Chalke at the premiere of Oz the Great and Powerful, Los Angeles, February 13, 2013
August 27, 1976 |
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Other names||Sarah Louise Christine Chalke
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
Sarah Chalke (pron.: //; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian actress known for portraying Dr. Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC comedy series Scrubs, Rebecca "Becky" Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, and Stella Zinman in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. She has also had a recurring role in the third season of ABC sitcom Cougar Town and currently stars as Polly, the lead character in How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), also airing on ABC.
Early life 
Chalke was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the middle of three daughters born to Douglas and Angela Chalke. Her mother is originally from Rostock, Germany. According to a Scrubs commentary track, she used to attend the German school in her hometown twice a week. Her first language is English, but she speaks German fluently and French "fairly well". This was incorporated into her Scrubs character, Elliot Reid, who also speaks German and French at the same levels. Chalke graduated from Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver in 1994.
Chalke's acting career began at the age of eight when she began appearing in musical theatre productions. At 12, she became a reporter on the Canadian children's show KidZone. In 1993, she took over the role of Rebecca Conner-Healy on Roseanne after Lecy Goranson left the series; she made a cameo appearance as a different character in the Roseanne episode "Halloween: The Final Chapter" (#178, originally aired October 31, 1995) after Goranson returned. Chalke would later return to the role of Becky after Goranson departed for a second time. After the show ended, Chalke returned briefly to Canada where she starred in the CBC Television drama Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy (1998–1999).
In 2001, she was cast as Dr. Elliot Reid in the NBC comedy series Scrubs. She has appeared in several feature films, including Ernest Goes to School and Cake. She appeared in Channel 101's The 'Bu with The Lonely Island, a parody of the hit show The O.C., but was credited as "Pamela Fenton". In 2007, she appeared as a supporting character in Chaos Theory, which starred fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds. In 2008, Chalke became the spokesperson for a line of women's underwear by Hanes that included a series of commercials directed by her Scrubs co-star Zach Braff. In 2008 and 2009 she made appearances in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Stella Zinman. In the spring of 2011, she starred in the CBS television series Mad Love, a romantic comedy which debuted as a midseason replacement and was cancelled after only one season was produced.
Chalke was signed by former Scrubs, and Cougar Town executive producer, Bill Lawrence to play the love interest of Bobby Cobb in the series Cougar Town. She appeared in multiple episodes in the third season. Chalke starred in the ABC comedy series How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life), which premiered April 3, 2013, and which was canceled one month later. She played Polly, a single and very uptight divorced mother who finds herself moving back in with her parents (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett) due to the economic downturn.
Personal life 
Chalke lost her aunt and grandmother to breast cancer that was undiagnosed while in its early stages. She has since encouraged breast cancer detection and prevention, and starred in the Lifetime movie Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. She is an ambassador for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Foundation. Chalke also made an appearance in a short video parodying the National Organization for Marriage's "Gathering Storm" advertisement opposing same-sex marriage. She was the 2009 ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure(R) program, for which she also designed a T-shirt.
|1993||Relentless: Mind of a Killer||Carrie|
|1993||Woman on the Ledge||Elizabeth|
|1994||Ernest Goes to School||Maisy|
|1994||Beyond Obsession||Laura Sawyer|
|1996||Robin of Locksley||Marion Fitzwater|
|1996||Dead Ahead||Heather Loch|
|1996||Stand Against Fear||Krista Wilson|
|1997||A Child's Wish||Melinda|
|1997||Dying to Belong||Drea Davenport|
|1998||I've Been Waiting for You||Sarah Zoltanne|
|1999||All Shook Up||Katy Dudston|
|2000||Cinderella: Single Again||Cinderella|
|2001||Kill Me Later||Linda|
|2001||XCU: Extreme Close Up||Jane Bennett|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||Dr. Elliot Reid|
|2006||Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy||Geralyn Lucas|
|2007||Chaos Theory||Paula Crowe|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||Catholic schoolgirl from Hell|
|1993||Neon Rider||Annie||1 episode|
|1993||The Odyssey||Estate agent||1 episode|
|1993–1997||Roseanne||Becky Conner-Healy||70 episodes|
|1997||Dead Man's Gun||Murial Jakes||1 episode|
|1999||First Wave||Chloe Wells||1 episode|
|1999–2000||Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy||Gloria Hobson||23 episodes|
|2001–2010||Scrubs||Dr. Elliot Reid||173 episodes|
|2002–2003||Clone High||Marie Antoinette||4 episodes|
|2007||Saturday Night Live||Dr. Elliot Reid|
|2008–2009||How I Met Your Mother||Stella Zinman||9 episodes|
|2009||Prep and Landing||Magee||Voice|
|2010||Team Spitz||Guidance counsellor|
|2011||Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice||Magee||Voice|
|2011||Mad Love||Kate Swanson||13 episodes|
|2012||Cougar Town||Angie LeClaire||4 episodes|
|2012||The Fresh Beat Band||Glinda||"The Wizard of Song"|
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)||Polly||Main Role|
|2013||Grey's Anatomy||Casey Hedges||Season 9, Episode 19|
- "It's Official: Chalke Returning to 'Mother! Is Brit Next?'"[dead link] TV Guide. April 21, 2008. Retrieved on April 22, 2008.
- Sarah Chalke at the Internet Movie Database
- "Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff Tackle Wedgies in Hanes Underwear Commercial". Tv.popcrunch.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Schneider, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer finds 'Mad Love'". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010.
- "Sarah Chalke Is Coming To Cougar Town!". PerezHilton.com. 2011-09-11. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
- E-Online celebrity news report
- "Magazine coverage of Chalke's birth to son Charlie Rhodes Afifi". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- "Sarah Chalke talks emotional upcoming story". http://cartermatt.com. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
- Why I Wore Lipstick[dead link]
- "Gaythering Storm – Gathering Storm parody with famous actors – Lance Bass, Jane Lynch, and more". FunnyOrDie. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- SOLVEJ SCHOU , TOI Crest, Oct 20, 2009, 12.00am IST (2009-10-20). "Report on Chalke and Cure(R) program". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
- Ausiello, Michael (2010-02-03). "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins ABC's 'Freshman'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
- Ausiello, Michael (2010-04-13). "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins 'Team Spitz'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2010-05-18.
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