She has recently taken up a lot of air time in her docu-series on Netflix. But there are plenty of other films and TV series where Meghan Markle has appeared.
Although her most famous role was as paralegal Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits from 2011 to 2017, the Montecito-based Duchess of Sussex counts several small TV and movie roles on her acting resume, some which have come back to haunt her.
She has starred in several procedural US dramas including both CSI Miami and CSI New York during her acting career, and a particuarly raunchy cameo in 90210 from 2008 where her character performs a compromising sex act in a car, has come back to haunt her several times since she was linked to Prince Harry in 2016.
As Prince Harry says Meghan being an American actress clouded the royal family’s view of her, Femail brings you a round-up of her best work.
The duchess was most famous for her role as paralegal Rachel Zane in Suits. She also became friends with much of the cast
The Duchess of Sussex played the paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane on the first seven seasons of Suits, from 2011 to 2017 until she retired from acting ahead of her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
When she left the show, writers had Rachel and her husband Mike Ross — played by Patrick J. Adams — move to Seattle to start their own law offices.
Markle and Adams have remained longtime friends, and he attended the royal wedding with his now-wife Troian Bellisario, with whom he shares daughters Aurora, three, and Elliot, two.
His children are nearly the same ages as Markle’s son, Archie, two, and daughter, Lilibet, eight months.
He has also hit back earlier this year after being constantly ‘pulled into’ debates surrounding his former co-star Meghan Markle.
The former Suits actor, 40, who was born in Toronto and now lives in California took to Twitter in January, writing: ‘Hello to the people and many bots debating all things Markle and including me in the conversation. I just want you to know a couple of things. 1. I don’t read any of it. 2. Life is short. 3. There has to got to be better things for you to be doing. Even you, bots.’
Meghan’s role in the show saw her move to Toronto, where she became friends with a high-society circle, including Jessica Mulroney and her onscreen husband Ben, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
She invited many of the cast to the 2018 royal wedding. One guest was director Silver Tree, 45, who made an appearance in Harry and Meghan’s explosive Netflix docuseries.
Meghan also had an on screen wedding and her fictional father was Wendell Pierce, who played Detective Bunk Moreland in The Wire.
Married With Children (1995)
The duchess had her acting debut at around 14 in the 1990s when she played a student sitting on a stage
The duchess had her acting debut at around 14 when she played a student sitting on a stage.
Her father Thomas Markle was a lighting director on the show – and Meghan has spoken about how she regularly attended the set.
She told Esquire in 2013: ‘Every day after school for 10 years, I was on the set of Married with Children, which is a really funny and perverse place for a little girl in a Catholic school uniform to grow up.
‘There were a lot of times my dad would say, “Meg, why don’t you go and help with the craft services room over there? This is just a little off-color for your 11-year-old eyes”.’
Ed O’Neill revealed in 2019 that Meghan ‘grew up’ on the set of his 80s sitcom Married With Children since her father was working on set.
‘By the way, she grew up on the set of Married With Children. Did you know that?’ O’Neil revealed. ‘Her father was a camera operator.’
Markle’s father, Thomas W. Markle, worked on Married With Children for 10 of the hit show’s 11 seasons on the air, first as a lighting director for the first season and then as the director of photography from the second season to the 10th.
On Ellen, O’Neil fondly remembered seeing young Meghan on the set, adding, ‘She used to come on the set in a little Catholic school uniform. She was like 9.’
O’Neil made this revelation on Ellen during a game called Who’s This? inspired by recent photos he’s taken with celebrities like Britney Spears and Taylor Swift, and he didn’t know who they were.
A Lot Like Love (2005)
This 2005 romantic comedy starring Ashton Kutcher was a total box office flop — but you can’t blame Meghan for that as she was only on screen for 31 seconds
The then-unknown actress appeared alongside Hollywood heartthrob Ashton Kutcher in the 2005 film called A Lot Like Love, where she was famously credited as ‘Hot Girl.’
On-screen for less than two minutes, she attempted to flirt with Kutcher’s internet entrepreneur character Oliver Martin on a flight.
But she was left stunned when Oliver showed no interest because of his complicated on-off relationship with photographer Emily Friehl, Alias actress Amanda Peet.
And she ended up being chatted up by business partner Jetter played by actor Kal Penn – instead.
Although she introduced herself as Natalie, she only appears in the credits as ‘Hot Girl.’
The moment was featured in Harry and Meghan’s Netflix docu-series as they discussed Meghan’s film career.
CSI: Miami (2006) and CSI New York (2010)
Injured victim: Meghan Markle is seen acting in CSI Miami in 2010. She played Officer Leah Montoya
As a budding actor, Meghan played a character known as Veronica Perez in an episode of CSI: Miami titled Murder Sings The Blues that aired in 2006.
She played a maid obsessed with rich playboy Grant Jordan, who mysteriously winds up dead during the episode.
Meghan made appearances in several procedural dramas in the beginning of her career.
On another occasion, she played one of the good guys as in 2010, she played Officer Leah Montoya in CSI: Miami for one 2010 episode, titled ‘Backfire.
Her appearances on CSI came to light in 2018 when her acting headshot and resume resurfaced.
It is not known exactly when the résumé was first used, however it does not list her work as a suitcase model on Deal or No Deal, on which she first appeared in 2006 – with her final professional role listed as the part of ‘Natalie “Hot Chick”‘ in Ashton Kutcher’s 2005 movie A Lot Like Love.
One of Meghan’s earliest role was to play a teenager in hit reboot 90210, giving oral sex to a high-school hunk
A very raunchy scene that saw her character getting caught performing oral sex on a high school hunk on 90210 has come back to haunt Meghan Markle several times since her relationship with Prince Harry
The 35-year-old actress appeared in the premiere episode of the Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot, which aired in 2008 and saw her getting frisky in the front seat of a car with scene co-star Dustin Milligan, who played Ethan.
In the scene, hunky Ethan – played by Dustin Milligan – is surprised when his girlfriend Annie (Shenae Grimes) spots him sitting in his car.
His shock is soon explained when he adjusts his clothing and Wendy’s head emerges from his lap.
Meghan starred in the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment two years after she left her role as a Deal Or No Deal suitcase girl.
She would find international fame three years later as Rachel in Suits.
Sometimes compared to The X-Files, Meghan played a junior FBI agent in this popular TV sci-fi show
Meghan appeared in several police and procedural shows at the start of her career.
The Duchess of Sussex played junior FBI agent Amy Jessup at the start of season two of TV sci-fi show Fringe in 2009.
The series, created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci, featured a special FBI team that uses fringe science to investigate bizarre events.
Sometimes compared to The X Files, it goes a step further and contains parallel universes.
Meghan’s role was to question the weird things she had seen – but her character disappeared after just two episodes.
Fringe went on to air for five seasons, before it was ultimately cancelled in 2013.
Get Him To The Greek (2010)
In the 2010 comedy Get Him To The Greek, Meghan played Tatiana, a girl who kisses comedian Russel Brand
Meghan Markle played Tatiana in comedy Get Him to the Greek, in which she also kisses comedian Russel Brand.
The plot follows a record company employee, played by Jonah Hill, who goes to London to get an eccentric English rock star (Russell Brand) to the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
However, Snow is a party animal and takes them on a wild ride involving alcohol and women, meeting Meghan Markle along the way.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Russell Brand said: ‘She [Meghan] was in a film that I did, Get Him To The Greek it was called.
‘I don’t remember the film that much but I think I planted one on her. Scripted in the scene. I only know this because I think I saw a clip of it somewhere.
‘They should bring that up [at the wedding]… if anyone has any reason… yeah Russell Brand snogged her in the film!’
Remember Me (2010)
Meghan played a barmaid in Remember Me, which starred TV hunk Robert Pattison, also known as The Batman
This movie marked Robert Pattinson’s departure from his Twilight fame, so it would be easy to forget that a future star had a small role in the same production as well.
The movie follows the story of Tyler Hawkins, who falls in love with Amy, played by Emilie de Ravin, but dies in the Twin Towers on 9/11/2001.
Meghan has a small role playing a bartenders soberly named Meghan as well.
Her real life ex-husband Trevor Engelson, was one of the film’s producer, and the pair tied the knot a year later, during a party-filled celebration in Jamaica in 2011.
They eventually divorced in 2-014, with Meghan being links to several men during her single years before she met Harry in 2016.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Meghan appeared as a driver in this 2011 comedy about employees who murdered their bosses
The early 2010s were the golden age of Hollywood dark comedies and the same year she bagged the role of Rachel on Suits, Meghan had a short cameo in revenge movie Horrible Bosses.
The movie, which starred Jennifer Anniston and Jason Sudeikis, told the story of three employees who conspire to kill their overbearing employers.
Meghan plays courier driver Jamie in the comedy film and shares a few lines with Sudeikis’ Kurt Buckman.
She played a FedEx employee named Jamie who Kurt chats up while she delivers a package, but eventually turns him down.
Her small role in the movie resurfaced after her relationship with Prince Harry became public.
The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down (2011)
Meghan made an appearance on Michael Shapiro’s The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down in 2011
Meghan Markle plays Dana in The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, which follows a group of friends on a night out in Los Angeles.
The movie is described in the trailer as ‘a film about sex drugs, booze and all around bad behaviour.’
Released in 2011, which was directed by Michael Shapiro, works as a guide to Californian party-lovers, advising them on what to do and what not to do on a night out.
The tongue-in-cheek movie touches on a lot of raunchy subjects, including drugs, sex and alcohol.
Meghan played serial killer Charlotte Boyd in one episode of the Castle. She is found poisoned but survives
Rick Castle is a high-profile crime fiction writer who finds he has help to offer a real life detective, Kate Beckett.
Meghan played serial killer Charlotte Boyd in one episode, titled ‘Once Upon a Crime,’ in which two women are found dead in fairy tale character costumes.
Charlotte is found with them, poisoned, but she survives.
It transpires Meghan’s character killed her two friends to stop them going to the police for accidentally killing a friend years earlier, then times her own poisoning so that she will be saved.
The Hungarian-British crime film written and directed by Reg Traviss and starring Gregg Sulkin and Meghan Markle (pictured)
Set in England, Anti-Social follows a successful street artist who is forced to jeopardise his future to help his criminal brother when gang rivalry escalates.
The gangland war turns their lives upside down, bringing the attention of the police as well as other criminals.
The low-budget British coming-of-age story which was inspired by a number of real-life smash-and-grab raids across London from 2009 to 2013.
Meghan – then 35 – plays American fashion model Kirsten who falls in love with Dee (Gregg Sulking), the street-artist.
Following her relationship with Prince Harry, the film was re-edited to give Meghan a bigger role.
Dater’s Handbook (2016)
Meghan appeared in Dater’s Handbook in 2016, a rom com about how to find the perfect man who ticks all the boxes
Meghan played Cass, the lead role, in TV movie Dater’s Handbook on the Hallmark Channel.
The romantic movie centres around Cassandra Barber, who realises she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, and turns to relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, The Dater’s Handbook to help with her ailing love life.
She follows the advice in Dr. Susie’s book to evaluate potential suitors, and then must ultimately choose between reliable George (Jonathan Scarfe) and fun-loving Robert (Kristoffer Polaha).
The movie premiered in January 2016 in the US and was re-released around the world in December 2016, just as the world had caught wind of the romance between Prince Harry and the Hollywood actress.
Many joked at the time of the movie’s release that while the character she played on screen had been unlucky in love, Meghan’s real love life was very different.
In their explosive docuseries, which dropped on Netflix yesterday, the couple revealed they went on their first date in Soho, London, in July 2016 and were dating for some months before the news of their relationship broke.
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