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RACHEL NICHOLS (Monica Ashe) has established herself as a star on both the big and small screens, commanding and the attention of filmgoers and television viewers with her beauty, talent, versatility and poise.

She was most recently seen in Conan the Barbarian, as 'Tamara,' the love interest to Jason Momoa's 'Conan' and the comedic and romantic drama, A Bird of the Air released in September 2011. In 2011, Nichols returned to television as a series regular on the CBS crime drama, "Criminal Minds." Rachel starred as 'Ashley Seaver' in Season 6 of the series.

In May 2009, Nichols starred in Star Trek. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the film also starred Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, and Eric Bana. In August 2009, Nichols starred as 'Scarlett' in G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers. Others in the cast included Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dennis Quaid. Both Star Trek and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra took the top spot at the box office on their respective opening weekends.

In August 2008, Nichols was seen starring in' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 written by Elizabeth Chandler and directed by Sanaa Hamri.

In November 2007, Nichols starred as the lead in the Summit Entertainment thriller, P2. Wes Bentley also starred in this film, directed by Frank Khalfoun and produced by Alexandre Aja. Also in 2007, Nichols appeared in Mike Nichols' Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks and in the sports drama, Resurrecting the Champ with Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett.

In 2005-2006, Nichols starred in the last season of the hit television series, Alias. Rachel portrayed 'Rachel Gibson,' who worked alongside Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) in the special ops division of the CIA.

In 2005, Nichols starred in the Fox drama, The Inside, produced by Imagine Television.

That same year, Nichols starred in the remake of the horror classic The Amityville Horror produced by Michael Bay, in which she portrays the unforgettable role of the family babysitter. This film also starred Ryan Reynolds and Melissa George.

A small town New England native, Nichols first caught the attention of a modeling scout while attending the prestigious Columbia University in New York City, from which she has graduated with a double major in math and economics. After campaigns with such brands as Guess, L'Oreal, Abercrombie & Fitch and Nicole Miller, she broke into the world of acting when her agent sent her out on her first audition, which was for Sex and the City. Although it was the first audition she had ever been on, she was offered the role immediately. The role was for "The Vogue Idea" episode where she starred as the restaurant hostess that became the birthday present from Kim Catrall to her boyfriend, Richard. She followed that role with a role in Autumn in New York with Richard Gere. In 2003, she starred in the prequel to Dumb and Dumber, Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. Nichols has also guest starred on the ABC series In the Line of Fire.

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