Rachel Nichols has credits that go all the way back to 2000. Her big breakthrough, however, was in 2005, when she starred in two different TV shows simultaneously for a total of 30 episodes in 2005 and 2006.
The first role was in the short-lived “The Inside,” which saw her as main character Special Agent Rebecca Locke, who was abducted when she was 10 years old and spent 18 months in captivity before escaping (via PopGurls). She starred alongside a multitude of names known in the industry, including Adam Baldwin (“Independence Day,” “The Patriot”), Peter Coyote (“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “A Walk to Remember”), and Garret Dillahunt (“12 Years a Slave,” “No Country for Old Men”).
At the same time, Nichols became a regular in the final season of “Alias” alongside Jennifer Garner. Her character, Rachel Gibson, began as an operative for the criminal organization the Shed under Gordon Dean (Tyrees Allen), who recruited her under the guise of it being a black-ops division of the CIA. After discovering the truth, however, she took the Shed — and eventually Dean himself — down. Viewers spent the final season learning that Gibson’s life paralleled Sydney Bristow’s (Garner) in many ways. They became friends, colleagues, and roommates. In the finale, it is revealed she moved on to deep undercover operations for the CIA.