Born: 7 October 1978
Birthplace: London, Ontario, Canada
Best known as: The star of the romantic movie The Notebook
After only a handful of movie and TV roles, Rachel McAdams made a splash as Regina George, the catty teen villain in the 2004 comedy Mean Girls (starring Lindsay Lohan). A graduate of York University (just outside Toronto), McAdams began her onscreen career in 2000. Mean Girls was the best and last of a string of roles in which McAdams played teen girls; her impressive dramatic turn as Ryan Gosling's lover in The Notebook (2004, also starring James Garner) changed her status to rising star. By the end of 2005 she had indeed arrived, starring in three high profile movies: Red Eye (with Cillian Murphy), The Wedding Crashers (with Owen Wilson) and The Family Stone (with Sarah Jessica Parker). She also played brainy dame Irene Adler opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the big-budget action movies Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), and the uptight fiancee in Woody Allen's 2011 film Midnight in Paris.
Rachel McAdams for a time dated Ryan Gosling, her co-star in The Notebook; coincidentally, the two were born in the same hospital in the city of London in Ontario, Canada.
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