FACE IS FAMILIAR: Sandra Oh
Currently starring as MI5 officer Eve Polastri in Killing Eve (9.25pm, BBC1), Sandra, 47, is a talented, hard-working actor who has finally landed the leading role she deserves…
Born in Ottawa, Canada, to Korean immigrants, Sandra enjoyed early success in a school musical when she was ten years old.
Her breakthrough came in the 1990s, with starring roles in Canadian movies The
Diary Of Evelyn Lau (1993) and Double Happiness (1994). Moving to the US, she landed a part in HBO sitcom Arli$$ (1996-2002) and the following year came to the attention of British audiences in Rowan Atkinson’s Bean (1997).
Over the next few years, Sandra won key supporting roles in films Under The
Tuscan Sun (2003) and Sideways (2004). She hit the big time in 2005, in Grey’s Anatomy – snarky surgeon
Cristina Yang was one of the show’s most popular characters. Sandra left in 2014 after season ten (season 15 has just started in the US). Despite being tied to Grey’s Anatomy for a decade, she also appeared in movies, including The Night Listener (2006) and Rabbit Hole
(2010). Post-Grey’s, Sandra appeared in the 2014 comedy Tammy, and had a starring role in the 2017 indie comedy Catfight. Killing Eve marks her best lead role since her Canadian debut, 25 years ago, and earlier this year, she became the first woman of Asian descent to be nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series (she lost out to The Crown’s Claire Foy). Sandra had been nominated five times as Outstanding Supporting Actress for Grey’s Anatomy.