Rachel Melvin was born on February 9, 1985 in Elmhurst, Illinois, U.S., is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Chelsea Brady on Days of our Lives (2005–2009).
Melvin was born in Elmhurst, Illinois but moved to Phoenix, Arizona at age four. She was raised in Phoenix. She has an older sister named Jessica. She graduated from Mountain Pointe High School in 2003. She passed up a full scholarship to college so that she could move to California to pursue an acting career. Rachel went to the casino in Phoenix one night and won six hundred dollars playing bingo. It was the night before they changed the legal gambling age from 18 to 21. She used her money to move to Los Angeles. She took acting classes every weekend. Her idols include Meryl Streep, Mary Louise Parker, Anne Hathaway, Cynthia Nixon and Toni Colette.
She now resides in Los Angeles, California.
Melvin is a supporter of the American Diabetes Association, as well as various animal charities.
She landed her first acting job in the 2005 independent film Boo. She later won the role of Georgia LaMarque, a French girl whom Bo and Billie had been falsely led to believe was their daughter on the NBC soap opera Days of our Lives, but only appeared in five episodes. Months later she took over the role of Chelsea Brady. She and her dog were seen on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, when she was randomly interviewed at a gas station for a segment. Melvin has also guest-starred on Summerland, Jack & Bobby and 8 Simple Rules. With her family, she has also appeared on Family Feud.
In 2010, Melvin starred as Kaia in Seven Deadly Sins which premiered on Lifetime along side Dreama Walker. The 1st part premiered on May 23 while the 2nd part premiered on May 24, 2010.
In 2011, Melvin appeared in episodes of House M.D. and Castle.