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Sandra Oh Bio, Age, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Movies, TV Show & Wiki

Sandra Oh is a Canadian actor who became famous for her appearance as ‘Cristina Yang’ in the smash medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ Her appearance in the series earned her two ‘Screen Actors Guild’ awards, a ‘Golden Globe’ award, and five ‘Emmy Award’ nominations for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.’ Her significant performances in feature films like ‘The Princess Diaries,’ ‘Sideways,’ ‘Under the Tuscan Sun,’ and ‘Last Night,’ have won her critical praise. After beginning her acting career as a child, Sandra received her breakthrough character in the television biopic ‘The Diary of Evelyn Lau,’ at the age of 19.

Her appearance made her a ‘Gemini Award’ nomination and the ‘Cannes FIPA d’Or’ for ‘Best Actress.’ The important character that she performed in the hit TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ placed her in the entertainment industry. While her appearance as the sassy assistant ‘Rita Wu’ in the ‘HBO’ comedy ‘Arliss’ got her a ‘Cable Ace’ award, she received critical acclaim for her supporting role as a wine pourer in ‘Sideways.’ She has not only created a niche for herself in Hollywood but has also set an example for Asian actors in Hollywood.

Sandra Oh

Sandra Oh

Wiki/Biodata

Birth NameSandra Miju Oh
Nick NameSandy
Age(as in 2020) 49 Years
ReligionChristian
Sun Sign/Zodiac SignCancer
Birth PlaceOttawa, Ontario, Canada
Date of Birth20 July 1971
NationalityCanadian
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Home TownOttawa, Ontario, Canada
HobbiesNot Available

Family

Mother's NameOh Young-nam aka Jeon Young-nam (Biochemist)
Father's NameOh Junsu (John) (Businessman)
BrotherRay (Younger) (Ph.D. in Medical Genetics)
SisterGrace (Older) (Prosecutor /Lawyer)

Boyfriends/Affairs

Affairs/Boyfriends• Alexander Payne (2000-2006)
• Andrew Featherston
• Lever Rukhin aka Lev (2014-Present)
Sandra Oh BF

Sandra Oh BF

Marital Status, Husband and Children

Husband/SpouseAlexander Payne (m. 2003–2006)
Sandra Oh Ex Husband

Sandra Oh Ex Husband

Marriage DateJanuary 1, 2003
and Divorced on December 21, 2006
ChildrenNone

Education

School• Knoxdale Public School
• Sir Robert Borden High School, Nepean, Ontario
• National Theatre School of Canada
College/University• Carleton University
Educational QualificationGraduated
ProfessionActress
Brands Endorsed• National Canadian Film Day 150
• OnStar commercial
Career Manager• United Talent Agency (UTA)
• Principal Entertainment
• Imprint PR (Publicist)
• Hansen Jacobson (Attorney)

Height, Weight, and Figure Measurements

Height (Approx.)in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’5”
Weight (Approx.)in kilograms- 56 kg
in pounds- 124 lbs

Figure Measurements

Breast Size32 Inches
Hips Size34 Inches
Waist Size23 Inches

Extra Ordinary Features

Race / EthnicityAsian
Hair ColorBlack
Eye ColorDark Brown
S*xual OrientationStraight
Dress SizeNot Available
Shoe Size6.5

Favorite Things

Favorite Korean FoodHer mother’s Bin Dae Dukk
Favorite Make-Up RemoverNeutrogena Eye Make-up Remover
Favorite Beauty GadgetsClarisonic brush, LightStim
Favorite Skin SerumsiS Clinical, iGlow Illuminating C Serum, Le Mieux Hyaluronic /Glycolic Serums, Caudalie Resveratrol Serum
Favorite Travel EssentialsNo Jet Lag homeopathic, Water, Moisturizer, Journal
Favorite Dream Guests For A Dinner PartyMichelle Obama, Genghis Khan, Buddha
Favorite Dream Team To Collaborate WithThom Yorke, Ali Wong, Jane Campion, Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Favorite Guilty PleasureSalty fried food, Salted Caramel, French Fries
Favorite CuisineKorean, Japanese, Spanish
Favorite Sources Of InspirationHer nieces, teachers, and fears
Favorite Summer PleasureTraveling
Favorite Ice-Cream FlavorHaagen-Dazs limited edition Peanut Butter Brittle
Favorite Korean RestaurantThe Corner Place in LA
Favorite Korean Grocery StoreHK Market on Beverly and Western
Favorite Hangout PlaceThe Hollywood Bowl
Favorite CaféMetro Café inside a Travelodge in LA
Favorite ShopsMitsuwa Marketplace, Froma on Melrose
Favorite Places For A WalkSilver Lake Reservoir, Hancock Park
Favorite Rock StarWayne Coyne (Lead singer of The Flaming Lips)
Favorite Vacation SpotBarcelona, Spain
Favorite TV ShowThe Simpsons
ControversiesNone

Life Journey

Sandra Oh was born in Nepean, Ontario, on July 20, 1971, the daughter of middle-class South Korean emigrants Oh Jun-su (John), a businessman, and Jeon Young-Nam, a biochemist. Her parents had traveled to the area in the early 1960s.

She has a brother, Ray, and a sister, Grace, and raised up in a Christian household, living on Camwood Crescent in Nepean, where she began acting and practicing ballet at age four to fix her pigeon-toed stance. Rising up, Oh was one of the few youths of Asian origin in Nepean.

At age ten, Oh performed The Wizard of Woe in a class musical named The Canada Goose. Later, at Sir Robert Borden High School, she established the environmental club BASE (Borden Active Students for the Environment), leading a drive against the use of styrofoam cups.

While in high school, she was selected as a student council president. She also performed the flute and continued both her ballet training and acting studies, though she remembered that she “was not good sufficient to be a trained dancer” and finally concentrated on acting.

She took drama classes, performed in school plays, and followed the drama club, where she took part in the Canadian Improv Games and Skit Row High, a comedy group. Against her parents’ advice, she refused 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 agreed to return to university if it abandoned. Following on forgoing university, she has stated that she is “the only person in the family who doesn’t have a master’s in something”. Soon after graduating from the National Theatre School in 1993, she acted in a stage production of David Mamet’s Oleanna in London, Ontario.

Around the same time, she got characters in biographical television films of two significant female Chinese-Canadians: as Vancouver author Evelyn Lau in The Diary of Evelyn Lau, where she got the performance over more than 1,000 others who auditioned, and as Adrienne Clarkson in a CBC biopic of Clarkson’s life.

Sandra Oh Net Worth

Sandra Oh has a net worth of $25 million dollars.

Estimated Net Worth in 2019 (Approx)$25 Million
Estimated Net Worth in 2018(Approx)Under Review
Annual SalarySalary per episode of Grey's Anatomy of $350,000
Income SourceActress

Oh starred as Cristina Yang, Seattle Grace Hospital’s type-A cardiothoracic surgeon, on Grey’s Anatomy 10 seasons. Toward the end of her time on the show, Oh made $350,000 per episode, according to TV Guide, which amounted to $8.4 million per season, depending on how many episodes there were a season and if Oh starred in all of them.

The salary earned her the fifth highest-paid TV star at the time, a title she shared with her Grey’s Anatomy costars Ellen Pompeo and Patrick Dempsey, who was given the same rate. Ah, the question everyone desires to know: What is Sandra Oh’s net worth. According to WoodGram, Oh’s net worth is $25 million, which seems about right given how much she made on Grey’s Anatomy and continues to make on Grey’s reruns.

Further, she’s also acted in films like Under the Tuscan Sun and The Princess Diaries, which only adds to her bank account. She’s also entertained the 2019 Golden Globes. Though the awards show doesn’t pay astronomical numbers, it still sounds like a pretty penny (some sources report that hosts are paid around $15,000 per awards show) for a few hours of work.

Sandra Oh Movies And TV Shows

  • On graduating from the ‘National Theatre School’ in 1993, Sandra Oh was cast in the stage production of David Mamet’s two-character play ‘Oleanna.’
  • Around the same time, she landed characters in ‘The Diary of Evelyn Lau,’ a biographical TV film on the author’s life, and in a biopic of Adrienne Clarkson’s life. Sandra got the former position after competing with more than 1,000 participants who auditioned for the role.
  • She came to fame with her lead performance in the Canadian film ‘Double Happiness’ in 1994, where she characterized ‘Jade Li,’ an actor striving to cope with the expectations of her Chinese-Canadian family.
  • In 1997, she described ‘Bernice,’ a PR manager, in the film ‘Bean.’
  • In 1998, she starred in ‘Last Night,’ a Canadian apocalyptic black comedy-drama film. She then appeared in ‘Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity,’ a 2002 Canadian film.
  • She acted in ‘Stop Kiss,’ a play written by the American playwright Diana Son. The play was staged in 1998 at ‘The Public Theater’ in New York City.
  • She starred in an American drama film titled ‘Dancing at the Blue Iguana’ in 2000, where she performed a stripper working at an adult dance club. In the same year, she was highlighted in ‘Waking the Dead,’ a drama film directed by Keith Gordon.
  • In 2002, she performed an important character in the American teen comedy film ‘Big Fat Liar.’ She followed it up with a minor character in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Full Frontal.’
  • She appeared as ‘Rita Wu’ for six seasons in the popular sitcom ‘Arliss.’ The American sitcom premiered on ‘HBO’ in 1996 and continued until 2002.
  • She starred in the world premiere of Jessica Hagedorn’s ‘Dogeaters’ at the ‘La Jolla Playhouse.’ The play addressed social, political, and cultural issues that were prevalent in the Philippines during the 1950s.
  • Sandra made several guest characters in the American teenage comedy-drama ‘Popular,’ performing a humanities teacher. The show ran for two seasons from 1999 to 2001 on ‘The WB.’
  • She also guest-acted on television series, such as ‘Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Judging Amy,’ and ‘Odd Job Jack.’
  • In 2003, she starred in a supporting character in ‘Under the Tuscan Sun,’ followed by a supporting role in the American black comedy-drama ‘Sideways’ in 2004. In 2005, she appeared in a number of films, including David Slade’s thriller ‘Hard Candy.’
  • She then performed in the independent anthology drama ‘3 Needles,’ in which she played a Catholic nun in an AIDS-stricken African village.
  • In the same year, she was highlighted as ‘Cristina Yang’ on the hit ‘ABC’ medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’
  • In August 2013, she announced that the show’s tenth season would be her final season.
  • While working on ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ she simultaneously performed in several films. She appeared in the thriller ‘The Night Listener’ in 2006; in the comedy film ‘Defendor’ in 2009; ‘Ramona and Beezus’ in 2010; and in the critically praised drama ‘Rabbit Hole’ in 2010.
  • She also did a few voice characters, voicing the character of ‘Princess Ting-Ting’ in ‘Mulan II’ and then voicing ‘Doofah’ in ‘The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends.’ She hosted the 28th ‘Genie Awards’ on March 3, 2008.
  • In 2009, she played in ‘The People Speak,’ a documentary film that featured dramatic and musical achievements.
  • She also performed in the British crime drama ‘Thorne.’ Before commencing her shoot for ‘Thorne,’ she took training from a dialect coach in order to play her British character.
  • In October 2014, she stated that she would collaborate with Canadian director Ann Marie Fleming for an animated feature film titled ‘Window Horses.’ The film was delivered in 2016.
  • Meanwhile, in 2015, she appeared in the comedy web series ‘Shitty Boyfriends.’ In 2017, she appeared in the comedy film ‘Catfight’ where she performed ‘Veronica Salt.’
  • In 2018, she was cast to play the lead character of ‘Eve Polastri’ in the British spy thriller TV series ‘Killing Eve.’ The following year, she co-hosted the 76th ‘Golden Globe Awards.’ In 2019, she also hosted an episode of the popular TV show ‘Saturday Night Live.’

Movies List

1989The Journey Home
1994Double Happiness
1995Prey
1996Cowgirl
1997Bean
Bad Day on the Block
1998Last Night
The Red Violin
Permanent Midnight
1999Guinevere
2000Waking the Dead
Dancing at the Blue Iguana
Three Lives of Kate
2001The Princess Diaries
Date Squad
The Frank Truth
2002Big Fat Liar
Full Frontal
Rick
Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
Barrier Device
2003Under the Tuscan Sun
Owning Mahowny
2004Sideways
Wilby Wonderful
Mulan II
8 Minutes to Love
2005Hard Candy
Break a Leg
Stationery
Cake
3 Needles
Sorry, Haters
Kind of a Blur
2006The Night Listener
For Your Consideration
2007The Land Before Time XIII: The Wisdom of Friends
Falling
2008Blindness
2009Defendor
The People Speak
2010Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Ramona and Beezus
Rabbit Hole
2014Tammy
2015The Scarecrow
Snowtime!
2016Window Horses
Catfight
2017Meditation Park
2020Over the Moon

TV Shows & Serials List

1989Denim Blues
1992Degrassi High: School's Out
1994The Diary of Evelyn Lau
1995If Not for You
Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years
Cagney & Lacey: The View Through the Glass Ceiling
1996Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
1996–2002Arliss
1999Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
2000Popular
2001Further Tales of the City
Six Feet Under
Judging Amy
2001–2002
The Proud Family
2005–2013American Dad!
2005–2014
Grey's Anatomy
2006Odd Job Jack
2006–2007American Dragon: Jake Long
2008–2012Phineas and Ferb
2008Sesame Street
2009Robot Chicken
2010Thorne
2011Michael: Every Day
2014Betas
2015Shitty Boyfriends
2016Peg + Cat
2017American Crime
2018–present
Killing Eve
2018–2020She-Ra and the Princesses of Power
201976th Golden Globe Awards
Saturday Night Live
2020Invincible

Facts

  1. Her middle name ‘Miju’ suggests ‘pretty pearl’ or ‘beautiful pearl’ in Korean.
  2. Apart from English, she delivers fluent Korean, French, and Spanish.
  3. Sandra’s siblings and parents are extremely educated. She has stated that in her family, she is the only person who does not have a Master’s degree.
  4. While still in school, she also learned to play the flute and the piano.
  5. She attempted her first stage performance at the age of 10 in the school play called The Canada Goose.
  6. Sandra was also a part of her high school comedy troupe named Skit Row High. As a member of the group, she competed in the Ottawa Improv Games where the group reportedly won the national championship.
  7. She was also selected as Student Council President in her high school.
  8. By the age of 15, Sandra began getting professional work in theatre, television, and commercials.
  9. At the age of 19, she beat 1000 candidates to get cast in the lead character in the TV film, The Diary of Evelyn Lau (1994).
  10. In the early 90s, when the actress was financially ruined, she won $5000 Canadian dollars from a scratch-off lottery ticket. Sandra considered it as an encouragement from the universe to continue her pursuits as an actress.
  11. Sandra is the beneficiary of two Genie Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role in 1994 and 1998. The awards are the Canadian version of the Oscars.
  12. She received a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in 2011.
  13. The day Sandra had to audition for the part of Christina Yang in Grey’s Anatomy, she was overwhelmed by chaos. She skipped her phone and wallet at home and after arriving early to test for the role, she decided to leave the audition because she was having a bad day.
  14. Inspirational speaker, Margo Purcell has been Sandra’s best friend since 3rd grade.
  15. Sandra is the first woman of Asian origin to get two Golden Globe awards.
  16. In 2018, she became the first actress of Asian origin to get nominated for an Emmy award in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her role as Eve Polastri in Killing Eve.

FAQ’s

Why Did Sandra Leave Grey?
The Actress Told The Hollywood Reporter In 2013 The Reason Behind Leaving The Show For Good Was Because She Had Played Cristina Yang For Long Enough. She Said: “Creatively, I Really Feel Like I Gave It My All, And I Feel Ready To Let Her Go.
Is Sandra Oh Returning To Grey's Anatomy?
When Oh Left After The 10Th Season, She Told Tvline She Would Come Back For The Series Finale Of Grey’s Anatomy. But More Recently, Oh Hinted She Wouldn’t Return For A Cameo. “Creatively, You Have Moved On,” Oh Told Extra In April 2019.
Are Ellen Pompeo And Sandra Still Friends?
The Duo Remain Close After Oh’s Exit From The Show In 2014 After 10 Seasons. Pompeo Supported Her Friend In July When Oh Nabbed An Emmy Nomination For Best Leading Actress In A Drama Series. Although Oh Didn’t Win, She Became The First Asian Woman Nominated In The Category.
How Impactful Would It Be For Sandra Oh (Christina Yang) To Return To Grey's Anatomy?
I Guess All The Fans Would Lose Their Minds And They Would Probably Take Over Twitter For At Least 24 Hours. It Won’t Happen, Though. Sandra Oh Said At Multiple Occasions That She Would Not Return To The Show Because She Thinks Her Character’s Journey Has Found Its Conclusion. Furthermore, I Think Any Attempt At Reintroducing Her In The Show Would End Up Disappointing Everyone So. Nope. Nevertheless, I Certainly Hope That One Day Meredith Will Leave For Switzerland Where She’ll Live With Cristina Forever.

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