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Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Character: Cristina Yang

Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh started ballet lessons at the age of four and performed in her first play, The Canada Goose, at the age of ten. She started working professionally at age 16 in television, theatre and commercials.

After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, Oh beat out more than 1000 other hopefuls and landed the coveted title role in the 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 in Vancouver. Her performance brought her a Gemini (Canada's Emmy) nomination for Best Actress and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d'Or for Best Actress.

Oh 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. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Additional television credits include Six Feet Under and Further Tales of the City. She has been nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and won a Golden Globe Award (Best Actress in a Supporting Role), a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series) and a Diversity Award (2005 Creative Liberty Award) for her portrayal of Cristina on Grey's Anatomy.

On the big screen Oh can be seen starring alongside Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in Rabbit Hole, as the teacher in Ramona and Beezus, as well as The Night Listener, 3 Needles, For Your Consideration, Sideways (for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture), Hard Candy and Sorry Haters. Other feature films include Under the Tuscan Sun with Diane Lane, Bean, The Princess Diaries, and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity.