Sasha Alexander

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Sasha Alexander
Sasha Alexander 2012.jpg
Alexander in 2012
Born Suzana S. Drobnjaković
(1973-05-17) May 17, 1973 (age 41)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Edoardo Ponti (m. 2007)
Children 2

Sasha Alexander (born May 17, 1973) is an American actress. She played the role of Gretchen Witter on Dawson's Creek. She also acted in feature films such as Yes Man (2008); and He's Just Not That Into You (2009). Alexander also acted as former Secret Service/NCIS Special Agent Kate Todd for the first two seasons of NCIS.

Since July 2010, she has starred as Maura Isles on the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles.

Early life[edit]

Sasha Alexander was born Suzana S. Drobnjaković (Serbian: Сузана Дробњаковић)[1][not in citation given] in Los Angeles, California, to a Serbian mother and Italian Serbian-born father; consequently, she speaks Italian and Serbian.[2] She began acting in school productions in the seventh grade. She also was an ice skater, but had to stop due to a knee injury. She continued acting through high school and college, and then moved to New York to act in summer stock and Shakespeare festivals. She graduated from the University of Southern California's School of Cinema-Television, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta,[3] before going on to have a successful acting career in both TV and film.


Alexander got her acting start on two short-lived series: the medical drama Presidio Med and ABC's twenty-something drama Wasteland. She achieved widespread media attention and critical praise when she appeared on the fourth season of Dawson's Creek as Gretchen Witter, the sister of Pacey Witter, and dating the title character, as well as in an episode of the short-lived Fox comedy series Greg the Bunny, in which she played the role of a lesbian TV Guide reporter and shared an onscreen kiss with Sarah Silverman. Alexander has also appeared in the films Lucky 13 and All Over the Guy, as well as He's Just Not That Into You (as Catherine), the independent movie The Last Lullaby, and Yes Man (as Lucy) starring Jim Carrey. She has also appeared as District Attorney Robin Childs in the CSI episode "Alter Boys".

Alexander joined NCIS as Secret Service/NCIS Special Agent Caitlin "Kate" Todd in 2003. She replaced Vivian Blackadder played by Robyn Lively, who only appeared in the back-door pilot episodes, "Ice Queen" and "Meltdown" on JAG. The official pilot episode "Yankee White" aired September 23, 2003 on CBS. Alexander's year and a half tenure on the show ended in May 2005 when her character, Kate, is killed by a terrorist that shoots her in the head during the last few seconds of the season two finale, "Twilight".[4] The "official explanation" for the actress's departure was that "she asked to be let out of her contract to pursue other opportunities".[5] In her final appearances in the "Kill Ari" two-parter, Alexander was credited as a special guest star. Alexander reappeared as Todd in a "What If" scenario with Anthony DiNozzo for the NCIS 200th episode "Life Before His Eyes" in 2012.

She also had a small role in 2006's Mission: Impossible III. She joined the cast of The Nine in the role of Nick's ex-wife, and also appeared in one episode of Friends ("The One with Joey's Interview"), playing a Soap Opera Digest reporter who interviewed Joey.

Since 2010, Alexander has played Dr. Maura Isles on the TNT series Rizzoli & Isles - the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Chief Medical Examiner, who works with the Boston Police Department. Alexander costars with Angie Harmon, who plays Boston Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli, Isles' best friend on the show.[6]

Personal life[edit]

On August 11, 2007, Alexander married director Edoardo Ponti, son of actress Sophia Loren and the late film producer Carlo Ponti, in Geneva, Switzerland. Alexander and Ponti have two children, Lucia Sofia (born May 12, 2006)[7] and Leonardo Fortunato (born December 20, 2010).[8] Alexander is friends with co-star Angie Harmon and Grey's Anatomy star Jessica Capshaw.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Visceral Matter Karen Chambers
1997 Battle of the Sexes
1999 Twin Falls Idaho Miss America
2001 All Over the Guy Jackie Samantha Gold
2005 Lucky 13 Susie
2006 Mission: Impossible III Melissa Meade
2008 Last Lullaby, TheThe Last Lullaby Sarah
2008 Yes Man Lucy Burns
2009 He's Just Not That Into You Catherine
2009 Tenure Margaret
2009 Play Dead Carolanne
2009 Love Happens Jessica (photographer)
2011 Coming & Going Alex Michaels
2013 The Girl from Nagasaki Adelaide


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wasteland Jesse Presser Main cast
13 episodes
2000–2001 Dawson's Creek Gretchen Witter Recurring cast (season 4)
20 episodes
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation District Attorney Robin Childs 1 episode: "Alter Boys"
2001 Ball & Chain Chloe Jones TV Movie
2002 Friends Shelley 1 episode: "The One with Joey's Interview"
2002 Greg the Bunny Laura Carlson 1 episode: "Surprise!"
2002 Presidio Med Dr. Jackie Collette Main cast
4 episodes
2003 Expert Witness TV Movie
NCIS Special Agent Caitlin Todd Main cast (seasons 1–2); special guest star (season 3)
voice work (season 8); archive footage (seasons 9, 12)
50 episodes
2006 E-Ring Allyson Merrill 1 episode: "War Crimes"
2006 The Nine Juliana 1 episode: "Outsiders"
2009 The Karenskys Emily Atwood TV Movie
2009 House Nora 1 episode: "The Down Low"
2009 Dark Blue DEA Agent Julia Harris 1 episode: "A Shot in the Dark"
2010–present Rizzoli & Isles Dr. Maura Isles Main cast
74 episodes
2015 Shameless Helene Recurring Guest Star


  1. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905–1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at [ Archived] at WebCite
  2. ^ Berger, Lori. "Sasha Alexander of Rizzoli & Isles Spills All". Redbook. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Kappa Alpha Theta — Notable Thetas". Kappa Alpha Theta. Retrieved 2008-12-31. | url = | title = 'Rizzoli & Isles' star has done some crime fighting in real life | accessdate = 2012-11-27
  4. ^ Bobbin, Jay (July 17, 2005). "'NCIS' moves on". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ Jicha, Tom (August 28, 2005). "Ncis's Kate Is Gone, But Scrubs Will Be Back Soon". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Character Bio | Dr. Maura Isles". Retrieved 18 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Eduardo Ponti and Sasha Alexander welcome a daughter". May 19, 2006. Retrieved June 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Sarah Michaud (January 10, 2011). "It's a Boy for Rizzoli & Isles's Sasha Alexander". Retrieved June 12, 2012. 

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