Sarah Rafferty

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Sarah Rafferty
Sarah Rafferty in January 2013.jpg
Sarah Rafferty in January 2013
BornSarah Gray Rafferty
(1972-12-06) December 6, 1972 (age 41)
Alma materYale School of Drama
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka "Santtu" Seppälä (m. 2001)
Children2
 
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Sarah Rafferty
Sarah Rafferty in January 2013.jpg
Sarah Rafferty in January 2013
BornSarah Gray Rafferty
(1972-12-06) December 6, 1972 (age 41)
Alma materYale School of Drama
OccupationActress
Years active1998–present
Spouse(s)Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka "Santtu" Seppälä (m. 2001)
Children2

Sarah Gray Rafferty (born December 6, 1972) is an American television and film actress. She is known mainly for her role as Donna on the USA Network legal drama Suits.[1] She has appeared in several other television series. Other roles include the 2007 TV movie What If God Were the Sun? and the 2011 movie Small, Beautifully Moving Parts.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rafferty grew up as the youngest of four children (all girls) in the Riverside neighborhood of Greenwich, Connecticut. She credits her mother, Mary Lee Rafferty, the Chairwoman of the English Department at Convent of the Sacred Heart school, and her father, Michael Griffin Rafferty Jr., who enjoys two successful careers in finance and oil painting, for cultivating her passion for the arts.[3] Her sisters are Maura, Ann, and Constance.

Rafferty studied at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, and graduated in 1989. She majored in English and Theatre at Hamilton College, studied theatre abroad in the United Kingdom and at the University of Oxford during her junior year, and, after graduating magna cum laude from Hamilton in 1993,[4] went on to study at the Yale School of Drama, receiving a Master of Fine Arts.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Rafferty met her husband, stock analyst Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka 'Santtu' Seppälä, at Yale University, and they were married on June 23, 2001, at the Roman Catholic church of St. Mary in Greenwich, Connecticut.[4] The couple have two daughters, Oona Gray (b. 22 October 2007) and Iris Gray (b. 2012).[3][5]

She and her Suits co-star Gabriel Macht have been best friends for over 20 years.[6] They met in 1993 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000Mambo CaféAmy
2002SpeakeasyNurse
2004Soccer Dog: European CupCora Stone
2006Falling for GraceSydney
2009Four Single FathersJulia
2011Small, Beautifully Moving PartsEmily

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1998TrinitySarahTV film
1999Law & OrderJennifer ShaligaEpisode: "Ambitious"
2001Walker, Texas RangerLaura PopeEpisode: "Desperate Measures"
2002Third WatchKellyEpisode: "Crash and Burn"
2002CSI: MiamiMelissa StarrEpisode: "Breathless"
2002District, TheThe DistrictSallyEpisode: "Small Packages"
2003Without a TraceDr. Patty MorrisonEpisode: "The Friendly Skies"
2003Six Feet UnderRachel MortimerEpisode: "The Eye Inside"
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeJudy WilsonEpisode: "Heroes and Villains"
2003TremorsDr. Casey MatthewsEpisodes: "Flora or Fauna", "Graboid Rights", "Water Hazard"
2003Good Morning, MiamiLilaEpisode: "The Ex Games"
2004CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTerry MindenEpisode: "Eleven Angry Jurors"
2004CharmedCarolEpisode: "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell"
2004Second Time AroundDaphne FitzgeraldEpisodes: "Pilot", "Secrets"
20048 Simple RulesDanielleEpisode: "A Very C.J. Christmas"
2006Pepper DennisCallieEpisode: "Heiress Bridenapped: Film at Eleven"
2007Football WivesKelly CooperTV film
2007What If God Were the Sun?RachelTV film
2008Samantha Who?Kayla KaminskiEpisode: "So I Think I Can Dance"
2009Law & Order: Criminal IntentSandra Dunbar / Sandra O'BannonEpisode: "Passion"
2009Numb3rsMargoEpisode: "7 Men Out"
2009BonesKatie SelnickEpisode: "The Foot in the Foreclosure"
2010Brothers & SistersGloria Pierson-DavenportEpisode: "A Righteous Kiss"
2011–presentSuitsDonna Evelyn PaulsenMain role (38 episodes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirkpatrick, Jeffrey review at TVfanatic.com
  2. ^ Review at smellslikescreenspirit.com
  3. ^ a b c Chris Hodenfield. "Perfectly suited". Greenwich Magazine. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Weddings; Sarah Rafferty, Santtu Seppala". New York Times. June 24, 2001. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ Gina Roberts-Grey (January 21, 2013). "Sarah Rafferty: fitness 'suits' her". Yahoo! Health. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ Laurel Brown (June 13, 2012). "'Suits' interview: Sarah Rafferty on how Donna may just get something wrong in Season 2". BuddyTV.com. Retrieved February 19, 2013. 

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