Who is Sarah Rafferty?
American actress and producer Sarah Rafferty was born in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA on December 6, 1972, which means Sagittarius is her zodiac sign. She has 36 acting credits and is probably best known for playing Donna Paulsen in all 134 episodes of the comedy series “Suits,” which also starred Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht, and was created by Aaron Korsh. It follows college dropout Mike Ross who wants to become a lawyer, the series aired from 2011 to 2019 and earned one of its 10 award nominations.
Early life and education
Sarah was raised alongside her three older sisters Constance, Ann, and Maura, in Greenwich, Connecticut by their father Michael Griffin Rafferty Jr. who was an oil painter and also worked in finance, and her mother Mary Lee Rafferty who worked at Sacred Heart School Convent as chair of the English department.
Sarah credited her parents with helping her develop a passion for the arts, as they introduced her to various types of art before she reached adolescence. She studied at Phillips Academy and took part in several activities during her four years there, as she took painting lessons, danced and appeared in a few plays.
Sarah graduated in 1989 then enrolled in Hamilton College; she spent her junior year studying at the University of Oxford in England, before graduating with honors in manga in 1993. Sarah went on to study at the Yale School of Drama, earning an MFA in 1995.
Sarah’s first film role was as a supporting character in the 1998 drama “Trinity”, and 2000 saw her play Amy in the romantic comedy “Mambo Café”, which starred Thalia and Paul Rodriguez, and was written and directed by Reuben Gonzalez. It follows the life of a Puerto Rican girl and her family who own restaurants.
Sarah could then have been seen appearing in the 2002 drama “Speakeasy,” the 2004 family sports comedy “Soccer Dog: European Cup,” and the 2006 family romantic comedy “Falling for Grace.” In 2009, she played Julia in the comedy “Four Single Fathers”, starring Jeanine Bartel and Alessandro Gassmann, and directed by Paolo Monico. It follows the lives of four single Italian fathers and the film was nominated for a 2009 Hollywood Post Alliance Award for Outstanding Color Grading – Television.
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Since then, Sarah has only appeared in three movies: 2011 comedy “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts,” 2016 romantic comedy “All Things Valentine,” and 2020 horror thriller “Browse,” none of which managed to garner much attention.
Roles in television series
Sarah made her first TV series appearance in the 1999 episode “Ambitious” of the crime mystery “Law & Order”, and she could later have been seen appearing in an episode of the action crime adventure “Walker, Texas Ranger”, crime action “Third Watch”, and mystery action “CSI: Miami”.
In 2003, she played Dr. Casey Matthews in the action-adventure comedy “Tremors,” which starred Gladise Jiminez and Victor Browne, and follows the residents of a small desert town who learn there are giant worms under the sand. Sarah was then chosen to make a guest appearance in the comedy “Good Morning, Miami”, the mystery action “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and the fantasy mystery “Charmed”.
From 2012 to 2014, she played Donna Paulsen in seven episodes of the comedy “Suits Webisodes”, starring Gabriel Macht and Rick Hoffman, and followed the lives of several characters from the series “Suits”.
Since then, Sarah has only had two TV series roles: she played Suzanne Britland in three episodes of the 2020 romance drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and Dr. Pamela Blake in 17 episodes of the 2022 drama “Chicago Med”; she is currently shooting for the next series “My life with the Walter Boys”.
Sarah sang the song “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” in the 2007 drama film “What If God Were the Sun?”
She produced the 2017 romantic comedy film “A Harvest Wedding”.
Sarah’s most recent talk show appearances have been on “Weekend Today”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “Today”.
Loving life and marriage
Sarah prefers to keep her husband and their daughters away from media attention, but some details about them are still widely known. She and Finnish-born American equity research analyst Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä, exchanged vows a private ceremony at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on June 23, 2001, in front of their closest friends and family members. Sarah gave birth to their first daughter Oona Gray Seppälä on October 22, 2007, and their second daughter Iris Friday Seppälä followed in January 2012; she occasionally features her husband and daughters in her Instagram photos and videos.
Sarah did not reveal the names of other men she may have been with; she has been married to Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä since June 2023, and they have two daughters together.
Interesting facts and hobbies
One of Sarah’s best friends is American actor and film producer Gabriel Swann Macht; they met at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 1993, and they co-starred in the “Suits” series.
In 2017, Sarah starred in several commercials for the Lexus car brand.
Her wedding ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Alfred Riendeau.
Sarah is an Instagram star as over 2.2 million people follow her on the network today, while she has uploaded over 2,400 photos and videos, most of them showing her in her daily life.
She loves to travel and has been around the world – one of her favorite cities to visit is Paris, France.
Sarah is a huge dog lover and has featured her pet dog in some of her Instagram photos.
One of her favorite actors is Jim Carrey, and some of Sarah’s favorite movies include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “The Truman Show”, and “The Mask”.
Size, eyes and wealth
Sarah’s age is 50. She has brown eyes and is redheaded, she is 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) tall and weighs about 64 kg (140 lb).
Sarah’s net worth was estimated at more than $5 million, in June 2023.