Gayle Rankin – Bio, Family, Facts About The Actress

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There are actors that prefer to play it safe and there are those that go all out. In the second category is where you find Gayle Rankin who doesn’t fear taking extreme roles. She is a Scottish actress who has done everything from film to TV and even Stage. Gayle is popular for her roles in GLOW where she appears as Sheila the She-Wolf as well as in The Greatest Showman playing the role of Queen Victoria.

Inasmuch as her career only began in 2012, she has already appeared in a good number of productions and has taken some roles that would keep her around for a very long time.

Gayle Rankin – Bio

It was in Scotland on September 1, 1989, that Gayle Rankin was born outside of Glasgow. She was brought up there in Paisley by her parents together with her older sister.

When she was a little girl, her parents and grandparents would always go out to watch movies and musicals; soon began to develop an interest in performance. She was fascinated by great actresses such as Doris Day, Judy Garland, and Sophia Loren. Gradually, she would later start her career in theatre before making it to the screen.

After spending the first 16 years of her life in Paisley, she moved to the United States, where she enrolled at the Juilliard School in New York. With that, she became the first ever Scot to gain acceptance into the prestigious art school.

Soon after she graduated, she started her career off-Broadway before making her Broadway debut as a prostitute in Cabaret. In 2012, she appeared in her first film Warfield, taking the role of Molly and then in the 2013 film, Frank the Bastard where she appears as Mary. In the same year, Gayle was also in the short film It Goes Quiet as Joanie.

She continued with other roles until 2017 when she got what was her biggest film role of Queen Victoria in The Greatest Showman. In the same year, she was also in The Meyerowitz Stories as Pam. Other appearances she has made are in Irreplaceable You, In a Relationship, Her Smell, and Health to the King all in 2018 and then Blow the Man Down in 2019.

Gayle Rankin also made her TV debut in 2012 when she appeared in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Holly Schneider. In 2013, she was in the TV pilot of The Missionary as Molly Elbridge. Even without too much experience on TV, she had already proven herself as an actress and so it was not surprising that she got the role of Sheila the She-Wolf in the Netflix series GLOW in 2017 which happens to be one of her biggest appearances.


As already pointed out, the actress came from a very small family that only had her parents and her older sister. The Greatest Showman actress has revealed that she is very close to her parents and sister as well as her grandparents.

With that said, she is still not married neither does she has any kids. Gayle is someone who prefers to keep her personal life away from the media and because of that, there is close to nothing that is known about her relationship life. The speculation, however, is that she may be single at the moment.

Facts About The Actress

1. How She Prepared for Sheila the She-Wolf

In preparation for her role in GLOW, Gayle Rankin trained as a wrestler under American professional wrestler and actor Chavo Guerrero Jr. According to the former WWE wrestler, before the show started production, Rankin spent four weeks training with him. Her training definitely paid off.

2. Theatre

As stated, Gayle has also appeared in some theatre productions. One of her popular works in that regards was her portrayal of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  She was also in the productions of The Mystery of Love & Sex, The Illusion, and The Seagull.

3. Height and Weight

A pretty woman, the Scottish actress is not the tallest actress around. She stands at a height of 5 feet 5 inches (170 cm) and she has a body weight of 60 Kg. Her general body measurements have not been listed but she has dark brown hair and her eye color is blue.

4. Net Worth

The net worth of Gayle Rankin is still not known at the moment, even though some unconfirmed sources place her at under $1 million US dollars.

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