Rachel Shenton is an actress who has appeared in a number of British television series, commercials, and films, along with American TV with her debut on ABC Family drama Switched at Birth, Season 3 as Lily Summers. In the UK, she is best known for portraying Mitzeee Minniver on Hollyoaks, along with award winning BBC favorite Waterloo Road, Sophia’s Diary, popular medical drama Holby City and Genie in the house on Nickelodeon. Shenton’s acting career at the Edinburgh fringe festival performing in ‘the Etruscan’ play, that received critical acclaim for its take on the traditions and culture of ancient Rome.
When Shenton was 12, her father became deaf following chemotherapy treatment for cancer and lived the last two years of his life profoundly deaf. Seeing this hardship and wanting to communicate with her father like she always had, she learned sign language. It was then that she decided to become and ambassador to the deaf by volunteering her time at the local charity Deaflinks, where she is now a patron and went on to qualify as an interpreter. Shenton has continued her involvement in the deaf community raising awareness by campaigning and public speaking. She states that ‘being an actress and working with the general public to make them smile makes me a natural fit when dealing with the deaf population.
Shenton also keeps physically fit through fundraising challenges including abseiling, skydiving, climbing the BT tower and running both a full and half marathon all for NDCS and Deaflinks. In September 2012, Shenton climbed the highest free standing Mountain in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro.
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