Sarah Gray Rafferty (born December 6, 1972 in New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.) is an American television and film actress. She is known mainly for her role as Donna Paulsen on the USA Network legal drama Suits. 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.
Early life and education
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. 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, went on to study at the Yale School of Drama, receiving a Master of Fine Arts.
Rafferty met her husband Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppala, a stock research analyst in the asset management unit of Lazard Frères & Company in New York, and they were married on June 23, 2001, at the Roman Catholic church of St. Mary in Greenwich, Connecticut. The couple have two daughters, Oona Gray (b. 22 October 2007) and Iris Friday (b. January 2012).
She and her Suits co-star Gabriel Macht have been best friends for over 20 years. They met in 1993 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
|2004||Soccer Dog: European Cup||Cora Stone|
|2006||Falling for Grace||Sydney|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada||Liz||Deleted scene|
|2009||Four Single Fathers||Julia|
|2011||Small, Beautifully Moving Parts||Emily|
|1999||Law & Order||Jennifer Shaliga||Episode: "Ambitious"|
|2001||Walker, Texas Ranger||Laura Pope||Episode: "Desperate Measures"|
|2002||Third Watch||Kelly||Episode: "Crash and Burn"|
|CSI: Miami||Melissa Starr||Episode: "Breathless"|
|District, TheThe District||Sally||Episode: "Small Packages"|
|2003||Without a Trace||Dr. Patty Morrison||Episode: "The Friendly Skies"|
|Six Feet Under||Rachel Mortimer||Episode: "The Eye Inside"|
|Practice, TheThe Practice||Judy Wilson||Episode: "Heroes and Villains"|
|Tremors||Dr. Casey Matthews||Episodes: "Flora or Fauna", "Graboid Rights", "Water Hazard"|
|Good Morning, Miami||Lila||Episode: "The Ex Games"|
|2004||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Terry Minden||Episode: "Eleven Angry Jurors"|
|Charmed||Carol||Episode: "The Legend of Sleepy Halliwell"|
|Second Time Around||Daphne Fitzgerald||Episodes: "Pilot", "Secrets"|
|8 Simple Rules||Danielle||Episode: "A Very C.J. Christmas"|
|2006||Pepper Dennis||Callie||Episode: "Heiress Bridenapped: Film at Eleven"|
|2007||Football Wives||Kelly Cooper||TV film|
|What If God Were the Sun?||Rachel||TV film|
|2008||Samantha Who?||Kayla Kaminski||Episode: "So I Think I Can Dance"|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Sandra Dunbar / Sandra O'Bannon||Episode: "Passion"|
|Numb3rs||Margo||Episode: "7 Men Out"|
|Bones||Katie Selnick||Episode: "The Foot in the Foreclosure"|
|2010||Brothers & Sisters||Gloria Pierson-Davenport||Episode: "A Righteous Kiss"|
|2011–present||Suits||Donna Roberta Paulsen||Main role (92 episodes)|
|2016||All Things Valentine||Avery Parker||TV Film|