Sarah Rafferty

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Sarah Rafferty
Rafferty in 2018
Sarah Gray Rafferty

(1972-12-06) December 6, 1972 (age 46)
EducationHamilton College, New York (BA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1998–present
Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä (m. 2001)

Sarah Gray Rafferty (born December 6, 1972) is an American television and film actress. She is known mainly for her role as Donna Roberta Paulsen on the USA Network legal drama Suits.

Early life and education[edit]

Rafferty grew up as the youngest of four daughters 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.[1] 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,[2] went on to study at the Yale School of Drama, receiving a Master of Fine Arts.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rafferty's husband is Aleksanteri Olli-Pekka Seppälä, an American of Finnish descent, who is a stock research analyst in the asset management unit of Lazard Frères & Company. They were married on June 23, 2001, at the Roman Catholic church of St. Mary in Greenwich, Connecticut.[2] and have two daughters, Oona Gray (b. 22 October 2007) and Iris Friday (b. January 2012).[1][3]

She and her Suits co-star Gabriel Macht have been friends for over 25 years. They met in 1993 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mambo Café Amy
2002 Speakeasy Nurse
2004 Soccer Dog: European Cup Cora Stone
2006 Falling for Grace Sydney
2006 The Devil Wears Prada Liz Deleted scene[citation needed]
2009 Four Single Fathers Julia
2011 Small, Beautifully Moving Parts Emily


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Trinity Sarah Television film
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"
The 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"
The 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 Television film
What If God Were the Sun? Rachel Television 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
2015 All Things Valentine Avery Parker Television film


  1. ^ a b c Chris Hodenfield. "Perfectly suited". Greenwich Magazine. Archived from the original on December 12, 2015. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Weddings; Sarah Rafferty, Santtu Seppala". New York Times. June 24, 2001. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  3. ^ Gina Roberts-Grey (January 21, 2013). "Sarah Rafferty: fitness 'suits' her". Yahoo! Health. Retrieved February 19, 2013.
  4. ^ Laurel Brown (June 13, 2012). "'Suits' interview: Sarah Rafferty on how Donna may just get something wrong in Season 2". Retrieved February 19, 2013.

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