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Raquel Cassidy

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Raquel Cassidy
Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy

(1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 53)
Fleet, Hampshire, England
EducationFarnborough Hill
Girton College, Cambridge
Years active1997–present

Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy[citation needed] (born 22 January 1968)[citation needed] is an English actress. She played the role of Phyllis Baxter in the last three seasons of the television series Downton Abbey (2013–2015), winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, and the 2019 feature film sequel of the same name.

She has played leading roles in the casts of the television series Teachers, Party Animals, Moving Wallpaper, Lead Balloon and The Worst Witch.

Early life and education

Born to a Spanish mother and an English father, she was the third child and only daughter born to the couple.[1] Born and brought up in Fleet, Hampshire,[2] she was educated at Farnborough Hill Convent,[3][4] and then Girton College, Cambridge, where she studied modern languages and then biological anthropology.[citation needed] She later[when?] pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it to pursue a career in acting.[5]


In an early role, Cassidy played Lola Chaves in an episode of The Bill, speaking predominantly in Spanish. In 2001 she took the role of Susan Gately in Teachers, returning for the second series in 2002. She has also played the Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter in Party Animals, Cassie Turner in The Worst Week of My Life, Nancy Weeks in Moving Wallpaper and Mel in Lead Balloon.

In 2013 Cassidy joined the cast of Downton Abbey, playing the role of rehabilitated thief and ladies maid Phyllis Baxter for the show's final three series. In 2015 the cast won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. She reprised the role for the show's 2019 feature film sequel, also called Downton Abbey.

She has subsequently played the role of Miss Hardbroom in four series of the 2017 television revival of The Worst Witch.



Year Film Role Notes
1999 Perdie Miss Jennings Short
2000 Thin Ice DS Beckett TV film
2002 Shooters Tess
Do I Love You Romy
Before You Go Felicia
2004 Out of Time Alice Short
2005 Blake's Junction 7 Jenna Short
Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007 The Boat People Alice
Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
Britz Joy TV film
2008 Nightwalking Martha Short
2010 On Expenses House of Commons Counsel TV film
An Act of Love Catherine Short
Bleach Rebecca Short
2012 Routine Vaccination Nurse Short
2013 Wisdom Emily Eximo Short
To Leech Mary Short
2014 The Ballad of Langley Lane Mother Short
2016 The Twisted Death of a Lonely Madmman Mystic-57 Voice role
Two Is a Family Maitresse Gloria
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Christina Vakrinos
Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
Official Secrets Anne Emmerson


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Killer Net P.C. Pam Boxer 2 episodes
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves Episode: "Lola"
Peak Practice Cheryl Parker Episode: "Hearts and Minds"
2000 Nature Boy Ros 1 episode
Hearts and Bones Mary Jones Episode: "Once There Was a Way to Get Back Home"
2001 Table 12 Yolanda Episode: "Aphrodisiac"
2001-2002 Teachers Susan Gately Recurring role
2003 Trust Elizabeth Blackwood 1 episode
Red Cap Staff Sergeant Neve Kirland Recurring role
Holby City Julie Redding Episode: "Desperate Measures"
Trevor's World of Sport Caroline Bradley Recurring role
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie Turner Series regular
2005 According to Bex Chris Series regular
Last Rights Nadine Mini-series
Twisted Tales Lynne 1 episode
2006 Comedy Lab Jane Episode: "FM"
2006-2011 Lead Balloon Mel Series regular
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter Series regular
Sold Yvette Daniels 1 episode
2008 Casualty Monica Batchelor Episode: "Before a Fall"
No Heroics Kim the Agent Episode: "Monkey Gone to Heaven"
Agatha Christie's Poirot Maureen Summerhayes Episode: "Mrs McGinty's Dead"
2008-2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy Weeks Series regular
2009 New Tricks Susannah Morton Episode: "The Truth Is Out There"
2011 Land Girls Diana Granville Recurring role
Doctor Who Cleaves 2 episodes
DCI Banks Dr. Elizabeth Waring Episode: "Friend of the Devil"
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuetteville Episode: "The Dark Rider"
Hustle Dr. Dana Deville Episode: "Eat Yourself Slender"
A Touch of Cloth Clare Hawkchurch Episode: "The First Case"
2013 The Other Child DI Valerie Almond
Jo Pauline Langlois Episode: "Notre Dame"
Heading Out Sabine 1 episode
Law & Order: UK Lydia Smythson Episode: "Dependent"
2013-2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter Series regular
2014 Jonathan Creek Sharon Episode: "The Letters of Septimus Noone"
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards Episode: "Shadows in the Sky"
2015-2017 Uncle Teresa Series regular
2016 Mid Morning Matters with Alan Partridge Hayley Episode: "Grundy + Snow"
2017 Silent Witness Dr. Eva Vasquez Episode: "Awakening"
W1A Tasmin Howard 1 episode
2017-2020 The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom Series regular
2018 Strangers Rachel Hargreaves Series regular

Selected radio

Year Programme Role
2008 Spending My Inheritance Jo
2015 Ed Reardon's Week Suzan


Year Play Role Theatre
1997 Twelfth Night Viola Royal Court Theatre
1998 Othello Desdemona National tour
Threesome Ruth Old Red Lion Theatre
2002 Possible Worlds Joyce Tron Theatre
2004 MacBeth Lady MacBeth[4] International tour
2005 Anna Karenina Anna Arkadyevna Karenina Royal Lyceum Theatre
2006 Mirandolina Mirandolina[4] Royal Exchange Theatre
2019 Shipwreck Jools/Donald J. Trump's Secretary[6][7] Almeida Theatre


  1. ^ "School's out forever Raquel Cassidy has graduated from Teachers to Glasgow's Tron, reports Neil Cooper". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  2. ^ Raquel Cassidy reopens Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice shop in Fleet | Fleet People Archived 2 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ [1] Archived 14 March 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c "Raquel stars in record-breaking comedy show – News – gethampshire". Archived from the original on 20 April 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ Morganstern, Adam. "Attending 'Downton Abbey' Film Premieres (And Drinking Hot Chocolate) With Star Raquel Cassidy". Forbes. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Raquel Cassidy | Hamilton Hodell". Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Shipwreck". Almeida Theatre. Retrieved 22 December 2020.

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