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Sandra Oh / Cristina Yang

Character Name: Cristina Yang
Birth Name: Sandra Oh
Birth Date: November 30, 1970
Birth Place: Nepean, Ontario, Canada
Marital Status: Husband Alexander Payne (1 January 2003 - present) (filed for divorce)
Flimography: Click here! to read about her other roles
Trivia: Was a member of a National Champion Canadian Improv Team at The Canadian Improv Games in the late nineties.

When asked who her favorite rock-star is, she answered Wayne Coyne (lead singer of the Flaming Lips), the reason being he looks enough like her husband, Alexander Payne, for her to pretend her fantasy about being married to a rock-star is true!
Schooling: Attended Sir Robert Borden High School in Nepean, Ontario.
"You just don't care about what people think. But it's hard to do because people tell you what they think all the time. It's sort of nuts. We actors, we're a fragile bunch, and yet we need to be strong because 90% of our lives is rejection. You have to figure out what really is important."

"And on a Canadian set, everybody is equal. You get paid the same. You live together in barracks. You have a communal kitchen. You buy and cook your own food."

About the character:

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

After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, she beat out more than 1000 other hopefuls and landed the coveted title role in the CBC 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 HBO comedy series, "Arli$$," for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Her additional television credits include HBO's "Six Feet Under," Showtime's "Further Tales of the City" and a recurring role on "Judging Amy."

Her films include "Under the Tuscan Sun," with Diane Lane, and "Rick," with Bill Pullman and Agnes Buckner. Other film credits include "Bean," "Guinevere," "The Red Violin," "Waking the Dead," "The Princess Diaries" and "Pay or Play." She also starred in Michael Radford's improvised "Dancing at the Blue Iguana," a bleak and raw view of life in a strip club in L.A, and in the independent "Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity." Her performance in "Last Night," a Canadian film about the end of the world, led to her winning a second Genie Award for Best Actress in 1999.

Never straying far from her theatre roots, Oh has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn's "Dogeaters" at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son's "Stop Kiss" at Joseph Papp's Public Theatre in New York, a role for which she received a Theatre World Award. She was also recently seen in the "Vagina Monologues" in New York.

Oh will next star in "Sideways" for director Alexander Payne, and in the independent films "Cake," "Wilby Wonderful" and "3 Needles." She resides in Los Angeles.

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