Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh


11/30/1970, Nepean, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name

Sandra Oh


  • Sandra Oh on Grey's Anatomy Season 9.
  • Sandra Oh as Cristina Yang on Grey's Ana...
  • Sandra Oh as CristinaYang of Grey's Anat...
  • Season Four
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Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh started ballet lessons at the age of four and performed in her first play 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…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Sandra was named on Maxim's List of Unsexiest Woman in 2008.

    • Sandra was nominated in 2008 for a SAG Award along with her Grey's Anatomy castmates for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

    • On Grey's Anatomy, Sandra's character Cristina is actually seven years younger then her.

    • At the 2005 Screen Actors Guild awards, Sandra presented the award for 'Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a TV Comedy' to Teri Hatcher, who had won the award. A year later, Teri was presenting the very same award, and it went to Sandra, for her work on Grey's Anatomy.

    • In Dancing at the Blue Iguana, her character moved from California to work in Seattle. Coincidentally, Sandra's Grey's Anatomy character did the same thing.

    • Although she is of Korean descent, Sandra doesn't mind when she is asked to play a character who is of any Asian descent.

    • Sandra gets increasingly annoyed when TV shows and movies are set in New York and only Caucasians are shown.

    • She starred alongside her co-star, Kate Walsh, before Grey's Anatomy. She played the girlfriend of Walsh's character in the movie, Under The Tuscan Sun.

    • Sandra was named in the #9 position on ex-fashion designer, Mr Blackwell's, 47th annual report of the worst-dressed women of 2006.

    • On January 4, 2007, Sandra and Elijah Wood announced the nominees for the 13th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

    • In 2005, Sandra made People magazine's list of the 50 Most Beautiful People.

    • Sandra Oh, along with American actress Olympia Dukakis, opened the AIDS 2006 Toronto Film Festival at the Royal Ontario Museum.

    • Sandra has played a pregnant woman in three films: Under the Tuscan Sun, Raising Helen, and Cake.

    • In highschool, Sandra was a member of the volleyball and cross-country skiing team.

    • Sandra's parents were born in Seoul, South Korea. They both attended graduate school after coming to Canada. They attended the University of Toronto.

    • Sandra won the FIPS d'OR Best actress at the Cannes Film Festival. She won this award for her role in The Diary of Evelyn Lau.

    • Sandra was born in a suburb of Nepean, Ontario.

    • Sandra won the 2006 SAG award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series, for her role as Cristina on Grey's Anatomy.

    • Sandra initially looked at the part of Miranda Bailey instead of Cristina on Grey's Anatomy.

    • Sandra won the 2006 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series for Grey's Anatomy.

    • Sandra's senior year of high school she started B.A.S.E. (Borden Active Students for the Environment).

    • After winning the FIPA d'Or for Best Actress, Sandra impressed the French press by holding her interviews in French.

    • Sandra played a chubby young boy in the play The Witch of Edmonton.

    • Sandra's voice was used in the "Three Little Pigs" installment in the animated series Happily Ever After, which aired on HBO.

    • Sandra currently resides in Los Angeles.

    • Sandra's role in Airli$$ earned her the CableACE Award Actress in a Comedy Series in 1997.

    • In 2005, Sandra got an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, for her role in Grey's Anatomy. She was also nominated in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

    • Sandra is bilingual.

    • Sandra left home in 1991 to attend Montreal's National Theatre School of Canada.

    • In 1999, Sandra won the Theartre World Award for Stop Kiss.

    • Sandra won Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble for Sideways.

    • Sandra won the Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for Sideways, in 2005.

    • In 1994, Sandra was awarded the Best Actress Genie, which is the Canadian equivalent of an Academy Award. This was awarded for her role in Double Happiness.

      In 1998, Sandra won her second Genie Best Actress award for Last Night.

    • Sandra's breakthrough role came in a CBC production The Diary of Evelyn Lau.

    • Sandra and her husband, Alexander Payne's, first film together was the Oscar-winning Sideways.

    • In the nineties, Sandra was a member of the National Champion Canadian Improv Team.

    • In highschool Sandra was on the honor roll and active in the student council.

    • Sandra has studied ballet for 14 years.

    • Sandra began acting at the age of ten. Her very first role was in the play, The Canada Goose.

    • Sandra was voted "Head Girl" (co-president) of her highschool during her senior year.

    • Sandra attended Sir Robert Borden High School.

    • When asked who her favorite rock-star is, she answered Wayne Coyne (lead singer of The Flaming Lips), the reason being he looks enough like her husband, Alexander Payne, for her to pretend her fantasy about being married to a rock-star is true!

    • Sandra married Alexander Payne in 2003 and filed for in divorce March of 2005. The couple announced that they "mutually decided to separate. The divorce was made final on December 21, 2006. Sandra's ex-husband, Alexander Payne, has asked courts to deny her any spousal support, after she requested it when she initially filed for divorce.

    • Sandra is 5 foot 6 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Sandra: I think all women should learn how to strip - it's a really healthy, extremely challenging thing to do.

    • Sandra (whether she'd make a good doctor in real life): I don't think I'd be a very good doctor. I have a more scattered personality. I also have a personality that's emotionally involved - that's my job (as an actor), you know what I mean? I think I might be too involved with what happens.

    • Sandra (on her Grey's Anatomy character, Cristina): The relationship between Cristina and Burke has really grown. It's nice to see a woman who can't commit and who is emotionally stunted, because there's a lot of us who are.

    • Sandra: You just don't care about what people think. But it's hard to do because people tell you what they think all the time. It's sort of nuts. We actors, we're a fragile bunch, and yet we need to be strong because 90% of our lives is rejection. You have to figure out what really is important.

    • Sandra: I always think it would be so nice to go to the beach and sit and write in my journal, but it never happens.

    • Sandra: On a Canadian set, everybody is equal. You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food.

  • She needs an OSCAR!

    She is such a great actress. PERFECT!
  • May have won a golden globe but that doesn't mean she's has talent!

    She may have a lot of things going for her, being Canadian and winning a Golden Globe (2006) but Sandra Oh is a waste of space on Grey's Anatomy! She has no talent, no emotional range, no character depth, and I don't sympathyze with her at all. I don't hate or love her character I'm indifferant to her because Sandra Oh is such a horrible actress.