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Shortland Street’s Angela Bloomfield through the years

As the actress leaves Shortland Street for the final time, we look back at her career to date.

Having started on Shortland Street 23 years ago – when she was still a teenager – Angela Bloomfield has lived her whole adult life in the public eye.

As Rachel McKenna, the 43-year-old has been a surly teen, a sassy girlfriend and wife, an alcoholic and the hospital’s CEO.

She has come and gone from the show a number of times, most recently returning in 2009, but now the actress is waving goodbye once more.

Take a look at some of her famous moments through the years.

Angela started on Shortland Street in 1993.

With Nick, played by Karl Burnett.


“I’m a bit of a workaholic, so three years at home was enough for me,” says Angela of her decision to return to Shortland Street, first as a director and then to play Rachel McKenna.


Angela talked to Women’s Weekly about her work life balance with her then-husband, Chris.

“Oops let this one slip out as well!” with co-stars Amanda Billing and Amelia Reid.

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On the next slide, Angela farewell’s Shortland Street for the first time, before later returning.

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Shortland Street Goodbye Rachel McKenna Promo


“I suppose he’s my work husband,” said Angela in 2009, of her Shortland Street husband Michael Galvin

In her wedding dress for Rachel’s marriage to Chris.

“Schools out for Summer…”

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What’s your beauty secret?

In 2014 we asked Angela for her beauty secrets. “It’s not much of a secret, but it does work. Wear sunscreen and look after your skin. By look after, I mean, cleanse, tone and moisturise and invest in a good eye cream. The skin around your eyes is more sensitive and therefore needs a different cream.”

On the next slide, Angela’s character Rachel breezes back onto the Shortland Street screen.

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Rachel McKenna returns to Shortland Street – October 2009

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“Once you’ve turned 40 it’s like, ‘What was all that about?’ Nothing is any different.”

“Took time out yesterday to talk books, babies, acting and the future with this guy @idodrent

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“Let’s see that kiss one more time #shortlandstreet” On-screen with Grace Palmer, who plays Lucy.

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“Raven haired #changeisgood” Life after Shortland Street for the star.

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Shortland St 15th Anniversary

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