Filipina of Spanish descent. Rachel’s maternal great-grandfather was a doctor who was one of the founders of the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in Southeast Asia.
The middle of three sisters, Rachel has two female siblings: Angela Grant de Longeuil, a model (an international model for CalCarries) and a flamenco and ballet teacher in Parañaque, and Rebecca, who performed in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams and Trevor Beattie’s Show Burlesque. The three girls, who spent much of their childhood in the English town of Nottingham, went to a local ballet school in Nottingham, Nora Morrison School, where they did ballet, singing, and acting. Rachel later attended drama school in London while pursuing an acting career. She obtained a 3-year Diploma in the Performing Arts at the London Studio Centre and also attended courses at RADA, Italia Conti and the Royal Ballet.
Rachel has numerous hobbies including making sushi, origami, weaponry and martial arts. She studies Silat and Kali with (Bruce Lee's old friend and pupil) Guro Danny Inosanto. She also enjoys racing cars, swimming, scuba diving, horse riding and traveling the world. Rachel currently lives and travels between Los Angeles and London.
Having performed regularly around the UK at dance and drama festivals and competitions as well as numerous charitable events (notably the Royal Society of the Blind) since her early years, Rachel Grant then decided to choose acting than going to the university. She obtained a 3-year Diploma in the Performing Arts at the London Studio Centre and also attended courses at RADA. While doing some interesting theater works, she also did several modeling jobs. She has appeared in several global commercials including: Galaxy Chocolate (UK), Lynx Pulse (worldwide), Carlsberg Lager (UK), Lynx deodorant (worldwide), Anadin Tablets (UK) Bank of Bangkok (Asia), Gouda Cheese (Germany), Vics Menthols (Germany).
In 1998, Rachel had a part on Emmerdale: Revenge (V) and starred in the brief-lived action series "Masters of Combat," alongside Brendan Carr, in 2001. She got her big break as Nina (2001-2002) in the British sci-fi horror/comedy TV series “Sci-Fright.” Meanwhile, in addition to her acting roles, Rachel was also the body double of Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001).
Rachel made her first appearance in a feature film in the twentieth James Bond film, Die Another Day (2002; starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry), as Bond Girl “Peaceful Fountains of Desire,” Bond's would-be murderer who poses as an unnamed masseuse in Bond’s Hong Kong hotel suite. Afterward, she starred in a 10-minute film, Wet Paint (2003). She also appeared in a number of TV series, including Canadian gritty crime-drama "Blue Murder," Fox's action/dramedy "Keen Eddie," MediaCorp TV Channel 8 drama comedy "Zero to Hero" and BBC One’s long-running emergency medical drama "Casualty."
Meanwhile, filmgoers could catch her in writer-director Richard Jobson's martial arts movie The Purifiers (with Kevin McKidd, Dominic Monaghan and Gordon Alexander) and the French adventure comedy Double zéro (both in 2004). The next year, after she guest starred in a June 2005 episode of the crime drama "Murder in Suburbia," Rachel played a recurring role as Hypno Girl in British comedy show "Rajan and His Evil Hypnotists."
Rachel just completed her upcoming films, Michael Roesch and Peter Scheerer's horror film Brotherhood of Blood, which is scheduled for a release in fall or winter 2006, and Simon Fellows' action thriller Til Death, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. She is also scheduled to appear in Scott Mann's action film about a battle between 40 of the world's deadliest assassins, The Tournament.
Off screen, Rachel has been involved in various charities include Cancer Research UK, WSPA (World Society for Protection of Animals) & SPARKS Sports Aiding Medical Research for Kids.