Sarah Chalke

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Sarah Chalke
Chalke in December 2008
Born (1976-08-27) August 27, 1976 (age 43)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Other namesSarah Louise Christine Chalke
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
OccupationActress, voice artist
Years active1992–present
Known forRoseanne
Rick and Morty
Partner(s)Jamie Afifi

Sarah Chalke (/ɔːk/; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian actress and voice artist. She is known for portraying Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC comedy series Scrubs, the second Becky Conner and Andrea on the ABC sitcoms Roseanne and The Conners, Stella Zinman on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and Beth Smith on Adult Swim's adult animated science-fiction series Rick and Morty. She also had a recurring role on the third season of the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town. She guest starred as Melanie Hertzal, a 'Special Needs SuperMom' on ABC's Speechless, a recurring character who was at first the nemesis and then business partner of the DiMeo family matriarch.

Early life[edit]

Chalke was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. She is the middle of three daughters born to Douglas and Angela Chalke. Her mother is 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 spoke German and French at the same levels. Chalke graduated from Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver in 1994.


Chalke's acting career began at age eight when she began appearing in musical theater productions. At 12, she became a reporter on the Canadian children's show KidZone.[1] In 1993, she took over the role of Rebecca Conner-Healy on Roseanne after Lecy Goranson left the series; Chalke 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 later returned 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 and she would be a cast member for all nine seasons until the series ended its run in 2010. She has appeared in several feature films, including Ernest Goes to School and Cake.[2] 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.[3] In 2008 and 2009, she made appearances in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Stella Zinman. In early 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.[4][5]

Chalke was signed by former Scrubs 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.[6] 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 cancelled one month later. She played Polly, a single and very uptight divorced mother who found herself moving back in with her parents (Elizabeth Perkins and Brad Garrett) because of the economic downturn. Also in 2013, she played a frantic mother named Casey Hedges in the Grey's Anatomy season-9 episode "Can't Fight This Feeling". Chalke also voices Beth on the show Rick and Morty.

On April 28, 2017, it was announced that a revival of Roseanne was in the works, and that most of the original cast and some of the producers would return for the revival series.[7] On May 16, 2017, it was confirmed that eight episodes of the show were greenlit by ABC and would air mid-season in 2018 with Chalke returning, but playing a role other than Becky Conner.[8] Following the cancellation, she later returned for spinoff series, The Conners.

Personal life[edit]

Chalke is engaged to lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple has a son who was born in December 2009.[9][10] Her son was diagnosed at age two with Kawasaki disease.[11] Their daughter was born in May 2016.[12]


Chalke's aunt and grandmother died from 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.[13] She is an ambassador for the Audrey Hepburn Children's Foundation. Chalke also made an appearance in a short video parodying a National Organization for Marriage's advertisement opposing same-sex marriage, "Gathering Storm".[14][15] She was the 2009 ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure program, for which she also designed a T-shirt.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Ernest Goes to School Maisy
1999 Y2K Myra Soljev
All Shook Up Katy Dudston
2000 Spin Cycle Tess
Cinderella: Single Again Cinderella Short Film
2001 Kill Me Later Linda
XCU: Extreme Close Up Jane Bennett
2005 Alchemy Samantha Rose
Cake Jane
2007 Chaos Theory Paula Crowe
Mama's Boy Maya
2016 Mother's Day Gabi
After the Reality Kate

Television films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 City Boy Angelica
1993 Relentless: Mind of a Killer Carrie
Woman on the Ledge Elizabeth
1994 Beyond Obsession Laura Sawyer
1996 Robin of Locksley Marion Fitzwater
Dead Ahead Heather Loch
Stand Against Fear Krista Wilson
1997 Daughters Annie Morrell
A Child's Wish Melinda
Dying to Belong Drea Davenport
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Sarah Zoltanne
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Herself / Dr. Elliot Reid
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Geralyn Lucas
2009 Prep & Landing Magee (voice)
2010 Prep & Landing: Operation: Secret Santa Magee (voice)
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Magee (voice)

Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Neon Rider Annie Episode: "Labour Day"
The Odyssey Estate agent Episode: "A Place Called Nowhere"
1993–1997 Roseanne Becky Conner-Healy 39 episodes
1997 Dead Man's Gun Murial Jakes Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
1999 First Wave Chloe Wells Episode: "The Channel"
1999–2000 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Gloria Hobson 26 episodes
20012010 Scrubs Dr. Elliot Reid 171 episodes
2002 Clone High X-Stream Erin (voice) Episode: “Election Boo-Galoo”
2003 Clone High Marie Antoinette (voice) 2 episodes
2006 The 'Bu Melissa 4 episodes
2007 Saturday Night Live Dr. Elliot Reid Episode: "Zach Braff/Maroon 5"
20082014 How I Met Your Mother Stella Zinman 10 episodes
2009 Maneater Clarissa Alpert 2 episodes
2011 Mad Love Kate Swanson 13 episodes
American Dad! Cami (voice) Episode: “Stanny Boy and Frantastic”
2012 Cougar Town Angie LeClaire 4 episodes
The Fresh Beat Band Glinda Episode: "The Wizard of Song"
2013 How to Live with Your Parents
(For the Rest of Your Life)
Polly 13 episodes
Grey's Anatomy Casey Hedges Episode: "Can't Fight This Feeling"
2013–2014 Hollywood Game Night Herself 2 episodes
2013–present Rick and Morty Beth Smith (voice) 30 episodes
2014 Really Lori Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Backstrom Amy Gazanian 6 episodes
Undateable Herself Episode: "A Rock and a Hard Place Walk Into a Bar"
2016 Angie Tribeca Mrs. Parsons Episode: "The Famous Ventriloquist Did It"
Inside Amy Schumer Amy #2 Episode: "Psychopath Test"
2016–present Milo Murphy's Law Mrs. Murawski (voice) 4 episodes
2017 American Dad! Meredith (voice) Episode: “The Bitchin' Race"
2017–2019 Speechless Melanie Hertzal 6 episodes
2018 Roseanne Andrea 3 episodes
Nobodies Herself Episode: "Alone Star State"
Paradise PD Gina Jabowski (voice) 10 episodes
The Conners Andrea Episode: "One Flew Over the Conners' Nest"
2017-2019 Friends from College Merrill Morgan 4 episodes
2019 Match Game Herself 1 episode
TBA Firefly Lane Kate Mularkey Upcoming TV series


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  3. ^ "Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff Tackle Wedgies in Hanes Underwear Commercial". Archived from the original on September 5, 2010. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer finds 'Mad Love'". Variety. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010.
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  6. ^ "Sarah Chalke Is Coming To Cougar Town!". September 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "'Roseanne' revival may be in the works". USA Today. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe (May 16, 2017). "'Roseanne' Revival Lands at ABC". Variety. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  10. ^ "Magazine coverage of Chalke's birth to son Charlie Rhodes Afifi". Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  11. ^ Mitovich, Matt Webb (March 7, 2013). "Grey's Exclusive: Sarah Chalke Opens Up About Bringing Her Own Crisis to TV: 'There Were Tears'". TVLine. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  12. ^ Gajewski, Ryan (July 24, 2016). "Sarah Chalke Welcomes Second Child With Fiance Jamie Afifi: Find Out Their Baby Girl's Name!". Us Weekly.
  13. ^ Why I Wore Lipstick Archived October 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Gaythering Storm – Gathering Storm parody with famous actors – Lance Bass, Jane Lynch, and more". FunnyOrDie. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  15. ^ Funny Or Die (July 19, 2013), A Gaythering Storm, retrieved September 20, 2018
  16. ^ SOLVEJ SCHOU , TOI Crest, Oct 20, 2009, 12.00am IST (October 20, 2009). "Report on Chalke and Cure(R) program". The Times of India. Retrieved January 22, 2011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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