Rachel House is a New Zealand actress and director. Of Scottish and Māori descent, she grew up in Kamo, Northland Region.
House attended the New Zealand national drama school, Toi Whakaari, graduating in 1992. From here she went into stage work with Pacific Underground Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company. In 1995, she won the Chapman Tripp Most Promising Female Newcomer of the Year Award for her performance in the one-woman show Nga Pou Wahine by Briar Grace-Smith. This was followed by other awards in 2002 for Witi Ihimaera's critically acclaimed Woman Far Walking and 2003 in Henrik Ibsens An Enemy of the People. She has acted in several major productions at the International Festival of the arts in Wellington that have toured both nationally and internationally including Hone Kouka's Waiora, Carol Anne Duffy's The Worlds Wife and the UK/NZ co-production of Beauty and the Beast.
House's film work has included roles in Whale Rider, Eagle vs Shark, Boy, and White Lies. Her television appearances include Maddigan's Quest and Gaylene Prestons series Hope and Wire. Jason Buchanan of the Rovi corporation says of her "While she may not necessarily possess traditional Hollywood good looks, House has an undeniably distinct persona onscreen and exhibits just the kind of charisma that could prove the foundation for an enduring career".