Sandra Oh

Actress, Dancer
Though actress Sandra Oh secured leading parts on television and in film in her native Canada, she found some difficulty translating that success when she initially sought work in the United States, due in large part to ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1971 in Nepean, Ontario, CA

Filmography

Actor (55)

Snowtime! 2015 (Movie)

(Voice)

Snowtime! 2015 (Movie)

(English language version) (Voice)

Grey's Anatomy 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Popular 1996 - 2000, 2002 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tammy 2014 (Movie)

Susanne (Actor)

Quantum Quest 2012 (Movie)

Gal 2000 (Voice)

Thorne 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 42nd NAACP Image Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Defendor 2010 (Movie)

Dr Ellen Park (Actor)

Private Practice 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rabbit Hole 2010 (Movie)

Gabby (Actor)

Ramona and Beezus 2010 (Movie)

Mrs. Meacham (Actor)

The People Speak 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 1998, 2002 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

Blindness 2008 (Movie)

Minister of Health (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

3 Needles 2006 (Movie)

Mary the Nun (Actor)

For Your Consideration 2006 (Movie)

Marketing Person (Actor)

Hard Candy 2006 (Movie)

Judy Tokuda (Actor)

Sorry, Haters 2006 (Movie)

Phyllis MacIntyre (Actor)

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night Listener 2006 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

American Dad 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cake 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Six Feet Under 2000 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Rick 2004 (Movie)

Michelle (Actor)

Sideways 2004 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Wilby Wonderful 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

Break a Leg 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Under the Tuscan Sun 2003 (Movie)

Patti (Actor)

Big Fat Liar 2002 (Movie)

Mrs Caldwell (Actor)

Full Frontal 2002 (Movie)

Fourth Fired Employee (Actor)

Armistead Maupin's Further Tales of the City 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dancing At the Blue Iguana 2001 (Movie)

Jasmine (Actor)

Judging Amy 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity 2001 (Movie)

Kin (Actor)

The Princess Diaries 2001 (Movie)

Vice Principal Gupta (Actor)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

Kim (Actor)

Guinevere 1999 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Last Night 1998 (Movie)

Sandra (Actor)

Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Friend (Actor)

The Red Violin 1998 (Movie)

Mrs Jonas (Actor)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

Bernice Schimmel (Actor)

Double Happiness 1995 (Movie)

Jade Li (Actor)

The Journey Home 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

Betas (Tv Show)

Actor

Date Squad (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though actress Sandra Oh secured leading parts on television and in film in her native Canada, she found some difficulty translating that success when she initially sought work in the United States, due in large part to her Korean heritage. Possessing a likable combination of realized self-assurance and a childlike vulnerability, Oh was able to persevere, landing a scene-stealing and award-winning supporting role as an overworked and underpaid assistant to a sports agent on "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996-2002). Oh was able to parlay her critical acclaim into ever-increasingly higher profile roles, including "Dancing at the Blue Iguana" (2000) and "Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003). But in 2004, Oh suddenly emerged onto the national stage as part of the ensemble cast of then-husband Alexander Payne's droll, wine-soaked dramedy, "Sideways" (2004). She immediately followed with an award-winning performance as the overly ambitious surgical intern, Cristina Yang, on the hit series, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ), earning the talented actress the acclaim and recognition she richly deserved.

Relationships

Andrew Featherston

Companion

Grace Oh Music

Sister
Works as a public prosecutor in in Vancouver, British Columbia

Joon-Soo Oh

Father
Korean immigrant moved to Canada in the late 1960s

Young-Nam Oh

Mother
Korean immigrant moved to Canada in the late 1960s

Ray Oh

Brother
Completed a Ph.D. in medical genetics at the University of Toronto and Ontario Cancer Institute

Alexander Payne Director

Husband
Married from 2003-2006 featured in Payne's critically acclaimed film, "Sideways" (2004)

EDUCATION

Rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama

National Theatre School of Canada

1993
Paid her own way

Sir Robert Borden High School

Founded the Environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment); was Student Council President; joined the drama club and took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group

Milestones

2010

Co-starred with Selena Gomez and Joey King in "Ramona and Beezus," based on Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series

2008

Appeared opposite Julianne Moore in director Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness"

2006

Cast in the Off Broadway play "Satellites"; nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play

2006

Co-starred in the psychological thriller, "The Night Listener"

2005

Cast as Dr. Cristina Yang on ABC's medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; received five consecutive Emmy nominations (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

2005

Featured in the film "Sorry, Haters" with Robin Wright Penn

2004

Co-starred with Paul Giamatti, Virginia Madsen and Thomas Haden Church in "Sideways"; helmed by then husband Alexander Payne

2003

Cast in a supporting role, opposite Diane Lane in the romantic feature "Under the Tuscan Sun"

2000

Received high praise for her role as a poetry-writing stripper in "Dancing at the Blue Iguana"; performed several nude dance routines

1999

Appeared in the Canadian feature "The Five Senses"

1999

Featured in the ensemble of Francois Girard's acclaimed film "The Red Violin" (co-scripted by McKellar)

1999

Had a recurring role on the WB's high school set series "Popular"

1998

Starred on the New York stage in the Off-Broadway production of "Stop Kiss"

1998

Starred in Don McKellar's thoughtful look at the world's end in "Last Night" (released in the USA in 1999)

1997

Played a LA publicist with a comedic turn in the feature, "Bean"

1996

Was a regular on the HBO sports-themed comedy "Arli$$"

1996

Starred on stage as a police officer in the Toronto production "Inquest"

1995

Had a recurring role on the CBS sitcom "If Not for You"; series was cancelled after four episodes

1995

Appeared in the CBS TV-movie "Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling"

1995

Starred in a London, Ontario stage production of David Mamet's "Oleanna"

1995

Cast in the lead role in the Canadian film "Double Happiness"; won the Genie Award for Best Actress

1993

Cast as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in the biographical TV film "The Diary of Evelyn Lau"

1993

Starred as Canadian broadcaster Adrienne Clarkson in the biographical TV film "Adrienne Clarkson Presents"

1991

Left home to attend Montreal's National Theatre School of Canada

1989

Featured in Marc Voizard's short film "The Journey Home"

1981

First role was at age of 10 was in her school musical, "The Canada Goose"

Was cast as a chubby young boy in Peter Hinton's play "The Witch of Edmonton"

Began acting and studing ballet at an early age

Bonus Trivia

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Critic Sheila Benson on Sandra Oh's performance in "Double Happiness" (1994): "Ottowa-born Oh has the full arsenal: range, depth, passion and technique. All that aside, she's irrevocably lovable, a touching combination of glorious and goofy that has already inspired the French press to describe her as "a young Piaf." - from Interview, August 1995

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On the Canadian feature "Last Night" (1998) and the Hollywood films "Armageddon" (1998) and "Deep Impact" (1998), regarding their similar end-of-the-world themes but vastly different approaches: "I've been thinking a lot recently about the differences between Americans and Canadians and you see it in the difference between our films and those two other films. Americans have this assumption to this right to do things to stop it all and change history. We accept it. We get to a deeper question of what would you do individually. As a metaphor, it is also extremely relevant: How do you want to live your live? The question really is: Do you live that last moment for yourself or for someone else? American films are apocalyptic in such a crude, warlike way. We're more of a thinking culture." - Oh, as quoted to The Toronto Sun, Oct. 19, 1998

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