Looking back at the soon-to-be royal's acting career.
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Published April 26, 2018
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Like a lot of kids in L.A., Meghan Markle grew up — at least partially — on a soundstage. Her father, Thomas Markle, was director of photography for the long-running Fox sitcom "Married... With Children," and Markle often tagged along for days at the office. So it wasn't such a stretch when the Northwestern University graduate (double major in international studies and theater) pursued a career in front of the camera.
Now, after 15 years in the industry, Markle will take on a very different role: as a royal. With her marriage to Prince Harry on May 19, Markle will officially retire as an actress to perform her official duties. It's a transition Markle appears keen to make.
"I don't see it as giving anything up. I just see it as a change," she told the BBC in a joint interview with Harry. "Also, keep in mind, I had been working on ['Suits'] for seven years. So we were very, very fortunate to be able to have that sort of longevity on a series... I feel very proud of the work I had done there and now it's time to work as team with [Harry]."
With that, FOTO presents a look back at Markle's acting career, one last time. (Pictured: Markle with co-star Patrick J. Adams on "Suits.")
DEAL OR NO DEAL, 2006-07While Markle's first TV appearance was on an episode of the daytime soap "General Hospital," her first regular gig was as Briefcase Model No. 24 (with brief stints as Briefcase Model Nos. 11 and 12) on the NBC game show "Deal or No Deal." "I went from working in the U.S. Embassy in Argentina to ending up on 'Deal,'" Markle recalled to Esquire in 2013. "[It] was a learning experience, and it helped me to understand what [kind of acting roles] I would rather be doing."
FOXFRINGE, 2009After "Deal," Markle would land a slew of guest-starring roles on shows like "CSI: NY," "CSI: Miami," "90210," and "The League." In 2009 she scored a two-episode arc on the Fox sci-fi series "Fringe," playing an FBI special agent.USA Network/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesSUITS, 2011-18Markle's big break came courtesy of the USA Network legal drama "Suits," in which she played paralegal-turned-lawyer Rachel Zane. Markle's final episode aired April 25 and found her character marrying longtime love Mike Ross (Adams). Well played, USA.Copyright 2014 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Diyah PerraWHEN SPARKS FLY, 2014While on hiatus from "Suits," Markle kept busy by shooting small foreign films and made-for-TV movies. In Hallmark Channel's "When Sparks Fly," Markle plays a "big-city journalist" who returns home and reconnects with her small-town sweetheart.
Copyright 2015 Crown Media United States, LLC/Photographer: Liane HentscherDATER'S HANDBOOK, 2016Markle returned to the network two years later for "Dater's Handbook," in which her character turns to a relationship guru for love advice and ends up torn between two men. In real life, however, it looks like Markle can safely throw her dater's handbook away.