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), the uptight fiancee in Woody Allen
's 2011 film Midnight in Paris,
and a newspaper reporter in 2015's Spotlight
(directed by Tom McCarthy
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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