Sasha Alexander was born on May 17, 1973 in Los Angeles. She started performing in seventh grade when she scored the lead female role in a school production of “Baby.” Sasha continued acting in high school plays, and moved to New York during college to act in summer stock and Shakespeare festivals. Sasha was in a number of independent films after graduating from the University of Southern California’s film school before going on to land lead roles in a couple of short-lived shows: Presidio Med, playing Dr. Jackie Colette, and the ABC drama “Wasteland”, in which her portrayal of an overworked publicist obsessed with the dating scene in New York helped her secure a recurring role on the popular teen show, “Dawson’s Creek.” Sasha received critical praise and widespread media attention playing Gretchen Witter, the sister of Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson). The series revolved around the dating life of Pacey and his friends, Dawson Leery (James Van Der Beek), Joey Potter (Katie Holmes), and Jen Lindley (Michelle Williams).
Sasha guest starred as District Attorney Robin Childs on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and interviewed Joey Tribianni (Matt Leblanc) as a Soap Opera Digest reporter on the hit NBC comedy, “Friends.” The talented actress then became the very popular Caitlin Todd on the drama series “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service,” as a special agent who investigates Navy crimes. Her character’s unexpected death at the end of the second season shocked the show’s fans. After she left the series, Sasha landed roles in big-budget films like “Mission: Impossible III” (2006) starring Tom Cruise, “Yes Man” (2008) opposite Jim Carrey, and in the ensemble comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You,” featuring Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper, and Drew Barrymore. That same year she also starred in the independent film “The Last Lullaby” alongside Tom Sizemore. She was named best actress of the 2008 San Diego Film Festival for her role as “Sarah” in the film.
In 2010, she guest starred on the drama series, “House M.D.” as sexy new neighbor Nora, the object of doctors Gregory House’s (Hugh Laurie) and James Wilson’s (Robert Sean Leonard) affections. It was also the year Sasha impressed with her current role as the brilliant, stylish and eccentric medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles (2010-2016) on the crime drama, “Rizzoli & Isles.” The show is based on characters created by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen and also stars Angie Harmon as Detective Jane Rizzoli. Sasha’s performance on the show resonates with viewers and critics alike prompting New York Daily News to list her portrayal of Maura Isles as one of the Most Memorable TV Characters for 2011. While filming Rizzoli & Isles Sasha guest starred on Shameless as Helene Runyon (2015-2016), changing it up in a big way playing a professor who’s in an open marriage and has an affair with her student. SpoilerTV says “Sasha Alexander shines” in the role.
While on hiatus from Rizzoli and Isles in 2011 Sasha starred and co-produced the hilarious comedy “Coming & Going” with her husband, writer and director Edoardo Ponti.
Sasha is married to Edoardo Ponti, son of Sophia Loren. They have two children: Leonardo Fortunato and Lucia Sofia Ponti.
In November 2014, Sasha launched TAKEHOLLYWOOD (co-founded with Edoardo Ponti & Sylvain Perret) to allow aspiring entertainers and film enthusiasts to come together on a unique social media and online learning platform. To find out more about this project, please visit and sign up at TAKEHOLLYWOOD.COM.