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Raechelle Banno


28 April 1993
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (age 24)



Years of active



Karina Banno (twin sister)


Olivia Fraser Richards

Raechelle Jasmine Banno is an Australian actress, dancer, writer and model. She played Olivia Fraser Richards on Home and Away in 2015 to 2018. She's the second actress to play Olivia, replacing Ivy Latimer, who played Olivia on the show in 2005.

Early Life

Raechelle Banno was born in Sydney, Australia in 1993. She is one of three children born to Joanne Banno; her elder sister is Stephanie Banno, and her identical twin sister is actress Karina Banno.[1] During her primary education, she attended Fairfield West Public School, and Fairvale High School in her teenage years, in which she graduated in 2010[2].


Banno commenced her career as a dancer at the age of three, following the completion of FATD Jazz and Tap exams ad, and all her RAD ballet exams until her 'Intermediate' grade, and in her later years she additionally participated in hip-hop classes while at dance school teaching ballet and contemporary dance to 9-12 year olds.[3]. She subsequently went on to become a model from the age of nine, appearing for the Australian counterpart of British Boden's subsidiary Mini Boden, [4] King Cow, Little Romeo, Barbie and Total Girl Magazine.[5][3]

Banno's acting began in 2012, having taken courses at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).[6] Initially appearing in commercials for companys such as McDonald's and Vodafone,[6] she moved onto television roles, first debuting in an episode of the 7Two children's drama series In Your Dreams and the pilot episode of Karralak in 2014, a series which has not yet been screened.[7] Since 2013, Banno began appearing in short films, and had written and produced the short film Exopsure, with was directed by her sister, Karina.

In 2015, it was announced that Banno had joined the cast of Seven Network soap opera Home and Away, in which she would receive the role of Olivia Fraser Richards, the daughter of Chloe Richards. The character was originally played various actresses since her birth in 1998, including Ivy Latimer who portrayed the role in 2005. Banno made her first appearance during the 28th season of the series on 28 October 2015 in episode 6313. Her first important storyline in the show highlighted the issue of self-harm and child abuse, in which it had been discovered that Olivia had been cutting herself due to the trauma of being sexually abused by her uncle's friend as a child.[8]



  • (2013) Exposure - Young Edie
  • (2017) Second Best - Nouchka Bortsov
  • (2018) Phenomena - Emma




  • Raechelle is close and best friends with Scott Lee and Johnny Ruffo.