Plays: Rachel Green
Hometown: Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.A
Anniston was involved in four unsuccessful television series’, before joining the cast of Friends.
To make ends meet, she worked as a telemarketer, a waitress and a bike messenger.
Deflated, she approached the head of NBC Entertainment at a gas station. He encouraged her to keep acting, and helped her get the role of Rachel a few months later.
Her performance as Rachel won Anniston an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
In between seasons, she starred in Hollywood blockbusters including Bruce Almighty, Rumour Has It and Along Came Polly,
In 2005, she held the Guinness World Record for the highest paid TV actress, earning US$1 million for each episode of Friends.
Anniston’s first movie after Friends finished was The Break-Up, opposite Vince Vaughan.
She went on to star in Hollywood favourites Marley & Me,He’s Just Not That Into You,Just Go With It, and We’re the Millers.
Anniston won another Emmy for her guest performance on the sitcom 30 Rock. She also guest-starred alongside her real-life friend Courtney Cox, in Cougar Town.
In 2012, she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Anniston’s personal life has been in the spotlight a lot, particularly when she separated from her Hollywood-actor husband, Brad Pitt. She remarried in 2015, to director and screenwriter Justin Theroux.
Anniston is also heavily involved with a number of charities, including Stand Up Cancer, Doctors Without Borders, Comic Relief, Red Cross and many more.