December 17, 1974
46 years old
5 ft 6 in | 168 cm
34-24-34 in | 86-61-86 cm
54 kg | 119 lbs
8.5 US | 39 EU
Sarah Catharine Paulson was born in Tampa, Florida, United States, on December 17, 1974, is an American actress.
Young Sarah Paulson first started her acting career on the New York stage, in off-Broadway production, at the age of 12.
She made her big screen debut in drama film Levitation (1997) in role as Acey Rawlin.
She got her television debut in NBC police procedural and legal drama series Law & Order (1994) in episode "Family Values", in role as Maggie Conner.
Her breakthrough performance came as Merlyn Temple in CBS horror series American Gothic (1995-1996).
She landed her professional stage debut in a play "Talking Pictures" (1994) in role as Vesta Jackson, at Signature Theatre.
She made her Broadway debut in a play "The Glass Menagerie" (2005) in role as Laura Wingfield, at Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
Run (2020) thriller in role as Diane Sherman, opposite Kiera Allen and Sara Sohn
She won the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award for her role as Mary Lee in coming-of-age drama film Mud (2012).
The Other Sister (1999) romantic comedy with Juliette Lewis, Giovanni Ribisi and Diane Keaton
Serenity (2005) space Western opposite Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin and Summer Glau
Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) drama thriller opposite Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes and Christopher Abbott
Carol (2015) romantic drama with Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Jake Lacy
Blue Jay (2016) romantic drama opposite Mark Duplass and Clu Gulager
Down With Love (2003) romantic comedy with Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger
The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) biographical drama opposite Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor and Chris Bauer
The Post (2017) historical political thriller opposite Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks
Ocean's 8 (2018) heist comedy with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway
Bird Box (2018) post-apocalyptic horror thriller with Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes and John Malkovich
Glass (2019) psychological superhero thriller opposite James McAvoy, Bruce Willis and Anya Taylor-Joy
The Goldfinch (2019) drama with Ansel Elgort, Finn Wolfhard and Nicole Kidman
She won the Primetime Emmy Award, a Critics' Choice Television Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Marcia Clark in FX true crime anthology television series The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story (2016).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Harriet Hayes in NBC comedy drama television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006-2007).
She was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Nicolle Wallace in HBO political drama film Game Change (2012).
She starred in the FX anthology series American Horror Story:
American Horror Story: Murder House (2011) in role as Billie Dean Howard
American Horror Story: Asylum (2012-2013) in role as Lana Winters, for which she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
American Horror Story: Coven (2013-2014) in role as Cordelia Goode, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
American Horror Story: Freak Show (2014-2015) in role as Bette and Dot Tattler, for which she won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
American Horror Story: Hotel (2015-2016) in role as Sally McKenna, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress
American Horror Story: Roanoke (2016) in roles as Shelby Miller and Audrey Tindall
American Horror Story: Cult (2017) in role as Ally Mayfair-Richards, for which she was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress
American Horror Story: Apocalypse (2018) in roles as Wilhemina Venable and Cordelia Goode
Jack & Jill (1999-2001) WB Network comedy drama series in role as Elisa Cronkite
Leap of Faith (2002) NBC sitcom in role as Faith Wardwell
Deadwood (2005) HBO Western television series in role as Miss Isringhausen
Cupid (2009) ABC comedy drama series in role as Claire McCrae
Mrs. America (2020) FX on Hulu historical drama miniseries in role as Alice Macray
Ratched (2020- ) Netflix psychological thriller series in role as Nurse Mildred Ratched
Attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School in Manhattan.
Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Has sister, Liz Paulson.
Good friends with Jessica Lange and Amanda Peet.
She voiced Dr. Zara in animated adventure film Abominable (2019).
Lives in Los Angeles, California and New York City, New York.
She dated actress Cherry Jones (2004-2009).
She started dating actress and playwright Holland Taylor in 2015.