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Raquel Cassidy

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Raquel Cassidy
Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy

(1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 52)
Fleet, Hampshire, England
EducationFarnborough Hill
Girton College
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.[citation needed]


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
2002 Do I Love You Romy
2002 Before You Go Felicia
2005 Festival Petra Loewenberg
2007 The Boat People Alice
2007 Tick Tock Lullaby Maya
2008 Nightwalking Martha Short film
2013 Das Andere Kind Valerie Almond
2019 Cliffs of Freedom Christina Vakrinos
2019 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2019 Official Secrets Anne Emmerson

Selected television

Year Programme Role Notes
1998 Killer Net WPC Pamela Boxer
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves 1 episode ("Lola")
2001 Table 12 Yolanda
2001–2002 Teachers Susan Gately Main role
2003 Red Cap Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland
2003 Holby City Julie Redding 1 episode
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie Turner Series 1
2005 According to Bex Chris
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Mel Davies
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot Maureen Summerhayes Episode: "Mrs McGinty's Dead"
2008–2009 Moving Wallpaper Nancy Weeks
2009 New Tricks Susanna Morton 1 episode ("The Truth Is Out There")
2011 DCI Banks Dr Elizabeth Waring 1 episode ("Friend Of The Devil")
2011 Land Girls Diana Granville
2011 Doctor Who Foreman Miranda Cleaves 2 episodes ("The Rebel Flesh"/"The Almost People")
2012 Hustle Dana Deville Episode 4, series 8
2012 Midsomer Murders Diana DeQuetteville
2013 Heading Out Sabine
2013 A Touch of Cloth Clare Hawkchurch
2013–2015 Downton Abbey Phyllis Baxter
2014 Jonathan Creek Sharon Episode 1, series 5
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards
2017– The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom 39 episodes +
2017 Silent Witness  Dr Eva Vasquez Episode 9–10, series 20
2017 W1A Tasmin Howard Episode 5, series 3
2018 Strangers Rachel Hargreaves 5 episodes, series 1

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


  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.

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