These days, the Duchess of Sussex dedicates her time to attending public engagements with her red-haired prince charming most times by her side. Royalty came to take her away, leaving Suit fans with mixed feelings. Her engagement and subsequent marriage to British Prince Harry meant that she was kissing her Hollywood career goodbye, but not to worry, though her acting days are over, there are lots of Meghan Markle movies and TV shows to feed our eyes on for life.
Acting for Meghan Markle is innate, her father was a television director of photography and lighting director and as a result, Meghan spent a lot of time on the set of Married…with Children which is one of the shows her daddy worked on. She ultimately caught the acting bug and set out to make acting her career. Her professional acting career which would go on to last for a decade and a half began in 2002 when she made her debut as a nurse in an episode of the daytime medical drama General Hospital. A year later, she graduated from Northwestern University School of Communication with a double major in Theater and International Studies.
To support herself in the early years of her career, Meghan Markle worked as a freelance calligrapher. For the next couple of years, she continued to book bit parts on TV shows and once featured as one of the models holding up a suitcase in 34 episodes of the US TV game show, Deal or No Deal. Markle’s early struggle with booking parts was majorly due to her ambiguous skin color. Being a half Caucasian and half African-American, she didn’t appear white enough for white roles and black enough for black roles. She once described herself as the “ethnic chameleon who couldn’t book a job,” she said this in 2015, about four years into her breakthrough role as paralegal Rachael Zane in the hit USA legal series Suits.
Meghan Markle could have most likely gone on to become a more successful actress but destiny had other plans up her sleeves. Notwithstanding, Markle’s Suits role, as well as her skyrocketed popularity – thanks to her royal marriage, would always make her a name to be remembered in Hollywood. We take you through a summary and review of Meghan Markle’s movies and TV shows.
Meghan Markle Movies and TV Show Reviews and Summaries
General Hospital (2002)
Meghan Markle played the role of a nurse in this TV series which is renowned as the second longest-running show in America’s TV history. Her father, Thomas Markle Sr. worked behind the scenes as the light guy.
Century City (2004)
Long before Suits, Meghan Markle had a role in a legal drama titled Century City. She played the role of Natasha in the fourth episode of the first season titled, A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Lose. Meghan got to share the screen with renowned Oscar winner Viola Davis in the short-lived drama which is set in 2030 in the city of Los Angeles.
Cuts was a year-long running sitcom on UPN that followed the story of two people partnering to manage a hair salon and day spa business. Meghan’s role came in the 5th episode of the first season titled “My Boyfriend’s Back”, playing the role of Cori. The show which was a spin-off of another show One to One was canceled after UPN and WB merged to form CW.
A Lot Like Love (2005)
After three years in the industry, Meghan Markle got her feature film debut with a small role as a passenger on a plane in the romantic comedy-drama film A Lot Like Love which starred Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. Her character Natalie sits next to Kutcher in a plane but is being hit on by another guy sitting right across her. The film follows a story of two people whose relationship grows from lust to friendship and then romance. The film made $10 million more than its $30 million budget and received mixed reviews from critics.
Love, Inc. (2005)
Love, Inc. was a year-long UPN sitcom that featured an ensemble cast including Busy Phillips, Reagan Gomez-Preston, and Vince Vieluf, among others. The show follows a group of five matchmakers who work at a dating consultancy agency. Markle, in the 9th episode of the first season, portrays the role of a subway cashier named Teresa Santos and one of the clients of the dating agency has a crush on her.
The War at Home (2006)
This FOX sitcom created by Rob Lotterstein follows a dysfunctional family in Long Island and Markle appears as Susan in the 17th episode of the first season titled “The Seventeen-Year Itch.” Her character is seen flirting with her work colleague played by Michael Rapaport but ultimately reveals to him that she wants to hook him up with her mother.
CSI: NY (2007)
Markle appears in the season 3: episode 7 titled “Murder Sings the Blues” as Veronica Perez – a maid who gets interviewed by the NYPD following suspicions that she was involved in the murder of her lover.
Markle’s first TV film is about a man who, shortly after losing his father, relocates to his hometown and begins a romance with an old friend’s wife. Markle plays one of the lead roles, Gwen.
Good Behavior (2008)
Before they met up in Suits, Markle and Patrick J Adams (Mike Ross) shared their first set together in the crime drama TV film Good Behavior. Markle’s character is named Sadie Valencia.
‘Til Death (2008)
In the husband-and-wife-written Fox Sitcom which follows the lives of a couple who’ve been married for over 2 decades and have their home in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Meghan plays a car salesperson named Tara in S3E2.
Meghan Markle’s role as Wendy in the first two episodes of the first season of the 90210 reboot was perhaps one of her most talked-about after she became a royal. One of the scenes sees her character get dirty with a school mate.
The Apostles (2008)
The Apostles is a TV film about cops and Meghan plays Sophie Calhoun and gets to share the set with Leslie Hope, and Keith Robinson.
Knight Rider (2009)
In this year-long reboot of David Hasselhoff‘s original TV show, Meghan plays Annie Ortiz a cage fighter who is an ex-soldier.
Without a Trace (2009)
Meghan played the role of Holly Shepard in the season 7 episode 15 titled Chameleon which is about a missing college kid who is later discovered to be an impersonator of many identities.
Meghan Markle’s character of Junior FBI Agent Amy Jessup appears in the first and second episodes of the second season of the science-fiction show. She is part of a car accident investigation involving two of the show’s main cast.
The League (2009)
Interestingly, Meghan’s character in the sitcom about two adults addicted to Fantasy Football is also named Meghan, a divorced woman who doesn’t like to be called a divorcee.
Remember Me (2010)
In this coming-of-age romantic drama which was heavily criticized for exploiting the 9/11 attacks, Meghan’s character also named Megan is as a bartender. Produced by her first husband, Trevor Engelson, it also stars Robert Pattinson.
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
The Candidate (2010)
The Candidate is a short horror and sci-fi film about a businessman getting involved in an evil scheme concocted by an organization. Meghan is a secretary named Kat.
CSI: Miami (2010)
A list of Meghan Markle movies and TV shows includes quite a handful of roles with her portraying of a badass; her role as Officer Leah Montoya in the Season 8 episode 20 of this show is just one of them. She makes the daunting move of attempting to save a colleague from a burning house but got stuck on her way out and is in need of rescuing herself.
The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down (2010)
In this TV film based on a successful film of the same title, Meghan plays Dana a party-loving woman in her twenties who just loves hopping beds as much as doing drugs.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
Markle had a role as a FedEx girl in one of the most successful comedy films of 2011. Her character is being told by Jason Sudeikis’s character that she’s too pretty to be the delivery girl and should be a model or actress instead.
Suits (2011 – 2018)
On the list of Meghan Markle movies and TV shows, Suits stands out as her most famous. Her character Rachael Zane falls in love with a new employee who’d later reveal to her that he’s a fraud. Markle left in the 8th season following her engagement to Prince Harry. Suits would air the 9th and final season in 2019.
Dysfunctional Friends (2012)
Markle plays a minor role as a photographer in the drama-comedy film about a group of friends who reunite to benefit from their deceased friend’s inheritance.
Meghan Markle’s role is as a serial killer Charlotte Boyd/Sleeping Beauty in S4E17 of the mystery thriller which is about a novelist whose book about serial killers is played out IRL by a serial killer.
Random Encounters (2013)
Markle’ character is named Mindy, a bed-hoper and best friend to the film’s lead Laura who is in search of love.
When Sparks Fly (2014)
Markle played a reporter Amy Peterson who upon her return to her hometown to cover the 4th of July, finds herself falling for an old boyfriend who is now engaged to her best friend.
This is a Hungarian-British film said to be about the real-life events of the 2009 Graff Diamonds robbery and the 2013 Selfridges department store robbery. Markle’s character Kristen is dating a graffiti artist whose brother is a jewelry thief.
Dater’s Handbook (2016)
The list of Meghan Markle movies and TV shows includes not one but two Hallmark movies. In this one, she plays the lead Cassandra Brand who just keeps ending up with the wrong guys until she stumbles on a guide which opens to her the floodgates of men.
Meghan Markle Movies and TV Show – Reviews and Summary
Looking at all of Meghan Markle’s acting gigs above, it is clear to see that she had more success in TV shows than in movies. However, the former actress had only but minor roles in her small screen outings except for Suits which remains her overall best act. The show has received rave reviews from critics with a 91% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Fringe follows as second best with a 90% approval rating.
Among her TV movies, The Boys & Girls Guide to Getting Down takes the cake as the best as it won a whopping 5 independent film awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2006.
Meghan Markle’s best-rated movie is 2005 is A Lot Like Love with a 41% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. The film was equally fairly successful at the box office. Her lowest rated movies per Rotten Tomatoes are Remeber Me and Anti-Social with a review rating of 27% and 25% respectively.