Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Rakie’s full name is Rakie Olufunmilayo Ayola. Born in May 1968, in Cardiff, Wales to a Sierra Leonean mother and a Nigerian father of Yoruba descent, the Welsh actress attended Windsor Clive Primary and Glan Ely High School, and was a member of the Orbit Youth Theatre, South Glamorgan Youth Theatre, South Glamorgan Youth Choir and the National Youth Theatre of Wales.
She had her tertiary education at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, studying for a three-year acting diploma. Rakie began her career in the theatre, performing in a number of Shakespearean plays including Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth.She got married in 2004 to fellow actor Adam Smethurst and they are blessed with kids.