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Sandra Oh
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General Information
Birth Name: Sandra Miju Oh
Birthday: July 20, 1971
Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Age: 45
Spouses: Alexander Payne (m. 2003-06)
Character Information
Role: Cristina Yang
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Sandra Oh is an Canadian actress, best known for her role as Cristina Yang in Grey's Anatomy (2005-2014).

Early Life Edit

Sandra Miju Oh was born on July 20, 1971, in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, to Young-Nam Oh, a biochemist, and Joon-Soo Oh, a business, who moved to Canada in the early 1960s. Her parents married in Seoul, South Korea. She has two siblings, Ray and Grace Oh. At 10 years old, she played The Wizard of Woe in a class musical, The Canada Goose.

She grew up in a devout Christian household, living on Camwood Cresent in Nepean, where she began acting and taking ballet at an early age.

She founded the Environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment), leading a campaign against the use of styrofoam cups. She was Student Council President while attending Sir Robert Borden High School. She played the flute, ballet training and acting studies. She focused on acting because she knew she wasn't good enough to be a professional dancer. She took drama classes, acted in school plays and joined the drama club. She rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, paying her own way. She graduated in 1993.

Career Edit

In 1993, she starred in the stage production of Oleanna. She won two roles in biographical TV films, The Diary of Evelyn Lau and in a CBC biopic of Adrienne Clarkson's life. She later guest starred in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues. In 1996, she had a lead performance in the Canadian film Double Happiness. In 1997, she starred in the international feature hit film Bean. She appeared in other Canadian films such as Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity and Last Night. In 1999, she starred in Popular and guest starred in Judging Amy.

In 2000, she was cast in the drama Dancing at the Blue Iguana and Waking the Dead. In 2001, she guest starred in Six Feet Under. In 2002, she appeared in Big Fat Liar and Full Frontal. She starred in Dogeaters and Stop Kiss. In 2003, she was cast in Under the Tuscan Sun. In 2004, she had a supporting role in Sideways. She guest starred in Odd Job Jack. In 2005, she appeared in several films including Hard Candy and 3 Needles.

In 2005, she was cast on the hit ABC medical series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang. In August 2013, she announced that the program's tenth season would be her last. In 2006, she appeared in The Night Listener. In 2008, she starred in The Maltese Falcon and she hosted the 28th Genie Awards. In 2009, she appeared in Defendor. In 2010, she starred in Ramona and Beezus, Rabbit Hole, and Thorne. She landed voice roles in the films American Dragon: Jake Long, Mulan II and The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends.

In 2014, she announced that she would team up with Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming to make a feature film, Window Horses. She also appeared in Tammy, playing the wife of Kathy Bates. In 2015, she starred on the comedy web series, Shitty Boyfriends. In 2016, she will be appearing in upcoming comedy film, Catfight.

Personal Life Edit

She was in a relationship with Alexander Payne for five years. They married on January 1, 2003, separated in early 2005 and divorced in late 2006.

In June 28, 2011, it was announced that she would receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame. She was inducted on October 1 at Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

On July 8, 2013, she received the key to the City of Ottawa, Ontario, from Mayor Jim Watson.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1989 The Journey Home
1994 Double Happiness Jade Li
1995 Prey II Bae
1996 Cowgirl Sarah Hwang
1997 Bean Bernice Schimmel
1997 Bad Day on the Block
1998 Last Night Sandra
1998 The Red Violin Madame Ming
1998 Permanent Midnight Friend
1999 Guinevere Cindy
2000 Waking the Dead Kim
2000 Dancing at the Blue Iguana Jasmine
2000 Three Lives of Kate Narrator
2001 The Princess Diaries Vice Principal Gupta
2001 The Frank Truth Herself
2002 Big Fat Liar Mrs. Phyllis Caldwell
2002 Full Frontal Fourth Fired Employee
2002 Rick Michelle
2002 Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity Kin Ho Lum
2002 Barrier Device Audrey
2003 Under the Tuscan Sun Patti
2003 Owning Mahowny Craps Player
2004 Sideways Stephanie
2004 Wilby Wonderful Carol French
2004 Mulan II Ting Ting
2004 8 Minutes to Love Joy
2005 Hard Candy Judy Tokuda
2005 Break a Leg Young Tuck
2005 Cake Lulu
2005 3 Needles Mary
2005 Sorry, Haters Phyllis MacIntyre
2005 Kind of Blur Joe
2006 The Night Listener Anna
2006 For Your Consideration Marketing Person
2007 The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends Doofah
2007 Falling Melanie
2008 Blindness Minister of Health
2009 Defendor Dr. Park
2009 The People Speak Herself
2009 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Gal 2000
2010 Ramona and Beezus Mrs. Meacham
2010 Rabbit Hole Gabby
2014 Tammy Susanne
2015 The Scarecrow Evelyn
2016 Window Horses Rosie Ming
2016 Catfight Veronica

Televison Edit

Year Title Role Episode
1989 Denim Blues Gwen
1992 Degrassi High: School's Out Waitress
1993 The Diary of Evelyn Lau Evelyn Lau
1995 If Not for You 2 episodes
1995 Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years Ming Li 1 episode
1995 Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling Officer Angela Lum
1996 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Mai Chi 1 episode
1996-02 Arli$$ Rita Wu
1999 Happily Ever After: Fair Tales for Every Child Breadcrumb
2000 Popular Humanities Teacher 2 episodes
2001 Date Squad Alpha Baby
2001 Further Tales of the City Bambi Kanetaka
2001 Six Feet Under Porn Starlet "An Open Book"
2001 Judging Amy Detective Shelly Tran
2001-02 The Proud Family Marsha Mitsubishi 5 episodes
2005-13 American Dad! Katie/Hiko Yoshida 5 episodes
2005-14 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Cristina Yang Main cast (season 1-10)
2006 Odd Job Jack Vanessa
2006-07 American Dragon: Jake Long Sun Park
2008 Phineas & Ferb Dr. Doofenshmirtz's Girlfriend 2 episodes
2009 Robot Chicken Kate Winslet/Sarah Connor
2010 Thorne DS Sarah Chen
2011 Sesame Street Fairy Cookie Person
2014 Betas Sharron "Steppin' Out"
2015 Shitty Boyfriends Kathy 6 episodes

Awards Edit

Year Award Category Work Result
1994 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Double Happiness Won
1998 Genie Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Last Night Won
2004 Boston Society of Film Critics Best Cast Sideways Won
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Cast Sideways Won
2004 Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Sideways Won
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Sideways Won
2005 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's Anatomy Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2005 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2005 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2006 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Won
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series Grey's Anatomy Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards People's Choice Awards for Favorite TV Character We Miss Most Grey's Anatomy Won

Trivia Edit