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Overview (1)

Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Sarah is an award-winning actress in Hollywood. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 15, 1991 to Dr. Gary F Mitchell MD, a cardiologist, and Dr. Diane C Mitchell DMD, an orthodontist, who met while completing their residencies at Brigham & Women's, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Sarah was raised by her parents with her two younger brothers in the suburb of Dover, Massachusetts where she started performing in children's theater and studied performing arts at Dana Hall and the Noble and Greenough preparatory schools.

She graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Theater and Performing Arts, where she was awarded the Carter Towbin Prize in for creativity, versatility, and overall contribution to theater. Additionally, she has trained as an actor with the National Theater Institute, the British American Drama Academy (London Theater Programme), and the Acting for Film & Television Intensive at Stella Adler Art of Acting Studios in Hollywood. She studies on-camera acting with Gregory Berger-Sobeck at Berg Studios in Los Angeles.

Sarah made her Off-Broadway debut in "With Love" at the Theater at St. Clements directed by Matt Aaron Krinsky. Since, Sarah has been working in film, notably earning SAG-AFTRA eligibility via Taft Hartley with a principle role as Ted Kennedy's secretary in the feature film "Chappaquiddick" starring Kate Mara and Jason Clark.

Her work as a model spans fine art, fashion & commercial work. She is a muse to fine art photographer Ilona Szwarc, whose portraits of Sarah have been featured by the New Yorker's PhotoBooth and Time Magazine's Lightbox. Portraits of Sarah photographed by Mark Elzey have been published in Vogue Italia's PhotoVogue.

Since moving to Los Angeles, Sarah has been auditioning for film, television and commercials. Notably, her star performance as 'She' in short film 'Spin Cycle' was awarded 'Best Shot on Film' by Steve Bellamy, CEO of Motion Picture at Eastman Kodak at Hollyshorts Film Festival, August 2019. Preferring dramatic theatrical work, Sarah is known for playing strong female leads and rebellious heroines.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Sarah Elizabeth Mitchell

Trade Mark (7)

Freckles
Cry-on-cue
Strawberry blonde
Aquiline nose
Central heterochromia (aka two eye colors in the iris, blue at the outer rim and yellow in the center)
Aquiline nose (broken twice)
Strawberry blonde (natural)

Trivia (5)

In her first major screen credit for feature film 'Chappaquiddick,' her name was incorrectly spelled Sarah Elizabeth Michelle.
When she first moved to Hollywood, she lived in a furnished closet with Australian actors Teya Duncan and Charles Alexander as roommates.
She is a feminist.
Actresses she draws inspiration from include Amy Adams, Meryl Streep, Emilia Clarke, Salma Hayek, Nicole Kidman, Keira Knightley and Cate Blanchett.
Sarah's maternal great-grandparents are Irish Catholic and immigrated after their marriage from their birthplace in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland to America, settling in Chicago, Illinois.

Personal Quotes (7)

There is a lot of heart and soul compressed into this little film.
The funniest mistake I consistently make is never knowing how formally or informally to dress for which occasions. A friend took me to a screening at LACMA of a film Leonardo DiCaprio produced. I was wearing jeans and a 'Shot on Kodak' tee from a recent project assuming it was a casual event. I sat in front and was more than a little mortified when Leo himself came out from backstage to introduce the film and snapped some pictures on his phone of the audience.
One of my best stories [...] has to be working on the feature film Chappaquiddick. I played Ted Kennedy's secretary in the senate in what I believe would have been the opening scene of the film. Though the scene was ultimately cut in the editing room, I had a marvelous time on set.

On the day of filming, I got a honeywagon, which is the tiniest little dressing room in a trailer you can get on set - as a newbie I was so thrilled to have it and go to hair and makeup. I got to work directly in a continuous walking two-shot with lead actor Jason Clarke who was a kind castmate especially considering how green I was as an actor that day.

After we wrapped, I spoke briefly with our director, John Curran, who encouraged me to make greater headway in my career as an actor. That gave me the vote of confidence I needed to take bigger risks for my career. Thankfully, I'm already starting to see the rewards.
My college roommate, Hanna Mitchell, a person of truly great influence as a career-long activist, taught me three principles we must abide by to take care of our planet and ensure our own survival: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I especially appreciate efforts to increase sustainability on film sets, which can otherwise produce so much waste.
When I think about my family and friends who have offered their support in so many forms and favors and all the actors, directors, teachers, agents, bookers, managers, casting directors, casting interns, peers, modeling agents, models, role models and cast and crew I have worked with - I think if gathered everyone would hit the seat minimum to be declared a small Broadway-sized theater; so, you know who you are and I'll thank you in person.
I made a big mistake two years ago when I was offered an audition through a referral for the title role in a feature film for a major studio that got a wide theatrical release. I didn't take the audition because I was out of the country. They ultimately cast an actress who was very similar to me. I soon believed I'd blown my one chance for a breakout role.

On reflection, I came to understand that I need to work even harder to put myself in the path of opportunities of a similar scope. To that end, I decided to put myself in the position to audition for work more frequently so I moved to Los Angeles, the epicenter of casting for the American film industry.
Value the little things as much as the champagne moments. Too often we are seduced by the iceberg illusion of success. The tip of the actor's iceberg that the public sees is say, walking the red carpet or receiving an award. Supporting that fleeting moment for the actor is ten plus years of training, criticism, trolls, auditions, callbacks, moving, networking, sacrificing the security of a traditional job, relationships and missing out on time with family and friends.

You have to find a way to celebrate screening for an audience of five as much as you envision you could appreciate winning an Oscar. Savoring the work itself and the little victories is what helps you to survive the other 'thousand natural shocks' the actor's life is heir to, as Shakespeare put it.

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