Rachel De Thame (born Rachel Cohen, London, UK, October 1961) is a British TV presenter, specialising in gardening programmes.


Rachel studied ballet to a professional standard at the Royal Ballet School, but after a prolonged bout of glandular fever was forced to give up her dream of a dancing career.

Rachel then turned her studies to History of Art at London's City Lit and spent a short period working for a well-respected international firm of art dealers in London. However, she was soon spotted by a modelling agency and went on to enjoy a successful modelling career.

A major part of Rachel's modelling included appearances in TV adverts, with occasional appearances as a magician's assistant on various TV shows, and casting agents soon began to suggest Rachel for acting roles. By 1988, Rachel had appeared in the mini-series Merlin and in the British feature film Bodywork. In both of these productions, she is credited as "Rachel Colover".

However, as a long-term career, acting was not Rachel’s ideal choice so late in 1998 she enrolled at the English Gardening School, indulging an inherited passion from her father who is an exceptional gardener. Graduating with a distinction in Practical Horticulture and Plants & Plantsmanship, auditions for BBC2’s Gardeners' World followed and the rest, as they say is history.

Besides her regular slot on Gardeners' World, Rachel filmed her own series for the BBC, Small Town Gardens. In 2002, 2003 and 2004, she presented Hampton Court and Chelsea as part of the RHS output on BBC 2.

Rachel writes a bi-monthly horticultural article for the Saturday Telegraph, Amateur Gardening and Woman’s Own.

Rachel is married to her second husband, Gerard De Thame, has four children and lives in London.


  • Rachel married her first husband, Stephen Colover, in June 1986. They had two children, Lauren and Joe, and divorced around 1993.
  • She has very long black hair, and usually wears a pair of large gold hoop earrings.