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Rachelle Roderick is the actress who played a Romulan senator in Star Trek Nemesis. As a background actress she received no credit for her performance.

Roderick attended and earned her BA in Mass Communications and her BA in Journalism from the New Mexico State University. She studied acting under coaches Allan Miller and Jose Quintero and comedy under David Ogden Stiers. She also studied stunt performance at the Academy of Theatrical Combat in Hollywood. During her time at the New Mexico State University she performed in the stage plays "A Flea in Her Ear", "Calm Down Mother", and "The Bald Soprano". Further credits include the plays "Anne of 1000 Days" and "Agnes of God".

Her skills as equestrian expert, with bullwhips, and her stunt experience led her the way to a recurring background part as a townswoman in the wetsern drama series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman where she acted alongside regulars Joe Lando, Chad Allen, Erika Flores, Barbara Babcock, Frank Collison, and Hélène Udy between 1993 and 1998. Further acting work in the '90s include the crime drama Fun (1994, with Leslie Hope), the Winnetka Road episode "The White Zone" (1994, starring Ed Begley, Jr. and Catherine Hicks), Garry Marshall's comedy Exit to Eden (1994, with Iman, Stephanie Niznik, Rosemary Forsyth, and Keegan de Lancie), Roland Emmerich's science fiction blockbuster Independence Day (1996), and the comedy High School High (1996, with Louise Fletcher, John Neville, Marco Rodriguez, and Nicholas Worth).

Following background parts in three Angel episodes in 2001 (along Trek performers Daniel Dae Kim, Tom McCleister, Jackson Bolt, and Jamie McShane), an episode of The West Wing (2003, with Matt McCoy, Timothy Davis-Reed, and Ron Ostrow), and a featured part as warrior woman in the fantasy action film The Scorpion King (2002, starring The Rock and with Branscombe Richmond, Joseph Ruskin, Scott L. Schwartz, Diana R. Lupo, Nikki Flux, and Lynn Salvatori), Roderick was cast as a recurring Carnivàle woman in the mystery series Carnivàle (2003) where she appeared in six episodes along Adrienne Barbeau, Michael J. Anderson, Clancy Brown, Diane Salinger, and John Savage.

Further appearances include the action thriller Torque (2004, with Adam Scott and Adam Harrington), Sam Raimi's superhero sequel Spider-Man 2 (2004, with Kirsten Dunst, Donna Murphy, and Daniel Dae Kim), episodes of Las Vegas (2004, with Nikki Cox, Spencer Garrett, and Matt Winston) and Expeditions to the Edge (2004-2005), Steven Spielberg's science fiction remake War of the Worlds (2005, with Stephen Gevedon, Becky Ann Baker, and Dendrie Taylor), and the sport comedy Stick It (2006, with Julie Warner and Rif Hutton).

More recently she portrayed a lawyer in the thriller Last Will.

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