Meghan played a nurse

As Meghan Markle gets ready to marry Prince Harry this Saturday, we shouldn’t forget that before (very soon!) becoming a member of the royal family, she was a TV actress and her first role was in the US equivalent of Casualty!

Meghan, now 36, played a nurse called Jill in two episodes of General Hospital back in 2001. And her father, Thomas Markle, was also a lighting director on the show. Meghan had just a few lines and was seen behind the desk answering telephone calls. She was just 20 at the time and you can spy a very ancient looking computer in the background.

According to the casting director, Mark Teschner, Meghan originally came in for a smaller part, but they were impressed enough by her to give her a beefed up role with some actual lines (hoo-ray!). She was still an “under five” actress, he told ABC, meaning she had five lines or less.

But landing a part in such a prestigious show – General Hospital  is the longest-running American soap – was a major coup for Meghan.

Meghan then landed a string of parts including playing a maid in CSI: NY and army girl Annie Ortiz in a reboot of Knight Rider. She also popped up on gameshow Deal or No Deal, before getting her big break in 2011 when she landed the role of Rachel Zane in the US series Suits.

Meghan of course was seen making her final appearance in Suits back in April. And she’s certainly got a starring role this Saturday!

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