Emmanuel Church, LlanelliRachel Roberts was born at the Manse of Emmanuel Church in Tyisha Road on the 20th September 1927. She was the daughter of Richard Rees Roberts who was the Baptist Minister of the little chapel that still stands today at the bottom end of New Dock Road, Llanelli.

After studying at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Rachel starred on the screen and stage in a number of famous productions in London and Broadway. During her successful career she held leading roles in films which include ‘This Sporting Life’, ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and ‘Yanks’. Her international stage performances list ‘Alpha Beta’, ‘The Visit’, ‘Chemin de Fer’ ,‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?’ and many other plays.

Richard Harris, Albert Finney, and Rex Harrison are among some of the famous names that have starred alongside her during her acting career.

Following her marriage and subsequent divorce to Alan Dobie she married the famous Hollywood actor and film star, Rex Harrison in March 1962. This marriage was to last nine years. Sadly, Rachel Roberts ended her ‘colourful’ life in November 1980 at the age of 53. A full biography of her life can be found in the book ‘No Bells on Sunday’ - The Journals of Rachel Roberts with a documentary biography by Alexander Walker. (Pavilion Books Ltd. 1984)



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