Rachel Laurence appeared on Coronation Street in four roles:
- Mrs Houghton, whose daughter Lucy also started at Bessie Street School in September 1981 on the same day as Tracy Langton
- Miss Weatherfield, who was in attendance at the Autumn Fayre held at the Community Centre in October 1983
- Maureen Talbot, an applicant for the position of barmaid at the Rovers in March 1989
- Detective Inspector Chambers, who interviewed Mike Baldwin on charges of fraud in June 1993.
Graduating from the Webber Douglas Academy in 1978, her other credits include roles in Angels, How We Used to Live, Josie Smith, G.B.H., Grange Hill, Cold Feet, Doctors, Mersey Beat and the films Gunpowder and Business As Usual.
On stage she has appeared in productions of Feed and Mapp and Lucia Ahoy!, as well as appearing in her own adaptations of The Key to the Garden, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard and The Ladies of Cranford - A Celebration of a Certain Age.