Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980) is an American actress, currently known for her film work and for her portrayal of CIA agent Rachel Gibson on the ABC television series Alias.
Nichols was born and raised in Augusta, Maine, where she attended Cony High School.
As a sophomore at Cony, she studied abroad in France.
Nichols admitted to Latino Review that she "wasn't the hot chick" in high school, referring to herself instead as a "late bloomer."
Upon graduation, she headed to Columbia University in New York, intent on studying psychology.
While growing up, Nichols enjoyed trekking through the outdoors and being on the water and loved windsurfing, sailing and just being on the water.
According to Nichols, she stumbled into modeling accidentally: "I was in the right place at the right time and decided to give modeling a try."
While posing for companies like Guess? and Abercrombie & Fitch, she also enrolled in drama classes at Columbia.
She maintained a difficult schedule throughout college, balancing her studies in New York City with photo shoots in Europe.
In 2002, Nichols decided to really pursue acting in earnest.Picture Moment