Rachel Lauren Stevens (born 9 April 1978) is an English singer, actress and occasional model. She is a former member, and one of the lead singers, of the successful pop group S Club (7), and launched a solo recording career in 2003, releasing seven singles and two albums in the UK between 2003 and 2005. In 2008, she came second in the sixth series of the BBC One series Strictly Come Dancing with her dance partner Vincent Simone.
Born in Southgate, London to a middle class Jewish family, she attended Ashmole School in London. At the age of fifteen, Stevens beat 5000 competitors in a modeling competition sponsored by Just 17 magazine. Following her first modeling jobs, she decided to study at the London School of Fashion and ended up working in public relations.
At the age of twenty one, Stevens became a member of the British pop group S Club 7, which were a BRIT Award-winning English pop group created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. The group rose to fame via their own BBC television programme and by selling 16 million records worldwide and launching four number one hit singles in the United Kingdom. S Club disbanded in 2003.