Rachel Ward, Actress: Against All Odds. Rachel Ward was born on September 12, 1957 in Cornwell Manor, Cornwell, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England as Rachel Claire Ward. She is an actress and director, known for Against All Odds (1984), Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) and On the Beach (2000). She has been married to Bryan Brown since April 16, 1983. They have three children.