Even as a small child, modern-day adventurer, actress, author and entrepreneur Rachel Grant was keen to learn what was over the next hill, behind the hidden doorway or lurking in the great beyond.
Now, as an adult, this actress-turned-social-advocate has translated her passion for travel into a world-spanning career marked by appearances as a seductive Bond femme fatale in “Die Another Day;” host of a travel show onboard Cathy Pacific Airways; Global Ambassador for Human Nature; contributing editor for Travelife magazine; and co-founder of Furry Kind promoting kindness to animals, humans and our environment.
Born on the island of Luzon in the Philippines and raised in the United Kingdom, former international beauty queen and Miss Hawaiian Tropic, Grant has logged expeditions to six continents and 70 countries. But while some actresses may be content simply to play colorful characters, Grant actually is translating her varied interests into a globetrotting existence full of extraordinary exploits that even a real-life Bond girl would have trouble emulating. She was one of the team leaders of a daring subterranean river exploration that discovered and publicized the uncharted Angel Cave in Bani, Philippines.
Grant is an athlete and aficionado of the martial arts, studying with Grandmaster Dan Inosanto, a renowned student of Bruce Lee. She has graced the covers of international magazines, filmed demonstration on historic Asian weaponry, and performed stunts in movies, including death-defying car chases and spins in The Tournament, and working as a body double for Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
The intrepid explorer combines her fervent love of exotic locales and little-known destinations with myriad compassionate causes around the world, authoring the book “Making a Difference” about the positive ventures and good works she has encountered during her travels. Rachel was moved by the poverty and suffering she has witnessed in various regions that she dedicated herself to helping disadvantaged communities and currently is building a school in Bani, Philippines, to serve 150 children who were typhoon victims. Grant’s efforts and philanthropy have been acclaimed by world leaders: in 2012 she was personally invited by Hillary Clinton to Washington DC to attend a private function with the President of the Philippines in recognition of her charity work and achievements.
Grant also serves as a global ambassador for the Philippines' leading social enterprise Human Nature cosmetics, creating jobs within underprivileged communities in the Philippines. In 2012, inspired by the works of Human Nature, Rachel launched her own eco-friendly pet products line, Furry Kind, in partnership with the firm, promoting good works and good will to animals, humans and the environment. She continues to seek new adventures and pursue novel opportunities that combine her zeal for exploring with her generosity of spirit.
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