Rachna Khatau is an Indian American actress, singer, and TV host who has inspired audiences with her performances ever since childhood (when she forgot her one line in a park district play).
She can currently be seen recurring on Baby Daddy (on Freeform, formerly ABC Family) as Sondra, the over zealous neighbor. Her next episode airs March 9, 2016.
Other TV credits include Days of Our Lives (NBC), Robin Cook’s Foreign Body (Michael Eisner/Big Fantastic), Reality Inc (September Films), and in 2012, she was signed to a Talent Deal with ABC/ABC Studios.
Rachna closed out 2015 shooting a network pilot on the east coast, and a proof of concept pilot in Los Angeles. In 2016, Rachna can be seen in the short film Father(s) Day at the San Luis Obispo Film Festival. She will also be published in a book of essays written by South Asian American women.
As an improviser and sketch comedian, Rachna has performed MR. (with the period), a two-woman show she co-wrote (directed by Emmy-nominated writer Matt Craig (SNL, Wabbit)) to sold-out crowds in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Austin.
At the Second City Hollywood, Rachna has appeared in numerous premium shows including Cancer! The Musical (currently extended through May!), Requiem for the American Dream: The Best of The Second City directed by MADtv alum Frank Caeti, and as Huma Abedin (yup, Anthony Weiner’s wife) in President Hillary.
Rachna starred in two world premiere plays at the renowned East West Players theatre in Los Angeles -- the farcical comedy Washer/Dryer, for which she was awarded a Scenie for Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Comedy), and A Nice Indian Boy, for which she was awarded a Scenie for Memorable Performance by a Lead Actress (Comedy).
As a singer, Rachna was previously signed to a record deal with a subsidiary label of Universal Records, and once went bowling with Lil Wayne.
Rachna has hosted more than 80 live shows and worked as a red carpet correspondent for Extra. She holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California.
A community-service enthusiast, Rachna regularly volunteers with The Art of Elysium performing for kids with intellectual disabilities, Laughter for a Change performing improv for the patients and families at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Young Storytellers performing screenplays written by low-income students.
Born in the UK, and raised in Chicago, Rachna now lives in Los Angeles.