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Sandra Oh and Thomas Haden Church in

Sandra Oh and Thomas Haden Church in "Sideways"

Birth Date:

1971

Place of Birth:

Ontario, Canada.

Spouse:

Alexander Payne.

Biography:

Sandra Oh was recently seen in the hit film UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN, opposite Oscar nominee Diane Lane, and the film RICK, alongside Bill Pullman. The award-winning actress will soon be seen in upcoming films: CAKE, WILBY WONDERFUL, THREE NEEDLES, and LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY. She will also star in the new ABC one-hour drama "Grey's Anatomy."

The Canadian-born 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 -- a performance that brought her acclaim and secured her place as one of Canada's rising young film actors. She was honored with a second Genie award for Best Actress in 1999 for her performance in LAST NIGHT, a Canadian film about the end of the world. Oh's other film credits include: BEAN, GUINEVERE, FULL FRONTAL, BIG FAT LIAR, THE RED VIOLIN, WAKING THE DEAD, THE PRINCESS DIARIES, DANCING AT THE BLUE IGUANA and PAY OR PLAY.

Oh became a familiar face to American audiences during her six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series "Arliss," for which she won an Image Award (2001) for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and a Cable Ace award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Her other television credits include HBO's award-winning series "Six Feet Under," Showtime's "Further Tales of the City," and a recurring role on the Emmy-winning CBS series "Judging Amy."

Born to Korean parents in Nepean, Ontario, and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Oh was in her first play at age 10. By age 16, she was working in television, theatre and commercials. After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal, Oh beat out more than 1,000 other hopefuls and landed the role in the CBC telefilm "The Diary of Evelyn Lau." She was honored with a Gemini (Canada's Emmy) for Best Actress and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d'Or for Best Actress.

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