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Sandy Cheeks
SpongeBob SquarePants character
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First appearance"Tea at the Treedome" (1999)
Created byStephen Hillenburg
Voiced by
Portrayed byLilli Cooper (Broadway)[1] Christina Sajous (Television Special)
In-universe information
Full nameSandra Jennifer Cheeks (musical)
OccupationScientist and inventor

Sandra "Sandy" Cheeks is a fictional character in the Nickelodeon franchise SpongeBob SquarePants. She is an anthropomorphic squirrel who wears a diving suit and lives underwater. Sandy is voiced by Carolyn Lawrence and first appeared in the episode "Tea at the Treedome" that premiered on May 1, 1999. Sandy was created and designed by marine biologist and animator Stephen Hillenburg, the show's creator.

Role in SpongeBob SquarePants[edit]

Sandy is a close friend of SpongeBob SquarePants. She is a proud Texan and speaks in a stereotypical Southern drawl. In order to live underwater, Sandy resides in a bubble-like dome[2] and wears an atmospheric diving suit when outside her house. [3] Inside the treedome, her normal attire consists of a green and purple bikini. Conversely, as revealed in Tea at the Treedome, other characters must wear "water helmets" with opposite functionality when visiting her house. Sandy possesses extraordinary scientific skills such as the ability to construct complex inventions.[4] Sandy is shown to possess a number of tough, tomboyish character traits and interests; she is skilled at karate, engages in bodybuilding,[5] and is a rodeo champion.[6] She is also a close friend of Patrick Star, SpongeBob's best friend and neighbor, though she sometimes gets annoyed by him.



The voice of Sandy Cheeks is provided by Carolyn Lawrence.[7][8] Lawrence got the role of Sandy when she was in Los Angeles at Los Feliz. She met Donna Grillo, a casting director, on a sidewalk. Lawrence was with a friend who knew Grillo, and she said Lawrence had an interesting voice. Grillo brought Lawrence in to audition and she got the part.[9][10]

Before a recording, Lawrence prepares when the crew sends a storyboard. She explains, "I absolutely love that! Not only do I get to read the script, I can actually see what the artists have in mind. It is an amazing process and I feel so fortunate to be able to work that way! [...] I would prefer to let the script come alive in me before a taping."[11]


  1. ^ Walker, Sam (July 11, 2018). "Now on Broadway: SpongeBob ChauvinistPants". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sandy - Nickelodeon Sweden". MTV Networks Europe. Viacom International. Archived from the original on October 18, 2005.
  3. ^ Brown, Arthur (2008). Everything I Need to Know, I Learned from Cartoons!. USA: Arthur Brown. p. 85. ISBN 978-1435732483.
  4. ^ Writers: Luke Brookshier, Tom King, Steven Banks (May 5, 2006). "Chimps Ahoy". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 4. Episode 70b. Nickelodeon.
  5. ^ Writers: Ennio Torresan, Jr., Erik Wiese, Mr. Lawrence (September 25, 1999). "MuscleBob BuffPants". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 1. Episode 11a. Nickelodeon.
  6. ^ Writers: Luke Brookshier, Nate Cash, Richard Pursel (February 6, 2010). "Rodeo Daze". SpongeBob SquarePants. Season 7. Episode 138b. Nickelodeon.
  7. ^ "Carolyn Lawrence: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  8. ^ Basile, Nancy (March 29, 2006). "Voice Behind Sandy Cheeks on SpongeBob". Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Carolyn Lawrence Exclusive Interview". The Star Scoop. September 17, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "REFANB Interview: Carolyn Lawrence, A.K.A. Ashley Graham". Resident Evil Fan. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  11. ^ Basile, Nancy. "Carolyn Lawrence Sandy Cheeks on 'SpongeBob SquarePants'". Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved June 14, 2013.