Shortland Street: Monday 19 October - Friday 23 October 2009

Weekdays, 7pm on TV2

Shortland Street hospital is shocked by the return of a familiar face this week, when Rachel McKenna arrives back in Ferndale. Played by well known actress Angela Bloomfield, a determined Rachel is sure to ruffle some feathers.

One of the show’s longest standing characters, Bloomfield was just 19 years old when she first started on Shortland Street in 1993. During her time on the show, Rachel transformed from a school girl, into a university student, bar manager and later, a Shortland Street clinic employee.

“Being on telly for all of my 20s had its ups and downs,” says Bloomfield. “It was very rock and roll at the time, cool parties, money to buy cool clothes. Then there were the other days where you just don’t want people looking at you anymore.”

Bloomfield left briefly in 1999 and returned again between 2001 and 2002. After leaving the show as Rachel McKenna, Bloomfield decided to go behind-the-scenes and trained as a director on the show. She has also directed for local productions Go Girls and Jacksons Wharf.

“Being a director makes me a stronger actor,” says Bloomfield. “Whether it’s because I am constantly watching other actors and their choices, or because I’m older, I’m not sure.”

Bloomfield has also performed in a number of feature films including Bonjour Timothy and The Frighteners. She was also a contestant on the popular show Dancing with the Stars.

So what can audiences expect from Rachel McKenna’s return this time?

“Rachel arrives back in Ferndale on a mission to win back Chris Warner (Michael Galvin),” says Bloomfield. “Chris and she share a lot of history, and she’s decided that it’s time they get back together once and for all.”

Happy in his current relationship with Gabrielle (Virginie Le Brun), how will Dr Warner react when he realises what Rachel wants?

Tune in to Shortland Street this week, to catch Angela Bloomfield back in her role as Rachel McKenna.

If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Shortland Street will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.

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