Rachel Joy Shenton (born 21 December 1987) is an English actress who has appeared in a number of British television series, commercials, and films. She is currently portraying Mitzeee on Hollyoaks.
Shenton was born in Stoke-on-Trent and has lived in the suburb of Blythe Bridge. She attented two high schools, one in Cheadle. In between acting roles she worked for the charity Deaflinks as a volunteer receptionist for eighteen months.
Shenton's acting career began with small recurring parts in various television series such as Holby City and Waterloo Road.She also filmed various television commercials for the Ministry of Defence, DFS and Sega Superstars Tennis and appeared in four films.
She continued recurring appearances in 2008 appearing in Nickelodeon's series Genie in the House and Five's Sophia's Diary. In April 2010, it was announced that Shenton had been cast in Hollyoaks as Mitzeee Minniver, a wannabe glamour model. Shenton described her character as being the complete opposite of her. Her casting came as part of new producer Paul Marquess' major revamp of the serial. Before her character had appeared on-screen Shenton received media attention for her image, with tabloids reporting on her likeness to Cheryl Cole.
Shenton described the attention and comparisons as "very flattering".
When Shenton was twelve, her father became deaf after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Following the death of her father, Shenton learned sign language and qualified as an interpreter at 16. It was at this point that Shenton began working with Deaflink. In March 2011, Shenton completed a skydive in aid of National Deaf Children's Society. In February 2012, Shenton announced that she was due to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the charity.