Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1971-07-20 (50 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Nepean, Ontario, Canada

55 Movies · 28 TV shows

Also Known As: 산드라 오 · Sandra Miju Oh · 산드라오 · 오미주 · Oh Mi-ju · 吴珊卓 · Wu Shanzhuo · Wu Shan-zhuo · Сандра О

Biography

Sandra Miju Oh (born July 20, 1971) is a Canadian-American actress. She is best known for her starring roles as Cristina Yang on the ABC medical drama series Grey's Anatomy (2005–2014) and Eve Polastri in the spy thriller series Killing Eve (2018–present). She has received numerous accolades, including two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards, and twelve Primetime Emmy Award nominations.Oh first gained recognition for her roles in the Asian-Canadian films Double Happiness (1994) and The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1994). On television, she was noted for her role as Rita Wu on the HBO sitcom Arliss (1996–2002). Her later television credits include Judging Amy and American Crime, as well as voice roles on American Dad!, American Dragon: Jake Long, The Proud Family, Phineas and Ferb, and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power.Oh is known for her standout supporting and leading performances in films such as Bean (1997), Last Night (1998), The Princess Diaries (2001), Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (2002), Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), Sideways (2004), Wilby Wonderful (2004), Hard Candy (2005), Rabbit Hole (2010), Tammy (2014), Catfight (2016), and Meditation Park (2017).Oh won two Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for Last Night and Double Happiness and won a Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Diary of Evelyn Lau.Oh hosted the 28th Genie Awards in 2008, and became the first Asian woman to host the Golden Globe Awards at the 76th ceremony in 2019. In March 2019, she became the first Asian-Canadian woman to host Saturday Night Live, and was just the third actress of Asian descent to do so, after Lucy Liu in 2000 and Awkwafina in 2018. She was also the first actress of Asian descent to be nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the first Asian woman to win two Golden Globes. In 2019, Time magazine named Oh one of the 100 most influential people in the world. In addition to her Canadian citizenship, Oh has been a naturalized American citizen since 2018.

Personal Life

Oh was in a relationship with filmmaker Alexander Payne for five years. They married in January 2003, separated in early 2005, and divorced in late 2006.On July 8, 2013, Oh received the key to the city of Ottawa from Mayor Jim Watson.Oh practices Vipassanā, a Buddhist form of meditation. Her work in acting is informed by a loose creative collective that teaches "creative dream work", which reportedly fuses Jungian dream analysis with method acting and aims to bring one's "subconscious work into consciousness".Oh became a US citizen in 2018. On the first anniversary of her citizenship, she discussed it while hosting Saturday Night Live and referred to herself as an "Asian-Canadian-American".Oh was awarded the National Arts Centre Award from the Governor General of Canada in 2019.

Early Life

Sandra Miju Oh was born in Nepean, Ontario, on July 20, 1971, the daughter of middle-class South Korean immigrants Jeon Young-nam, a biochemist, and Oh Jun-su (John), a businessman. Her parents had moved to the area in the early 1960s. She has a brother, Ray, and a sister, Grace, and grew up in a Christian household, living on Camwood Crescent in Nepean, where she began acting and practicing ballet at age four to correct her pigeon-toed stance. Growing up, Oh was one of the few youths of Asian descent in Nepean.At age ten, Oh played The Wizard of Woe in a class musical called The Canada Goose. Later, at Sir Robert Borden High School, she founded the environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment), leading a campaign against the use of styrofoam cups. While in high school, she was elected student council president. She also played the flute and continued both her ballet training and acting studies, though she knew that she "was not good enough to be a professional dancer" and eventually focused on acting. She took drama classes, acted in school plays, and joined the drama club, where she took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group. Against her parents' advice, she rejected a four-year journalism scholarship to Carleton University to study drama at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, paying her own way.Oh told her parents that she would try acting for a few years, and promised to return to university if it failed. Reflecting on forgoing university, she has said that she is "the only person in [her] family who doesn't have a master's in something". Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she starred in a stage production of David Mamet's Oleanna in London, Ontario. Around the same time, she won roles in biographical television films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in The Diary of Evelyn Lau, where she won the role over more than 1,000 others who auditioned, and as Adrienne Clarkson in a CBC biopic of Clarkson's life.

Movies & TV shows

2023.

1 Movie
The Tiger's Apprentice

The Tiger's Apprentice

2023
The story centers on a normal boy, Tom, who gets drawn into this world against his wishes when his eccentric grandmother who he lives with in San Francisco's Chinatown turns out to be the guardian of ...

2022.

1 Movie
Turning Red

Turning Red

2022
When she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.

2021.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Chair

The Chair

2021
At a major university, the first woman of color to become chair tries to meet the high expectations of a failing English department.
The Same Storm

The Same Storm

2021
There is a plot unknown.
Raya and the Last Dragon

Raya and the Last Dragon

8.16
2021
Humans and dragons lived side by side in the fantasy world of Kumandra. The dragons sacrificed themselves to save the land. It is up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to...
TV
Invincible

Invincible

10
2021
Mark's father is the most powerful superhero on the planet and he is a normal teenager. Mark begins to develop powers of his own after his 17th birthday.

2020.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Over the Moon

Over the Moon

9.2
2020
A girl builds a rocket ship and tries to meet a mythical moon goddess in this musical.
TV
Asian Americans

Asian Americans

2020
This five-part series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, international relations, and cultural innovation. It is a timely, clear-eyed look at the ...

2019.

2 Movies
Daughter of Shanghai

Daughter of Shanghai

2019
A documentary about the life of Tsai Chin, one of the first Chinese actresses to break into the West.
This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything

2019
An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.

2018.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Killing Eve

Killing Eve

6.47
2018
A security consultant is looking for an assassin. They play an epic game of cat-and-mouse because they are equally obsessed with each other.

2017.

2 Movies
Meditation Park

Meditation Park

2017
Mina Shum directs an all-star cast — including Cheng Pei Pei, Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, and Don McKellar — in her latest feature, about a devoted wife and mother (Pei Pei) who is forced to reassess her rever...
Catfight

Catfight

2017
The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they attend the same event.

2016.

1 Movie
Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

Window Horses: The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming

2016
Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Iran, but she would rather be in Paris. She lives with her grandparents. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company...

2015.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
Women Who Act

Women Who Act

2015
Women Who Act will take an in depth look at the careers of some of the biggest actresses in Canadian film and television. The careers of some of Canada's most famous actresses will be explored by the ...
The Scarecrow

The Scarecrow

2015
A recently divorced man confronted the rocky shores of loneliness after spending a day with his son and meeting his ex-wife.
TV
American Crime

American Crime

6
2015
A drama about the U.S. The criminal justice system deals with crimes.
TV
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter

2015
Some of this year's most talked about talent open up about the challenges and triumphs of creating critically acclaimed series and performances.
TV
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

1
2015
Stephen Colbert is leaving his "The Colbert Report" character to make his long-awaited return to television. As the host of The Late Show franchise redux -- taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre a...

2014.

1 Movie
Tammy

Tammy

7
2014
After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her grandmother.

2012.

1 Movie
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

2012
Dave is a young photon who is forced out of the Sun on a journey of discovery. Dave doesn't know where the Cassini Space craft is or what it is, he must get to it to save it from the forces of the Voi...

2011.

1 TV show
TV
Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays

Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays

2011
Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays is a Canadian television sitcom that debuted on CBC Television in 2011. Described by the National Post as a cross between What About Bob? and Frasier, the show stars M...

2010.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Thorne

Thorne

2010
Thorne is a television drama series which debuted on Sky1 in the UK on 10 October 2010. It stars David Morrissey who plays the title role of Detective Inspector Tom Thorne created by crime writer Mark...
Rabbit Hole

Rabbit Hole

2010
The life of a happy couple is turned upside down after their son dies in an accident.
Thorne: Sleepyhead

Thorne: Sleepyhead

2010
Thorne: Sleepyhead follows DI Tom Thorne's investigation into a mysterious serial killer. His first three victims ended up dead. His fourth was not so fortunate. Alison Willetts is unlucky to be alive...
Ramona and Beezus

Ramona and Beezus

6.14
2010
Ramona is a little girl with a big imagination. Her playful antics keep everyone in her loving family on their toes, including her older sister Beezus, who is just trying to survive her first year of ...

2009.

2 Movies
The People Speak

The People Speak

2009
America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights are examined. "A People's History of the United States" is a book.
Defendor

Defendor

10
2009
A crooked cop, a mob boss and a young girl are some of the denizens of a city's criminal Underworld. It's a world that ordinary Arthur Poppington doesn't understand and doesn't belong in, but is commi...

2008.

1 Movie
Blindness

Blindness

2008
A small group of people who were blinded in a city banded together to overcome the terrible conditions of their isolation.

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends

The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends

5.29
2007
After an incident which almost cost Littlefoot's grandmother her life, Littlefoot learns a series of lessons. Littlefoot and the gang are in the Great Valley when a trio of dim-witted Beipiaosauruses ...

2006.

2 Movies
For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

2006
Three actors learn that their performances in the film " Home for Purim," a drama set in the mid-1940s American South, are generating award-season buzz.
The Night Listener

The Night Listener

2006
In the midst of his crumbling relationship, a radio show host begins speaking to his biggest fan on the phone. The host's life is thrown into chaos when questions about the boy's identity come up.

2005.

5 Movies · 3 TV shows
Cake

Cake

2005
When she becomes an editor for her father's wedding magazine, a travel writer improves her love life.
TV
Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy

6.54
2005
The personal and professional lives of a group of doctors are followed.
TV
American Dragon: Jake Long

American Dragon: Jake Long

5.81
2005
American Dragon: Jake Long is a television show. Jeff Goode of Disney Television created it. It was discontinued on September 1, 2007, after less than a year on the Disney Channel.
TV
American Dad!

American Dad!

6.34
2005
The series focuses on an eccentric motley crew that is the Smith family and their three housemates: Father, husband, and breadwinner Stan Smith; his better half housewife, Francine Smith; their colleg...
Hard Candy

Hard Candy

3
2005
She is a smart, charming teenage girl. Jeff is a smooth fashion photographer. There is an Internet chat, a coffee shop meet-up, and an impromptu fashion shoot. It is Jeff's lucky night. He is in for a...
3 Needles

3 Needles

2005
A three-paneled look at the worldwide AIDS crisis: in Montreal, a porn actor schemes to pass his mandatory blood test; a young nun makes a personal sacrifice for the benefit of a South African village...
Sorry, Haters

Sorry, Haters

2005
An Arab cab driver picks up a troubled professional woman because of the fears of post-9/11 America.
Break a Leg

Break a Leg

2005
Even if it means breaking a leg, a struggling actor is willing to go to any lengths to get a job.

2004.

5 Movies
Stationery

Stationery

2004
A woman is going to present a report in the morning.
Sideways

Sideways

5.73
2004
Two middle-aged men embark on a spiritual journey. One is suffering from depression and the other is about to walk down the aisle.
Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: A Trek Through the Canadian Cinematic Psyche

2004
This compelling documentary explores Canadian film culture and tries to discover what defines Canadian film through interviews with notable filmmakers.
Mulan II

Mulan II

6.24
2004
Captain Li Shang asks for Fa Mulan's hand in marriage when she is young. Before the two can have their happily ever after, the Emperor assigns them a secret mission to escort three princesses. Mushu i...
Wilby Wonderful

Wilby Wonderful

2004
A dark comedy about a group of islanders, their secrets, and one man's plan to kill himself quietly.

2003.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

5.15
2003
TheEllenDeGeneres Show is an American television talk show hosted by Ellen Degeneres.
Rick

Rick

2003
The story of "Rigoletto" was told at Christmas time in Manhattan's corporate world. Rick is a jerk to a woman applying for a job. He is out for drinks with his boss, Duke, and the same woman is their ...
TV
Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

6.3
2003
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is a late-night talk show on ABC.
Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

8
2003
A 35 year old book editor from San Francisco takes a tour of Tuscany at the urgings of her friends after a rough divorce. She bought a run down villa in the Tuscany countryside on a whim and began to ...

2002.

3 Movies
Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity

Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity

2002
Twelve-year-old Mindy Ho tries Taoist magic to fix her single mother's financial situation.
Big Fat Liar

Big Fat Liar

7
2002
Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf steals his class paper and turns it into a smash movie, no one believes Jaso...
Full Frontal

Full Frontal

2002
A contemporary comedy set in Los Angeles, Full Frontal traces the complicated relationship among seven friends as they deal with the fragile connections that bind them together. A day in the life of m...

2001.

2 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
The Proud Family

The Proud Family

3.86
2001
"The Proud Family" follows the adventures and misadventures ofPenny, a 14-year-old African American girl who's doing her best to navigate through the early years of teen-dom. Every encounter spirals i...
TV
Further Tales of the City

Further Tales of the City

2001
The denizens of 28 Barbary Lane venture beyond the City by the Bay to the home of a Hollywood icon, even to a remote Alaskan island, in the third part of Armistead Maupin's engaging saga.
The Princess Diaries

The Princess Diaries

6.03
2001
A socially awkward but very bright 15-year-old girl being raised by a single mom discovers that she is the princess of a small European country because of the recent death of her long-absent father, w...
TV
Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

6.14
2001
A darkly comic look at a group of people. When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challe...
Dancing at the Blue Iguana

Dancing at the Blue Iguana

2001
There are people who make their living at a strip club.

2000.

1 Movie
Waking the Dead

Waking the Dead

2000
After seeing the love of his life suddenly emerge, a congressional candidate is questioning his sanity.

1999.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Popular

Popular

8
1999
The popular cheerleader at the school and the editor of the school paper are both polar opposites. When their single parents unexpectedly meet and get engaged to each other, Brooke and Sam have to dea...
TV
Judging Amy

Judging Amy

5.74
1999
Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a judge...
Guinevere

Guinevere

1999
A young girl from an affluent family is involved with a photographer.

1998.

3 Movies
Last Night

Last Night

1998
On New Year's Day, the world is about to end.
The Red Violin

The Red Violin

1998
300 years in the life of one famed musical instrument that ends up in Montreal on the auction block. The red violin was created by the Italian master Bussotti in 1681. The violin travels to Austria, E...
Permanent Midnight

Permanent Midnight

4
1998
Ben Stiller is playing a comedy writer who had a heroin habit that had him taking his infant daughter along with him on his drug runs. Stahl explores memories with survivor Kitty, who listens patientl...

1997.

1 Movie
Bean

Bean

8.67
1997
The Englishman is named Mr. The Royal National Gallery has a watchman named Bean. After the museum's board of directors tried to have him fired, they were blocked by the chairman, who was fond of Bean...

1996.

1 TV show
TV
Arliss

Arliss

1996
A behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous, big-money world of professional sports following L.A. Arliss Michaels has an inability to say no to clients and employees.

1995.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
If Not for You

If Not for You

1995
If Not For You was a sitcom that aired from September 18 to October 9, 1995.
Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling

Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling

1995
Cagney and Lacey are working on a police corruption and document forgery case. Mary Beth has to deal with the return of her father.
Prey

Prey

1995
A young woman falls in love with a shoplifter in her family's convenience store, setting off a series of accidents, including a lost doll, a loaded gun and a grandmother who speaks only Korean.

1994.

2 Movies
Double Happiness

Double Happiness

1994
Jade Li is a feisty, 20-something Chinese Canadian, trying to achieve that happy medium between giving in to her parent's wishes and fulfilling her own needs and desires. When love beckons in the shap...
The Diary of Evelyn Lau

The Diary of Evelyn Lau

1994
A teenage girl runs away from home and her very strict mother, becomes a prostitute and drug-addict, which she writes a book about.

1993.

2 TV shows
TV
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

6
1993
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues is a spin-off of the 1972–1975 television series Kung Fu. David Carradine and Chris Potter starred as a father and son trained in kung fu - Carradine playing a Shaolin mo...
TV
Late Night with Conan O'Brien

Late Night with Conan O'Brien

6
1993
Late Night with Conan O'Brien is an American late-night talk show hosted by Conan O'Brien that aired 2,725 episodes on NBC between 1993 and 2009. The show featured varied comedic material, celebrity i...

1975.

1 TV show
TV
Saturday Night Live

Saturday Night Live

6.36
1975
A late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show created by Lorne Michaels. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored at an annual American awards ceremony. The Academy Award of Merit is better known as the Oscar and is given to the various category winners.

1944.

1 TV show
TV
Golden Globe Awards

Golden Globe Awards

1944
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association gives out awards for excellence in film and television.

Unknown Year.

4 Movies
Untitled Sister Comedy Netflix Project

Untitled Sister Comedy Netflix Project

A lonely recluse whose life was upended when her train wreck of a sister vows to mend their relationship by helping her fulfill her lifelong dream of being a contestant on her favorite game show.
Umma

Umma

When the remains of her mother arrive from Korea,Amanda becomes haunted by the fear of turning into her own mother, even though she and her daughter are living a quiet life on an American farm.
33 Liberty Lane

33 Liberty Lane

Four women are starting a phone-sex company.
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