Rachel Lynde is the Avonlea town gossip and best friend of Marilla Cuthbert. She is outspoken, opinionated, long-winded and matter-of-fact. A capable woman she makes it her business to know everything about other people. Anne and Rachel get off on the wrong foot, but they eventually make peace with one another and wind up becoming closer than either of them ever imagined.
Patricia Hamilton has played Rachel Lynde in all of all four Anne films and its long-running spin off series Road to Avonlea. She also provided the voice of the character for PBS animated series Anne of Green Gables. She was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series three times, winning in 1996.