Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski
Yvonne Strahovski at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Strahovski at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2013
Born Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski
(1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 31)
Werrington Downs, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for CIA Agent Sarah Walker (Chuck)
Hannah McKay (Dexter)
Miranda Lawson (Mass Effect series)

Yvonne Strahovski (born Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski;[1] 30 July 1982) is an Australian actress. After graduating from the University of Western Sydney, she began her career working in Australian television. She then moved to America and is best known for her roles as CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the NBC television series Chuck (2007–2012)[2] and as Hannah McKay in the Showtime series Dexter (2012–2013). She is also noted as the voice and model of Miranda Lawson in the Mass Effect video game trilogy.

Early life[edit]

Strahovski was born in Werrington Downs,[3] a suburb of Sydney, as Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski, to Bożena and Piotr Strzechowski.[4] Her parents had emigrated from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Strahovski speaks Polish and English. She adopted the more phonetic spelling of Strahovski as her stage name at Chuck, which was at producer Josh Schwartz's behest for the sake of easier pronunciation. Strahovski's father is an electronic engineer, and her mother works as a lab technician.[5] Strahovski started acting when she played Viola in a school production of Twelfth Night.[6]

She spent her high school years attending Santa Sabina College, Strathfield. She graduated from University of Western Sydney's Theatre Nepean in 2003 and co-founded a small theater company.[7][8]


Strahovski at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011

Strahovski started her career in Australia appearing in film and TV roles, including a turn on satirical show Double the Fist and a part as Freya Lewis in the Australian drama series headLand. She has also appeared in Channel Nine's Sea Patrol.

She sent in her audition tape for the show Chuck while in the United States auditioning for roles in other shows, namely NBC's 2007 series Bionic Woman.[9] She sent in an audition tape while waiting to hear from the other two jobs. She was contacted by the producers of Chuck the next day to come in and run lines with Zachary Levi. The producers called her back a week later letting her know she had been cast as Sarah Walker. Six months later, she moved to the United States.[10]

Strahovski speaks fluent Polish and employed it in a brief exchange with a colleague in the Chuck episode "Chuck Versus the Wookiee" and again in the episodes "Chuck Versus the Three Words" and "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners". Although she portrays an American in the series, she briefly spoke in a "Hollywood" Australian accent in the episode "Chuck Versus the Ex".

Strahovski appears in Mass Effect Galaxy, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 as the voice of Miranda Lawson. Strahovski had her face scanned and animated so she could portray Lawson in Mass Effect 2. Strahovski voices Aya Brea in the English version of the Parasite Eve spinoff, The 3rd Birthday, which was released on March 2011 for the PlayStation Portable. She also appeared in a CollegeHumor sketch in April 2011, parodying the music styles of Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber.[11]

Strahovski appeared in the 2011 film Killer Elite, alongside Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro.[12] She also appeared in the 2012 comedy The Guilt Trip, opposite Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.[13]

In 2010, Strahovski received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actress for Chuck, as well as a nomination for Spike Video Game Awards for Best Performance by a Human Female for Mass Effect 2. In 2011, Strahovski was nominated again for the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Action TV Actress. In 2011, Cosmopolitan Magazine (Australia) awarded Strahovski the Fun Fearless Female of the Year along with Favorite TV Actress.

In November 2011, she was cast as the female lead in I, Frankenstein (2014).[14] In March 2012, she was featured in a new SoBe Life commercial. And in May 2012, Strahovski ranked #35 in Maxim Hot 100 2012. In June 2012 Showtime announced Strahovski had joined the cast for the seventh season of Dexter in which she plays the role of Hannah McKay, a woman involved with an investigation following the death of her former lover, a spree killer whom she accompanied.[15] She reprised her role as Hannah McKay in the eighth season of Dexter.[16] In December 2012, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy[17][18] for which she won a Theatre World Award.[19] Yvonne Strahovski is a supporter of PETA and appeared in an ad for their "Adopt, Don't Buy" campaign.[20][21] Yvonne Strahovski was honored along with Liam Hemsworth for their work in international roles with the 2012 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[22]

In January 2014, it was announced at Television Critics Association's press panel that Strahovski will be starring in FOX's upcoming TV series 24: Live Another Day as a CIA agent.[23]


Strahovski at the Chuck panel at WonderCon 2009 in San Francisco.
Year Film Role Notes
2007 Gone Sondra As Yvonne Strzechowski
2009 Persons of Interest Lara Short film
As Yvonne Strzechowski
2008 Plex, TheThe Plex Sarah
2009 Canyon, TheThe Canyon Lori[24]
2010 I Love You Too[25][26][27] Alice
2010 Matching Jack[28][29] Veronica
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers[30] Peg Mooring Voice
2011 Killer Elite[12][31] Anne
2012 Outback, TheThe Outback Miranda Voice
2012 The Guilt Trip Jessica
2014 I, Frankenstein Terra Wade
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Double the Fist Suzie 1 episode: "Fear Factory"
2005–2006 headLand Freya Lewis Main Cast; 26 episodes
2007 Sea Patrol Martina Royce 1 episode: "Cometh the Hour"
2007–2012 Chuck Sarah Walker Main Role
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Action (2010)
TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress
TV Guide Award for Favorite Couple Who Have (Shared with Zachary Levi)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Action (2011)
2012–2013 Dexter Hannah McKay Recurring (Season 7, Season 8)
Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2014 24: Live Another Day Kate Morgan filming
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mass Effect Galaxy Miranda Lawson Voice
2010 Mass Effect 2 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness
2011 The 3rd Birthday[32] Aya Brea Voice (English version)
2012 Mass Effect 3 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness


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  12. ^ a b Michael Bodey (28 April 2010). "Elite signed up for killer roles". The Australian. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
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  17. ^ Isherwood, Charles (2012-12-06). "The Sweet Science vs. the Stradivarius". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Kennedy, Mark (2012-12-06). "Review: 'Golden Boy' returns with golden touches". Google News. Associated Press. 
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  22. ^ "Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards". Australiansinfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-04-22. 
  23. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski Joins '24' Limited Series". 
  24. ^ "First Look: Yvonne Strahovski in The Canyon". ShockTillYouDrop.com. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
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  26. ^ "In Cinemas Now". I Love You Too Movie. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  27. ^ "Twitter / PETER HELLIAR: When does it come out on D". Twitter. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  28. ^ "A new film from Nadia Tass and David Parker". Matching Jack. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  29. ^ "The Australian Film Institute | 2010 Film Schedule". AFI.org.au. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  30. ^ "LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers". IMDb. Retrieved 2010-02-22. 
  31. ^ "In Theaters Sept 23 | Open Road Films". Killer Elite. Retrieved 2011-08-10. 
  32. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski will be in 'The 3rd Birthday'". Twitter. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 

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