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  • Set the high-jump record at her high school.
  • Studied in France during high school, and spent her college years attending classes in New York and modeling in Europe.
  • Planned on working on Wall Street after graduating from Columbia University.
  • Landed her first television role in 2002, playing an orgy-loving waitress on Sex and the City. 
  • Appeared in Maxim magazine's 2001 swimsuit issue and was ranked 28th in its 100 Sexiest Women issue in 2003.
  • Was in line to inherit the lead role on Alias had a pregnant Jennifer Garner left the show. Garner did scale back her involvement, but the series ended with both Garner and Nichols in the 2006 finale.
  • Avoids using the P2 level of any parking garage after starring in the film P2 (2007), in which she played a woman being terrorized by a psycho in such a garage.
  • Enjoys windsurfing, sailing and watching boxing.


  • Michael Kershaw — Fiancé
  • Alison Nichols — Mother
  • Scott Stuber — Ex-husband
  • Hunter Nichols — Brother
  • Jim Nichols — Father


  • Columbia University, New York, New York, United States (BS in Economics and Math, 2003)

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  • Birth Name: Rachel Emily Nichols
  • Birth Place: Augusta, Maine, United States
  • Profession: Actor

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