Rachel Hurd-Wood was born in Streatham, South London on 17th August 1990. She is the daughter of Philip and Sarah Hurd-Wood and has a younger brother named Patrick. She lived in London till the age of eight, when she and her family moved to a Victorian cottage at the edge of a leafy forest in Godalming, Surrey. Rachel attended Rodborough Technology College in Milford, Surrey from 2001 to 2006 for her GCSEs in Art, English Literature, Psychology and Philosophy. She had tutored lessons during the filming of Peter Pan in Australia during 2002 to 2003 as her work lasted for a span of 8 to 9 months. Later Rachel attended Godalming College sixth-form from 2006 to 2008 to study for her GCE Advanced Levels in Art, Psychology and Philosophy.