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Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy (born 22 January 1968) is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Phyllis Baxter in the last three seasons of the television series Downton Abbey (2013–2015). She will reprise the role in a feature film adaptation of the same name (2019).

Raquel Cassidy
Raquel Josephine Dominic Cassidy

(1968-01-22) 22 January 1968 (age 51)
Fleet, Hampshire, England
EducationGirton College
Years active1997–present


Early life and educationEdit

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. She later pursued a PhD in biological anthropology, but she abandoned it to pursue a career in acting.


Cassidy is best known for her 2013–2015 television role as rehabilitated thief and ladies maid Phyllis Baxter in Downton Abbey. Other roles include Susan Gately in Teachers (series 1 and 2), the Home Office Junior Minister Jo Porter in Party Animals, Cassie Turner in The Worst Week of My Life, Nancy Weeks in Moving Wallpaper, Miss Hardbroom in The Worst Witch and Mel in Lead Balloon.[5]



Year Film Role Other 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

Selected televisionEdit

Year Programme Role Other notes
1998 Killer Net WPC Pamela Boxer
1999 The Bill Lola Chaves (Victim)
2001 Table 12 Yolanda
2001–2002 Teachers Susan Gately
2003 Red Cap Staff Sgt. Neve Kirland
2004 The Worst Week of My Life Cassie Turner
2005 According to Bex Chris
2006–2011 Lead Balloon Mel Davies
2007 Party Animals Jo Porter
2008 Agatha Christie's Poirot: Mrs McGinty's Dead Maureen Summerhayes
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 of Series 8, Filmed in September 2011[6]
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
2015 Vera Gloria Edwards
2017– The Worst Witch Miss Hardbroom 13 episodes (Filming)
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 radioEdit

Year Programme Role Other notes
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.
  5. ^ "Hamilton Hodell - RAQUEL CASSIDY". Hamilton Hodell. Archived from the original on 5 October 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  6. ^ "John Barrowman on Twitter". Twitter Image. John Barrowman. Retrieved 21 December 2015.

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