Rachel Sutherland (born 21st December 1966, Age: 26 years old) is an American post-production supervisor and the twin sister of actor Kiefer Sutherland.
Thanks to his iconic run as Jack Bauer on the hit TV series, 24, Keifer Sutherland is one of the most popular actors of his generation. His litany of fans happily gobble up every fact about him and ponder over the minutest detail about his life. There are however things that have gone under the radar, including the fact that Keifer actually has a twin sister named Rachel Sutherland.
Just like her famous brother, Rachel is also involved in the movie industry as a post-production supervisor. She however rarely courts the spotlight and has remained a mystery over the years. She is nevertheless close to her brother and he has credited her with coming through for him at the most difficult times of his life.
Rachel Sutherland is the Daughter of Donald Sutherland, an Award-Winning Actor
Rachel Sutherland was born on the 21st of December 1966 in London, United Kingdom. Her full name at birth is actually Rachel Elizabeth Maria Teresa Dorothy Isabelle Sutherland. She has Canadian-British-American nationality and this is thanks to her parents Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas. Rachel Sutherland’s father is one of the finest actors that Hollywood has ever seen.
In a career spanning five decades, he has featured in several popular movies such as Threshold, Citizen X, Path to War, A Time To Kill, The Italian Job, The Day of the Locust, and The Hunger Games. He has also appeared in TV series such as Crossing Lines, Trust, and The Undoing. Donald Sutherland has received many awards in the course of his career, including one Primetime Emmy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and the 2021 Critics’ Choice Television Award for best supporting actor in a limited series.
Rachel Sutherland’s Mother, Shirley Douglas, is Also a Well-known Actress and Activist
Rachel Sutherland’s mom is the late actress and activist – Shirley Douglas. The late Douglas studied and honed her craft at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London before commencing her career in the 1950s. She appeared in TV series such as The Silver Surfer, Flash Gordon, The Path To 9/11, and Wind at my Back. She also appeared in several stage productions, as well as many movies, including Dead Ringers, Shadow Dancing, Woman Wanted, Lolita, and The Shower.
Beyond her acting prowess, the late Shirley Douglas was also a passionate activist on issues such as universal health care, women’s rights, and immigrant rights. She also supported the civil rights movement without fear of being blacklisted. Her activities saw her arrested by the FBI and charged to court but she did not despair as she was doing something she believed in. Shirley Douglas passed away as a result of complications from pneumonia in 2020. She was 85 years old.
Rachel Sutherland Grew up in Toronto After Her Parent’s Divorce
Rachel Sutherland spent the first three years of her life living with her parents in places such as London and Los Angeles. Her parents later separated when she was three years old and she and her twin brother spent a couple of months with their dad. Their mom however returned for them and took them to Canada in the early 70s. Rachel Sutherland thus largely grew up with her mom in the Canadian city of Toronto.
Her father made an effort to be present in her life but his busy schedule as an actor, as well as the fact that they resided in different countries, complicated matters. Rachel rarely got to see her dad while growing and this may have made her resentful. She however had to cope with the cards that life had dealt. She completed her education at a high school and possibly obtained a college diploma. She also made efforts to reconcile with her dad as she reached her late teens.
She is a Post-Production Manager and Has Worked on Several Canadian Productions
While her brother and dad are famous screen stars, Rachel Sutherland has chosen to earn her living from behind the cameras as a post-production manager. Before getting to this impressive role, Rachel Sutherland commenced her career by working as a casting assistant on the TV series, Beyond Reality, in 1991. From there onward, she worked in the costume, camera, and art departments of the 1997 film, Truth or Consequences, N.M. All these helped her to gain experience which enabled her to become a post-production supervisor.
Rachel Sutherland has served as a post-production supervisor on several Canadian and Hollywood TV series such as The Zack Files, Radio Free Roscoe, Darcy’s Wild Life, Wild Roses, The Kennedys, Lost Girl, Nurses, and Pretty Hard Cases. She has also fulfilled a similar role in movies such as You Might As Well Live, Real Time, Away From Her, etc. One of the movies that Rachel Sutherland is famous for is the 2009 romantic drama, Cairo Time.
Cairo Time revolves around a lady who embarks on a brief and passionate affair with her husband’s friend. The movie featured the likes of Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Siddig and received good reviews from critics. It also won some accolades, including the best Canadian film at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Rachel Sutherland Has a Total of Five Siblings, Including Four Half Brothers
Rachel Sutherland has a total of five siblings. The closest is obviously her twin brother, Keifer. Another is her older half-brother named Thomas Emil Sicks. Thomas is her maternal half-brother from her mother’s first marriage to Canadian brewery hair, Timothy Emil. Rachel Sutherland also has three younger half brothers from her father’s third marriage to actress, Francine Racette. They are Rossif, Angus, and Roeg Sutherland. Rachel has been pictured with her half-brothers on a few occasions which indicates that she has some relations with them. She however maintains a close relationship with her twin brother, Keifer Sutherland.
Even though they are rarely spotted together in public, they nevertheless share a close bond. Keifer has revealed that having a twin has taught him the value of companionship and that every time he has a problem, he can easily turn to his left and share it.
The actor has also shared that Rachel has always been there to support him even when he wasn’t a pleasant person. According to him, she is a lot stronger than he is and has helped him through rough times. This has made him appreciate all her kindness and he loves her.
Kiefer Sutherland’s Twin Sister Prefers Living Her Life Out of the Spotlight
Rachel Sutherland could have easily taken advantage of her father’s or brother’s fame to become a very popular personality herself but she has chosen not to do so. She prefers living her life out of the spotlight and is rarely spotted on the red carpet or at industry events.
This makes it difficult to know what she is up to in her personal life. As a result, it is not known whether Rachel Sutherland is married or not. It is very much possible that she is married and even has kids but there is no confirmation to that effect. She cannot be found on any social media platform.