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Biography

A natural-born scene stealer, this versatile actress made a splash in her native Canada in TV-movies (The Diary of Evelyn Lau) and films (Double Happiness, which snagged her a Genie Award, the Canuck equivalent of an Oscar). In 1996 she became a familiar face on U.S. television on Arli$$ as a sports agent's sassy assistant. Oh continued to appear on the big screen, both in her homeland and Hollywood. In 2004 her career got a big boost when her then-husband, director-writer Alexander Payne, cast her as a sexpot in the Oscar-nominated film Sideways. The next year, she landed the star-making role of a sexy and sarcastic doctor on the hit drama Grey's Anatomy. Oh stresses the importance of acting on stage to her work as an actress and often finds time to return to the theater.

Fast Facts

  • Studied ballet for 14 years, beginning at age 4.
  • Began acting in plays at 10.
  • Fluent in English and French.
  • In high school, was a member of the National Champion Canadian Improv Team at The Canadian Improv Games.
  • Won two Genie Awards for Best Actress, for her feature-film debut in 1994's Double Happiness and her role in the 1998 film Last Night.
  • Among her other awards: a 1997 CableACE for the role of Rita Wu on the HBO series Arli$$; a Best Performance Award at the 2001 Milan Film Festival for her portrayal of a stripper in the indie film Dancing at the Blue Iguana; and a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award for her role on Grey's Anatomy.

Awards

  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1994, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2015, People's Choice Awards — Favorite TV Character We Miss Most: Winner
  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Grace — Sister
  • John Oh — Father
  • Ray — Brother
  • Alexander Payne — Ex-husband
  • Young-Nan Oh — Mother
  • Andrew Featherston — Significant Other

College

  • National Theatre School of Canada, Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1993)

Details

  • Birth Name: Sandra Oh
  • Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  • Birthday: July 20, 1971, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor
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