Sarah Rafferty is an American actress who has acted in film and television. She is best known for her role as Donna Paulsen on the USA Network series Suits.
Rafferty was born on December 6, 1972. She grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut with her mother, the Chairwoman of the English Department at the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, and her father, who worked in finance and in the arts, and three older sisters.
She attended Phillips Academy in Massachusetts and graduated in 1989. She later studied at Hamilton College where she majored in English and Theater.
While attending Hamilton College she studied abroad in the United Kingdom at the University of Oxford. After graduating Hamilton College in 1993 she studied at the Yale School of Drama and received a Master of Fine Arts.
Rafferty received her first acting credit when she played Sarah in the television film Trinity in 1998 and has made numerous TV guest appearances between 1998 and 2010, often featuring in one episode only.
These shows include Law & Order, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, Six Feet Under, Charmed, Bones, and Brothers & Sisters.
Rafferty had a minor role in the 2002 film Speakeasy. The film is about two people who become friends after a traffic accident. Rafferty played a nurse in the movie.
In 2011, Rafferty landed a main role in the USA Network legal drama series Suits. Rafferty starred as Donna Roberta Paulsen for all nine seasons of the show until its final episode aired in 2019.
Paulsen was the Chief Operating Officer of Specter Litt Wheeler Williams. She was at first the secretary and confidant for Harvey Specter, played by Gabriel Macht, but she later becomes his wife. Her character is described as sharp and can hold her own against powerful men.
While fans of the show didn’t necessarily hate Donna’s character, they took issue with her character arc.
In 2020, Rafferty scored a recurring role on Season 16 of the long-running show Grey’s Anatomy.
Rafferty played Suzanne, who visits Grey Sloan for a procedure and develops bizarre complications that Dr. Miranda Bailey and Dr. Andrew DeLuca struggle to find the cause of.
What is Sarah Rafferty doing now?
Rafferty is still active as an actress and has recently starred in the 2020 movie called Browse, which is about a man who becomes convinced that his identity has been hacked after trying out online dating.
From 2021 to 2022, Rafferty had a recurring role on the medical drama Chicago Med. She played Dr. Pamela Blake, a renowned transplant surgeon.
Currently under production, Rafferty was cast as Dr. Katherine Walter in the upcoming Netflix series My Life with the Walter Boys.
Based on the novel of the same name, My Life with the Walter Boys is about a girl named Jackie who must relocate from her luxurious life in New York City to Colorado when her family dies in a car accident.
Rafferty’s character, Dr. Walter, was Jackie’s mother’s friend and agrees to take her in, where she must live with her and her ten children, nine of which are boys.
Ambassador for HFC
Rafferty is an ambassador for HFC, which is a foundation that aims to bring awareness to those suffering from Alzheimer’s. Founded by actor and comedian Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen, the foundation includes several celebrity ambassadors such as Yvette Nicole Brown and Richard Lui.
Rafferty also uses Instagram and Facebook to bring awareness to the fight against Alzheimer’s. She has also shared on social media that her grandmother suffered from Alzheimer’s.
Sold her home
In 2019, Rafferty sold her West Hollywood home that she resided in for over a decade. Her home sold for over $2 million, which was more than $100,000 above the initial asking price.
Once the property was listed, an offer was made and accepted in just two weeks. Rafferty originally bought the property in 2006 for $1.7 million.
Rafferty met her husband, Santtu Seppälä, when they were both studying at Yale University.
After dating for several years, they got married in Greenwich, Connecticut in 2001. They are still married as of 2022.
In 2007, Rafferty gave birth to her daughter Oona Gray. In 2012, she gave birth to another daughter named Iris Friday.