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Name: Rachel Posner
Alias(es): Sapphire
Status: Alive
Date of birth: February 23, 1990 (Age 24)
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Residence(s): Lynchburg, VA,
Washington, D.C.,
Joppa, MD
Profession: Escort/Prostitute, Waitress, Call Center Worker
Mother: Cheryl Posner
Played by: Rachel Brosnahan
Seasons: 1, 2
First episode: "Chapter 1"
Appears in: 2 seasons, 9+ episodes

Rachel Posner is a former prostitute, who eventually bonded with Doug Stamper.


Rachel tells Stamper that she's from just outside Lynchburg, Virginia. She dropped out of Lorimer High School during her sophomore year and ran away from home after refusing to testify against her physically abusive father. She was arrested in April 2012 by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for loitering at the District Grand Hotel, 2460 Connecticut Avenue.

Season 1Edit

Peter Russo hired Rachel for a night in early January 2013, where he was arrested for DUI with her in the passenger seat. Doug Stamper later met up with Rachel, and gave her $10,000 cash to keep quiet about Russo. During this encounter he pays Rachel separately to sleep with him.

Later, Doug and Rachel met again. Doug here talked to Nancy Kaufberger, and asked her if Rachel could move in with her, and Nancy consented.

Doug Stamper defends her against a sleazy boss who tried to approach her sexually. He lays down the law and makes it clear that Rachel will be working there without sexual harassment. 

Stamper later gives Posner a new lease on life, setting her up with a new apartment and job as a waitress in an upmarket Georgetown restaurant. It is later revealed that this was the precursor to them asking one last favor of her: seduce Peter Russo one last time. As the series progresses, her character ceases to stay quiet and it is revealed that she's actually quite clever.  Rachel seduces Russo the night before he is to have an important radio interview. She encourages him to drink alcohol into the early morning, leading to a poor performance on the radio. This causes Russo's chances of being governor to end, and he spirals out of control until he is eventually killed by Frank Underwood.

Season 2Edit

Rachel is then moved by Doug Stamper out of Washington DC, to an apartment in Joppa, Maryland, a significant enough distance from the D.C. area. Rachel is intentionally isolated by Stamper, and he begins to develop an infatuation with her. In AA he admits he's addicted to her like he was to alcohol. He often stops by her apartment, making sure she develops no relationships, and asking her to read to him.


Rachel meets Lisa.

Despite Stamper's efforts, Rachel develops a friendship with a woman she meets on a city bus, Lisa Williams. She also begins attending Lisa's church, the Fellowship. Lisa becomes Rachel's roommate, when Lisa's roommate starts smoking meth. They start having an intimate relationship when they find out they trust and care deeply for each other. Stamper finds out about the relationship and orders Rachel to end it, because he wants to be the only person Rachel needs. She breaks up with Lisa for her safety. He then gets her from bed in the middle of the night, drive her out to nowhere, not saying anything. She jumps out of the car and runs into the woods. Doug follows. "Rachel, don't be stupid". Rachel leaps out of the shadows and hits him on the head with a large rock. "Rachel, stop, what-" she hits him again, knocking him to the ground. Rachel looks at Doug, her expression is terror. She immediately sprints to Doug's car and drives off. The next morning we see Doug's body, his eyes staring out, half closed, unblinking, with bloody gash, as a helicopter hovers overhead.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Rachel Posner was portrayed by Rachel Brosnahan in Seasons 1 and 2 of House of Cards.


Season 1
"Chapter 1" "Chapter 2" "Chapter 3" "Chapter 4" "Chapter 5"
"Chapter 6" "Chapter 7" "Chapter 8" "Chapter 9" "Chapter 10"
"Chapter 11" "Chapter 12" "Chapter 13"
Season 2
"Chapter 14" "Chapter 15" "Chapter 16" "Chapter 17" "Chapter 18"
"Chapter 19" "Chapter 20" "Chapter 21" "Chapter 22" "Chapter 23"
"Chapter 24" "Chapter 25" "Chapter 26"

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