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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.

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