Yvonne Strahovski

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Yvonne Strahovski
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Strahovski at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski

(1982-07-30) 30 July 1982 (age 38)
Years active2004–present
Tim Loden
m. 2017)

Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski[1][2] (born 30 July 1982), known professionally as Yvonne Strahovski (/strəˈhɒvski/), is an Australian actress. She is best known for her roles as CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the NBC spy drama series Chuck (2007–2012), Hannah McKay in the Showtime drama series Dexter (2012–2013), and CIA Agent Kate Morgan in the Fox event series 24: Live Another Day (2014). She stars as Serena Joy Waterford in the Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale (2017–present), for which she has received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Strahovski's other notable works include Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers (2010), Killer Elite (2011), I, Frankenstein (2014), The Astronaut Wives Club (2015), Manhattan Night (2016), He's Out There (2018), and The Predator (2018). She has also voiced Miranda Lawson in the Mass Effect video game series and Batwoman in the animated superhero film Batman: Bad Blood (2016).

Early life[edit]

Strahovski was born in Werrington Downs, New South Wales, Australia[3] the daughter of Piotr and Bożena Strzechowski;[4] her parents immigrated from Warsaw, Poland. Her father is an electronic engineer, and her mother is a lab technician.[5] Strahovski began acting lessons at age 12[6] and spent her high school years attending Santa Sabina College, Strathfield. She attended the University of Western Sydney's Theatre Nepean in 2003 and co-founded a small theater company.[7][8]


Strahovski about the beginning of her acting career

Strahovski started acting during her schooling years when she played Viola in the school production of Twelfth Night.[9] She appeared in film and television roles in Australia, including a turn on satirical show Double the Fist and as Freya Lewis in the Australian drama series headLand. She has also appeared in Channel Nine's Sea Patrol.

Strahovski at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con

Strahovski sent in her audition tape for the TV series Chuck while in the United States auditioning for roles in other shows, namely NBC's 2007 series Bionic Woman.[10] 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.[11] Strahovski adopted the more phonetic spelling of Strahovski as her stage name in place of Strzechowski at this time,[12] at producer Josh Schwartz's behest for the sake of easier pronunciation.

Strahovski at San Diego Comic Con 2010

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. She 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.[13]

Strahovski appeared in the 2011 film Killer Elite, alongside Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro.[14] She also appeared in the 2012 comedy The Guilt Trip, opposite Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.[15]

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) named Strahovski the Fun Fearless Female of the Year, along with Favorite TV Actress.

In November 2011, Strahovski was cast as the female lead in I, Frankenstein (2014).[16] In March 2012, she was featured in a new SoBe Life commercial. And in May 2012, Strahovski ranked No. 35 in Maxim Hot 100. 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 when she was a teenager.[17] She reprised her role as Hannah McKay in the eighth season of Dexter.[18]

In December 2012, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets' Golden Boy,[19][20] for which she won a Theatre World Award.[21] Strahovski was honored along with Liam Hemsworth for their work in international roles with the 2012 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.[22]

In 2014, Strahovski joined Fox's TV series 24: Live Another Day cast as Kate Morgan, CIA agent.[23] Later that year, she was cast as Rene Carpenter on the ABC limited series The Astronaut Wives Club.[24] In 2016, she starred, along with Adrien Brody, as Caroline Crowley in the film noir Manhattan Night. She was featured in Maxim Hot 100 from 2009 to 2013.[25]

Since 2017, she has starred as Serena Joy Waterford in the acclaimed Hulu drama series The Handmaid's Tale. For her performance, Strahovski earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2018.[26]

Personal life[edit]

At the 2017 Emmy Awards, Strahovski revealed that she was married to Tim Loden, her partner of six years.[27] Their first child, a boy named William, was born in October 2018.[28][29]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gone Sondra
2008 The Plex Sarah
2009 Persons of Interest Lara Short film
2009 The Canyon Lori Conway
2010 I Love You Too Alice
2010 Matching Jack Veronica
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Peg Mooring Voice
2011 Killer Elite Anne Frazier
2012 The Outback Miranda Voice
2012 The Guilt Trip Jessica
2014 I, Frankenstein Terra Wade
2015 Edge Beth
2016 Batman: Bad Blood Kate Kane/Batwoman Voice[30]
2016 Manhattan Night Caroline Crowley
2016 All I See Is You Karen
2018 He's Out There Laura
2018 The Predator Emily McKenna
2019 Angel of Mine Claire [31]
2021 The Tomorrow War Vicki Winslow


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Double the Fist Suzie Episode: "Fear Factory"
2005–2006 headLand Freya Lewis 33 episodes
2007 Sea Patrol Martina Royce Episode: "Cometh the Hour"
2007–2012 Chuck CIA Agent Sarah Walker Main role
91 episodes
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Action (2010)[32]
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)
2012–2013 Dexter Hannah McKay Recurring role
17 episodes
Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television
2014 Louie Blake Episode: "Model"
2014 24: Live Another Day CIA Agent Kate Morgan Main role
12 episodes
2015 The Astronaut Wives Club Rene Carpenter Main role
10 episodes
2015 Edge Beth Pilot
2017–present The Handmaid's Tale Serena Joy Waterford Main role
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2018 Tangled: The Series Stalyan (voice) 2 episodes
2020 Stateless Sofie Werner 6 episodes[33]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mass Effect Galaxy Miranda Lawson Voice
2010 Mass Effect 2 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness
2011 The 3rd Birthday Aya Brea Voice
English dub
2012 Mass Effect 3 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Three Pop Stars, One Song Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha and Justin Bieber CollegeHumor YouTube video[34]
2015 Princess Rap Battle Daenerys Targaryen YouTube video series; 1 episode


  1. ^ Yvonne Strahovski (10 December 2012). "Middle name". Twitter. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  2. ^ Polish pronunciation: [iˈvɔn ˈdʐaklin stʂɛˈxɔfskʲi]; Polish: Strzechowska [stʂɛˈxɔfska]
  3. ^ Aubrey, Marika. "How We Do What We Do...Yvonne Strahovski with Marika Aubrey". Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  4. ^ Simone Casey (30 May 2010). "10 Minutes With ... I Love You Too's Yvonne Strahovski — Who Magazine — Yahoo!7 Lifestyle". AU.LifeStyle.Yahoo.com. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Only child". Virgin Media. Retrieved 18 December 2009.
  6. ^ "From Sydney's west to role in US drama series". Penrith City Gazette. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 3 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski". NBC. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  8. ^ Ferri, Josh (13 December 2012). "Yvonne Strahovski on Her Comical Golden Boy Inspiration and Seth Rogen's 'Amazing' Laugh". Broadway.com.
  9. ^ "Acting bug". Virgin Media. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  10. ^ Special features of disc 3 of Chuck Season 1 "Chuck's World"
  11. ^ "Hemsworth and Strahovski to share award".
  12. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski". gq.com.au. 14 January 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Three Pop Stars, One Song (with Yvonne Strahovski) – CollegeHumor Video". CollegeHumor.com. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2011.
  14. ^ Michael Bodey (28 April 2010). "Elite signed up for killer roles". The Australian. Retrieved 28 July 2010.
  15. ^ Kit, Borys (13 May 2011). "'Chuck' Actress Joins Barbra Streisand Road Trip Comedy 'Guilt Trip' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  16. ^ Kit, Borys (17 November 2011). "'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski to Play Scientist in 'I, Frankenstein' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  17. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski Joins Dexter". Seat42f. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  18. ^ "'Dexter': Yvonne Strahovski Set to Return". The Hollywood Reporter. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  19. ^ Isherwood, Charles (6 December 2012). "The Sweet Science vs. the Stradivarius". The New York Times.
  20. ^ Kennedy, Mark (6 December 2012). "Review: 'Golden Boy' returns with golden touches". Google News. Associated Press.
  21. ^ "Tom Hanks, Bertie Carvel, Valisia LeKae, Rob McClure and More Are Theatre World Award Winners". Playbill. Archived from the original on 7 June 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  22. ^ "Australians in Film Breakthrough Awards". Australiansinfilm.org. Archived from the original on 3 July 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  23. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski Joins '24' Limited Series".
  24. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski to Co-Star in ABC's 'Astronaut Wives Club'". The Hollywood Reporter. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Hot 100 Details". Maxim. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  26. ^ "Emmy Nominations 2018: The Complete List of Nominees". TheWrap. 12 July 2018.
  27. ^ "Handmaid's Tale Yvonne Strahovski Reveals She Secretly Married Boyfriend Tim Loden Over the Summer". People.com. 17 September 2017. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  28. ^ "Yvonne Strahovski on Instagram: "My heart has melted into a billion pieces a thousand times already ❤️ We have been blessed with the greatest joy of our lives, our baby…"". Instagram. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  29. ^ "Blessed Be the Fruit! The Handmaid's Tale Star Yvonne Strahovski Welcomes First Child, a Son". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  30. ^ Sands, Rich (15 July 2015). "Yvonne Strahovski and Gaius Charles Get Animated for Batman: Bad Blood". TV Insider. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  31. ^ McNary, Dave (28 March 2018). "Yvonne Strahovski Joins Noomi Rapace in Thriller 'Angel of Mine'". Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  32. ^ "Teen Choice Awards Winners List". MTV. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  33. ^ https://www.safilm.com.au/news/latest-news/?newsid=168
  34. ^ "Three Pop Stars, One Song (with Yvonne Strahovski)", CollegeHumor, 12 April 2011, retrieved 28 August 2017

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