Who is Sarah Rafferty?

American actress and producer Sarah Rafferty was born in New Canaan, Connecticut USA, on 6 December 1972, meaning that Sagittarius is her zodiac sign. She has 36 acting credits, and is probably known best for starring as Donna Paulsen in all 134 episodes of the comedy series “Suits”, which also stared 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 through 2019, and won 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 mother Mary Lee Rafferty who worked at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School as the Chairwoman of the English Department.

Sarah’s credited her parents with helping her develop a passion for the arts, as they introduced her to various kinds of art before she reached her teenage years. She studied at Phillips Academy and was into several activities during her four years there, as she took painting lessons, danced and appeared in a couple of school plays.

Sarah matriculated in 1989 and then enrolled at Hamilton College; she spent her junior year studying at the University of Oxford in England, before graduating manga cum laude in 1993. Sarah continued her education at Yale School of Drama, graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1995.

Roles in movies

Sarah’s debut film role was playing a supporting character in the 1998 drama “Trinity”, and the year 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 lives of a Puerto Rican girl and her family who are restaurant owners.

Sarah could then have been seen appearing in the 2002 drama “Speakeasy”, the 2004 family sports comedy “Soccer Dog: European Cup” and the 2006 romantic family comedy “Falling for Grace”. In 2009, she portrayed Julia in the comedy “Four Single Fathers”, which starred Jeanine Bartel and Alessandro Gassmann, and was 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.

Sarah’s since appeared in only three movies: the 2011 comedy “Small, Beautifully Moving Parts”, the 2016 romantic comedy “All Things Valentine”, and the 2020 horror thriller “Browse”, none of which managed to attract a lot of attention.

Roles in TV series

Sarah made her debut TV series appearance in the 1999 episode “Ambitious” of the crime mystery “Law & Order”, and she could then have been seen appearing in an episode of the action crime adventure “Walker, Texas Ranger”, the crime action “Third Watch”, and the mystery action “CSI: Miami”.

In 2003, she portrayed 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’ve learned that there are giant worms under the sand. Sarah was then cast 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 through 2014, she played Donna Paulsen in seven episodes of the comedy “Suits Webisodes”, which starred Gabriel Macht and Rick Hoffman, and follows the lives of several characters from the series “Suits”.

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Sarah’s since had only two TV series roles: she played Suzanne Britland in three episodes of the 2020 romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and Dr. Pamela Blake in 17 episodes of the 2022 drama “Chicago Med”; she’s currently shooting for the upcoming series “My Life with the Walter Boys”.

Other credits

Sarah sang the song “Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” in the 2007 drama movie “What If God Were the Sun?”

She produced the 2017 romantic comedy movie “A Harvest Wedding”.

Sarah’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Weekend Today”, “Entertainment Tonight” and “Today”.

Love life and marriage

Sarah prefers to keep her husband and their daughters away from the media’s attention, but some details regarding them are still widely known. She and American equity research analyst of Finnish descent Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä, exchanged vows in a private ceremony at the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary on 23 June 2001, in front of their closest friends and family members. Sarah gave birth to their first daughter Oona Gray Seppälä on 22 October 2007, and their second daughter Iris Friday Seppälä followed in January 2012; she occasionally features her husband and daughters in her Instagram pictures and videos.

Sarah hasn’t disclosed the names of other men whom she’s maybe been with; she’s married to Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä as of 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 Theatre Festival in 1993, and they co-starred in the series “Suits”.

In 2017, Sarah starred in several commercials for car brand Lexus.

Her wedding ceremony was officiated by Reverend Alfred Riendeau.

Sarah’s an Instagram star, as more than 2.2 million people are following her on the network today, while she’s uploaded over 2,400 pictures and videos, with most of these showing her during her everyday life.

She loves to travel and has been all around the world – one of her favorite cities to visit is Paris, France.

Sarah’s a huge dog-lover, and has featured her pet dog in some of her Instagram pictures.

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”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Sarah’s age is 50. She has brown eyes and is ginger, she’s 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall and weighs around 140lbs (64kgs).

Sarah’s net worth’s been estimated at over $5 million, as of June 2023.

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