Angela Bloomfield

Recent Role:

Rachel McKenna on Shortland Street


12/16/1972, Auckland, New Zealand

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    Angela Bloomfield plays Shortland Street Administration Manager, Rachel McKenna.

    Angela was only 19 and had completed two years at design school when she won the role of Rachel on Shortland Street in 1992.

    She performed on the show for seven years and transformed Rachel from the school girl daughter of clinic boss Michael McKenna into a university student, bar manager and later, a Shortland Street clinic employee.

    In addition to her role on Shortland Street, Angela has also performed in a number of feature films including Bonjour Timothy and The Frighteners. Prior to Shortland Street, she also appeared in television productions such as Black Stallion and Betty's Bunch.

    In 1999, Angela left Shortland Street. She took a break from acting and even tried her hand at directing as a trainee director on both Shortland Street and Jacksons Wharf.

    In late 2000, Angela came back to Shortland Street to reprise her role as Rachel McKenna.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Angela Bloomfield



    Birth Place:

    Auckland, New Zealand

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Angela: I enjoy acting no matter how long the day or how traumatic the moment. There's a ridiculous kind of euphoria of releasing your emotions, getting it right and affecting someone. I liken it to that good golf shot you lop down the fairway, just nail it and it goes straight in the hole.

    • Angela: (on returning to "Shortland Street" at age 36) It's a bit intimidating seeing myself on screen again. I don't look like these photos anymore, and it's taking a little getting used to. I go, 'What's that thing (miming a double chin) between my chin and my neck?'

    • Angela: (on returning as Rachel on "Shortland Street") Story-wise, Rachel is there to put the cat among the pigeons. I think that will always be her role.

    • Angela: (returning to acting on "Shortland Street") I haven't been in front of the camera on this set for such a long time that it felt weird. The actors were actually all very supportive, but I felt like I had to know my lines and not screw up, because there was one sense of what I desire as an actor and then what I desire as a director from actors.

    • Angela: (On posing nude in a men's magazine) I'm still as conflicted about it now as I was prior to doing it. I carry that conflict and that's about whether I'm OK about having a nude photo of myself out in the national domain. I go 'that's OK', and then I'm like 'is that OK?'

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    Trivia (15)

    • Theatre Credits: (2010) TOYS, Royale Productions, dir. Cameron Rhodes

    • Angela and Claire Chitham shared a dressing room together for a number of years while the two were on the soap Shortland Street, and Claire introduced Angela to her future husband, Chris Houston. Before Claire she shared her dressing room with Stephanie Tauevihi and Angela Dotchin.

    • Angela played Rachel McKenna on Shortland Street from 1993, beginning when she was 19 years old, until 2002, when she left because she was tired of playing a character that was so hard edged and was always the writers' go-to girl for the "issues" storylines. After briefly reprising the role in 2007 for the show's 15th anniversary celebration, she realised how much she missed it, and decided to come back in 2009. In between, however, she stayed connected to the show, as one of their regular directors.

    • Angela had several storylines which she found ridiculous for her character Rachel on Shortland Street, including the time she got struck by lightning and immediately fell in love with her geeky flatmate Nick, until she was electrocuted again, and fell back out of love. But the one she considers the most lame was when the staff of the clinic staged an intervention because Rachel had nits in her hair. Angela says of that storyline, "I can't believe they ended a Friday episode on that! Did they really think 'Oh, that'll keep them going over the weekend!'?"

    • Angela can act using a number of different accents, including Australian, British, Canadian, US East Coast, and US LA.

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