Sarah Wayne Callies

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Sarah Wayne Callies
Sarah Wayne Callies January 2015.jpg
Callies at the Walker Stalker Convention, January 2015
Born Sarah Anne Wayne Callies
(1977-06-01) June 1, 1977 (age 41)
La Grange, Illinois, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Dartmouth College
National Theatre Conservatory
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Josh Winterhalt (m. 2002)
Children Keala Winterhalt

Sarah Anne Wayne Callies (born June 1, 1977) is an American actress best known for her portrayals of Sara Tancredi in Fox's Prison Break and Lori Grimes in AMC's The Walking Dead.

Early life

Callies was born in La Grange, Illinois, the daughter of Valerie Wayne and David E. Callies (born 1943), now divorced and respective English and law professors at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.[1][2] At age one, Callies moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with her family. Throughout her youth, she expressed an interest in acting through participating in various school plays at the independent Punahou School. After graduating from high school, she entered Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In conjunction with her studies, Callies remained involved in theatre. She continued her education at Denver's National Theater Conservatory, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in 2002.[2]


Callies moved to New York in 2003 and then quickly landed her first television role as Kate O'Malley, a recurring part on the short-lived CBS show Queens Supreme.[3] Her first starring role was as Detective Jane Porter on The WB's Tarzan.

Callies at Comic Con in 2012

Prison Break

After making various guest appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Dragnet (2003), and NUMB3RS, Callies gained a starring role on Fox's Prison Break as Sara Tancredi. Her role lasted from 2005 through 2009. According to Prison Break's executive producer Matt Olmstead, although he, the writers, the network, and Callies herself all wanted her to stay on the show the character was written out related to contract disputes.[4] She stated through a spokesperson to TV Guide in Fall 2007:

Callies at the Edmonton Expo 2013

However, in March 2008, Olmstead stated that the character of Sara is still alive and would return in Season 4 of Prison Break. Though the character Sara Tancredi appeared to have a violent death, Olmstead stated "...we realized that there was actually a way she could still be alive."[5] When asked by Kirstin of E! whether the fans' overwhelming response to her death had factored in, Executive Producer Matt Olmstead admitted it had indeed influenced the decision.[6]

The Walking Dead

In 2010, Callies was cast in her biggest role to date, main character Lori Grimes on the AMC horror/drama series The Walking Dead, based on the comic book series of the same name, from the show's start until season three.[7] Grimes, her family, and friends are forced to fight relentless evil in the form of flesh-eating zombies and the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the zombies themselves. Callies convinced the show's writers to kill her character because that is what had occurred in the comic book version.[8] The drama is the highest rated in that cable channel's history,[9] [10][dead link] and the first three seasons have received good reviews from professional critics, whether "universal acclaim"[11][12] or "generally favorable".[13]

Other projects

Callies has also starred in two feature films - Universal Pictures' Whisper and an independent film, The Celestine Prophecy. In April 2010, she appeared on the Fox Television drama House M.D. as a patient of the week, whose open marriage fascinates House and the team. In August 2010, Callies' first screenplay, an adaptation of Campbell Geeslin's children's book Elena's Serenade, was optioned by French production company Fulldawa Films.[14] Callies starred in the Nigerian movie Black Gold (2011) and one of the female lead roles in the Canadian thriller Faces in the Crowd (2011).[15] 2015 co-starred Nicolas Cage, in Uli Edel's thriller film Pay the Ghost.[16]

Personal life

On July 21, 2002, Callies married Josh Winterhalt, whom she met at Dartmouth College.[17] Winterhalt is a martial arts teacher. On January 23, 2007, her publicist announced that the couple were expecting their first child. In July 2007, Callies gave birth to a girl, Keala Winterhalt.[18]

She was voted one of Maxim's "The Hottest Women of Fall TV '08."[19][20]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Celestine Prophecy, TheThe Celestine Prophecy Marjorie
2007 Whisper Roxanne
2008 Bittersweet Robyn
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Dr. Sara Tancredi Television film[21]
2010 Lullaby for Pi Josephine
2011 Black Gold Kate Summers
2011 Faces in the Crowd Francine
2011 Foreverland Fran
2012 Black November Kate Summers
2014 Into the Storm Allison Stone
2015 Pay the Ghost Kristen
2016 The Other Side of the Door Maria Post-production
2016 This Is Your Death Karina Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jenny Rochester Episode: "Privilege"
2003 Dragnet Kathryn 'Kate' Randall Episode: "The Brass Ring"
2003 Queens Supreme Kate O'Malley Episode: "Flawed Heroes"
2003 Tarzan Officer Jane Porter Main role, 9 episodes
2004 Secret Service, TheThe Secret Service Laura Kelly Pilot
2005 Numb3rs Agent Kim Hall Episode: "Counterfeit Reality"
2005–09 Prison Break Dr. Sara Tancredi Main role, 68 episodes
2007 Queens Supreme Kate O'Malley 4 episodes
2010 House Julia Episode: "Open and Shut"
2010 Tangled Chloe / Sally Pilot
2010–13 Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Lori Grimes Seasons 1-3 (main role; 27 episodes)
2016 Colony Katie Bowman Main role

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 Saturn Award Best Actress on Television The Walking Dead Nominated
2012 Scream Award Best Horror Actress The Walking Dead Nominated
2012 Satellite Award Best Cast - Television Series The Walking Dead Won


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  2. 2.0 2.1 Gary C.W. Chun (March 20, 2006). "Prison M.D.". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Retrieved March 20, 2006. 
  3. "Sarah Wayne Callies". TV Guide. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Prison Break Exclusive: The Real Story Behind Sara's Death Ausiello Report,, October 8, 2007, Retrieved March 28, 2008
  5. TV Guide Editors' Blogs: Prison Break Stunner: Sarah Wayne Callies Returns!, Michael Ausiello,, March 27, 2008, Retrieved March 28, 2008
  6. Breaking! Prison Break Brings Back Sarah Wayne Callies! Kristin,, March 27, 2008, Retrieved March 31, 2008
  7. TV: Rick Grimes' Wife Lori Cast for AMC's 'The Walking Dead'
  8. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Wayne Calllies". What Culture. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  9. "'The Walking Dead' Season 4: AMC, Glen Mazzara Part Ways For New Season". December 21, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2015. 
  10. Bibel, Sara (October 13, 2014). "'The Walking Dead' Season 5 Premiere Hits Series High Ratings in Adults 18-49 & Viewers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 13, 2014. 
  11. "The Walking Dead: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  12. "The Walking Dead: Season 3". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  13. "The Walking Dead: Season 2". Metacritic. Retrieved May 1, 2015. 
  14. "'Prison Break' actress' screenplay optioned". Hollywood reporter. September 8, 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  15. 'Faces in the Crowd' Begins Filming, Full Cast Revealed
  16. RLJ Entertainment to Pay the Ghost For Nic Cage’s Hair
  17. "Sarah Wayne Callies- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  18. "Sarah Wayne Callies: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved November 15, 2012. 
  19. Ausiello, Michael (January 23, 2007). "Exclusive! Prison Break Leading Lady Pregnant! Ausiello Reports". TV Guide. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  20. Nudd, Tim (January 23, 2007). "Prison Break's Sarah Wayne Callies Is Pregnant - Pregnancy, Sarah Wayne Callies :". People. Retrieved January 23, 2007. 
  21. "Prison break trivia". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved November 16, 2012. 

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