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Raquel Cassidy (born as Raquel Josephine Cassidy on 22nd January 1968; Fleet, England) is the actress who portrays Phyllis Baxter in the fourth, fifth series and sixth series of Downton Abbey [1]

Cassidy is probably best known for her roles in Teachers, Party Animals, and Lead Balloon.

Daughter of a Spanish mother and an English father, Raquel studied modern languages ​​and then physical anthropology at Girton College of the University of Cambridge. After starting a PhD in anthropology, she abandoned his academic career to pursue acting. Active in television, theater and cinema, she landed her first major role in 1997, when she played Viola in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Royal Court Theater. After starring in TV series, like Doctor Who and Inspector Barnaby, she played Phyllis Baxter for 23 episodes of Downton Abbey between 2013 and 2015, before returning to play the character again in the 2019 movie.


  1. Downton Abbey Series 4 Press Pack, ITV Press Centre, 12th Sept, 2013.