Sarah Rafferty is an American actress best known for her role as Donna Paulsen on Suits.

Suits credits

Donna Paulsen

Selected other credits



Biographical information

Personal life

Rafferty grew up as the youngest of four children (all girls) in Riverside, Connecticut. She credits her mother, the Chairwoman of the English Department at Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut, and her father, who enjoys two successful careers in finance and oil painting, for cultivating her passion for the arts.

Rafferty took a double major in English and Theatre at Hamilton College, studied theatre abroad in London and at the University of Oxford during her junior year, and, after graduating magna cum laude from Hamilton, went on to study at the Yale School of Drama. She met her husband, Santtu Seppälä, at Yale University, and they were married in 2001. The couple have two daughters: Oona and Iris.


Rafferty has appeared in numerous TV series such as Law and Order, Six Feet Under, Charmed, Brothers & Sisters, CSI: Miami, and Bones, and feature films including Four Single Fathers and Falling For Grace, along with countless professional stage productions, including Gemini and Midsummer Night's Dream.[1]


  • Rafferty has been friends with her Suits co-star Gabriel Macht for almost 20 years, and they shared a house together during the filming of the show in Toronto.[2]
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  1. Biography for Sarah Rafferty at IMDb, retrieved on June 16, 2013.
  2. Q&A With Gabriel Macht of Suits, retrieved on June 12, 2013.
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