Sandra Oh
Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh started ballet lessons at the age of four and appeared in her first play The Canada Goose at the age of ten. She started working professionally at age sixteen in television, theatre and commercials. After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, she beat out more than 1000 other hopefuls and landed the coveted title role in the CBC telefilm "The Diary of Evelyn Lau" based on the true story of a tortured poet who ran away from home and ended up a drug addict and prostitute on the streets of Vancouver. Her performance brought her a Gemini (Canada's Emmy) nomination for Best Actress and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d'Or for Best Actress.
A Golden Globe Award and Screen Actor's Guild Award winner for her role as 'Dr. Christina Yang' on the hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy," Sandra also received an Emmy Award nomination. Recently, Sandra starred in the enormously successful Fox Searchlight feature film "Sideways," for which she won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Oh will next be seen in the feature films "Night Listener" with Robin Williams and Toni Collette (Miramax), "For Your Consideration," for Director Christopher Guest, "Sorry Haters" alongside Robin Wright-Penn, "Three Needles," and "Long Life Happiness and Prosperity." She recently starred alongside Diane Lane in Disney's "Under the Tuscan Sun," and in the independent film "Rick" alongside Bill Pullman and Agnes Buckner.
Sandra won her first Genie (Canada's Oscar) for her leading role in "Double Happiness," a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young Chinese-Canadian woman - a performance that brought her much acclaim and secured her place as one of Canada's rising young film stars. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series "Arliss," for which she won the final Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy.
Sandra's additional feature film credits include "Bean," Guinevere," "The Red Violin," "Waking the Dead," "The Princess Diaries," and "Pay or Play." She also starred in Michael Radford's improvised "Dancing at the Blue Iguana," a bleak and raw view of life in a strip club in L.A. Her performance in "Last Night," a Canadian film about the end of the world, led to her winning a second Genie Award for Best Actress in 1999.
Her additional television credits include HBO's "Six Feet Under," and Showtime's "Further Tales of the City." Never straying far from her theatre roots, Sandra has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son's Stop Kiss at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York, a role for which she received a Theatre World award. She was also recently seen in the Vagina Monologues in New York.
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