Born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida, Sarah Paulson spent most of her time in New York and Maine before settling in Manhattan to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the High School for Performing Arts. Although she made her Broadway debut in “The Sisters Rosensweig” and performed in the off-Broadway “Talking Pictures”, she debuted on the small screen in late 1994 in a guest shot on NBC’s “Law & Order” (1990), then, in the following spring, landed her first TV-movie role in CBS’ Friends at Last (1995) (TV) and finally became a TV series regular by fall 1995.
Best known for her amazing performance in CBS’ supernatural drama “American Gothic” (1995) as the benevolent spiritual guide to her young brother, she was also a regular on the WB series “Jack & Jill” (1999) as “Elisa Cronkite”, the former girlfriend of David “Jill” Jillefsky (Ivan Sergei) as well as the main character in the TV series “Leap of Faith” (2002). She joined the cast of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006) for its one season run. She also guested on Law and Order SVU and Desperate Housewives, before taking a recurring role on American Horror Story.
Sarah has now played in movies with such stars as Mel Gibson in the romantic comedy What Women Want (2000) (as “Annie”, Gibson’s secretary), Diane Keaton in the romantic drama The Other Sister (1999) (as “Heather Tate”, Keaton’s lesbian eldest daughter), Jamie Foxx in Held Up (1999) (as “Mary”, a developmentally disabled young woman with an unfaithful boyfriend) and David Hyde Pierce in the romantic comedy Down with Love (2003) (as “Vicky Hiller”, Pierce’s crush). She played the role of Lucy in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011) and has roles in the upcoming films Mud, The Time Being and Claire’s Cambodia.