Mia Sara (born Mia Sarapochiello; June 19, 1967) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sloane Peterson in the 1986 comedy film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and other films such as Legend (1985) and Timecop (1994).

Early life

Sara was born Mia Sarapochiello /ˌsɑːrəpəˈkjɛl/ in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She is the daughter of Diana, a stylist and also a photographer, and Jerome Sarapochiello, a photographer and artist. She attended St. Ann's School, in Brooklyn, New York.


Sara's breakthrough role came in 1985 as Princess Lili in Legend, playing opposite Tom Cruise, followed shortly by Ferris Bueller's girlfriend, Sloane Peterson, in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. She also appeared in the miniseries Queenie, a roman à clef on actress Merle Oberon, as well as 1992's A Stranger Among Us, directed by Sidney Lumet. In 1994 she starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in the blockbuster Timecop, for which she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her television roles have included playing Annie Knox in the science fiction series Time Trax (1993–94) and Dr. Harleen Quinzel in the short-lived WB Network superhero show Birds of Prey (2002).

Personal life

Sara enjoys flying and holds a private pilot license. In March 1996, Sara was married to Jason Connery, son of Sean Connery, with whom she performed in Bullet to Beijing. In June 1997, they had a son, Dashiell Quinn Connery. The couple divorced in 2002. She is now married to Brian Henson, oldest son of Muppets creator Jim Henson; they have one daughter, Amelia Jane Henson, born in 2005.


Film and television roles
1985LegendPrincess Lili
1986Ferris Bueller's Day OffSloane Peterson
1987QueenieQueenie KellyTV miniseries
1988Shadows in the StormMelanie
1988Apprentice to MurderAlice Spangler
1988The New Alfred Hitchcock PresentsSara FletcherEpisode: "Twisted Sisters"
1989Big TimeFranTV movie
1989Till We Meet AgainDelphine de LancelTV miniseries
1990Any Man's DeathGerlind
1990Daughter of DarknessKatherine ThatcherTV movie
1991A Climate for KillingElise ShippA.k.a. "A Row of Crows"
1991By the SwordErin Clavelli
1992A Stranger Among UsLeah
1993Time TraxAnnie Knox2 episodes
1993BlindsidedChandler StrangeTV movie
1993Call of the WildJessie Gosselin
1994Caroline at MidnightVictoria Dillona.k.a. Someone's Watching
1994TimecopMelissa WalkerWon—The "Best Supporting Actress" Saturn Award
1995The Set-UpGina Sands
1995The MaddeningCassie Osborne
1995Bullet to BeijingNatasha GradetskyTV movie
1995Black Day Blue NightHallie Schrag
1995/96Chicago HopeAnnie Rueman2 episodes
1996StrangersGinnyEpisode: "Stone Heart"
1996The Pompatus of LoveCynthia
1996UndertowWillie YatesTV movie
199720,000 Leagues Under the SeaMaraTV movie
1998Hard TimeMylerTV movie
1999DazzleMiss Martinet
2000Little InsectsPrincess DayzieVoice only
2001Turn of FaithAnnmarie De Carlo
2001The Impossible ElephantMolly ConnorA.k.a. "The Incredible Elephant"
2001Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real StoryOndineTV miniseries
2002Lost in OzLoriellidereTV movie
2002–03Birds of PreyDr. Harleen Quinzel / Harley Quinn
2003Hoodlum & SonEllen Heaven
2005CSI: NYCala WingerEpisode: "Jamalot"
2006Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen KingBeautiful PassengerEpisode: "Battleground"
2007TinseltownLenaTV pilot
2011The Witches of OzPrincess LangwidereMiniseries
2012Dorothy and the Witches of OzPrincess Langwidere
2013Pretty PrettyNarcissShort film