Sarah Chalke

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Sarah Chalke
Chalke in December 2008.
Born(1976-08-27) August 27, 1976 (age 38)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Other namesSarah Louise Christine Chalke
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Jamie Afifi
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Sarah Chalke
Chalke in December 2008.
Born(1976-08-27) August 27, 1976 (age 38)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Other namesSarah Louise Christine Chalke
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Jamie Afifi

Sarah Chalke (/ˈɔːk/; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian actress known for portraying Dr. Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC comedy series Scrubs, the second Rebecca "Becky" Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, and Stella Zinman in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother.[1] She has also had a recurring role in the third season of ABC sitcom Cougar Town.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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. Also in 2013, she played a frantic mother named Casey Hedges in the Grey's Anatomy season 9 episode "Can't Fight This Feeling".

Personal life[edit]

Chalke is married to lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple have a son, Charlie Rhodes Afifi, born December 24, 2009.[6][7] Her son was diagnosed at the age of 2 years with Kawasaki's Disease.[8]


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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]



1992City BoyAngelica
1993Relentless: Mind of a KillerCarrie
1993Woman on the LedgeElizabeth
1994Ernest Goes to SchoolMaisy
1994Beyond ObsessionLaura Sawyer
1996Robin of LocksleyMarion Fitzwater
1996Dead AheadHeather Loch
1996Stand Against FearKrista Wilson
1997DaughtersAnnie Morrell
1997A Child's WishMelinda
1997Dying to BelongDrea Davenport
1998I've Been Waiting for YouSarah Zoltanne
1999Y2KMyra Soljev
1999All Shook UpKaty Dudston
2000Spin CycleTess
2000Cinderella: Single AgainCinderella
2001Kill Me LaterLinda
2001XCU: Extreme Close UpJane Bennett
2002It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas MovieHerself/Dr. Elliot Reid
2005AlchemySamantha Rose
2006Why I Wore Lipstick to My MastectomyGeralyn Lucas
2007Chaos TheoryPaula Crowe
2007Mama's BoyMaya
2008Prop 8: The MusicalCatholic schoolgirl from Hell


1993Neon RiderAnnie1 episode
1993The OdysseyEstate agent1 episode
1993–1997RoseanneBecky Conner-Healy70 episodes
1997Dead Man's GunMurial Jakes1 episode
1999First WaveChloe Wells1 episode
1999–2000Nothing Too Good for a CowboyGloria Hobson23 episodes
2001–2010ScrubsDr. Elliot Reid173 episodes
2002–2003Clone HighMarie Antoinette4 episodes
2007Saturday Night LiveDr. Elliot Reid
2008–09, 2014How I Met Your MotherDr. Stella ZinmanSeason 3-4 (recurring; 9 episodes)
Season 9 (guest: 1 episode)
2009ManeaterClarissa Alpert
2009Prep and LandingMagee (voice)
2010Team SpitzGuidance counsellor[13]
2011Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. NiceMagee (voice)
2011Mad LoveKate Swanson13 episodes
2011American Dad!Cami (voice)1 episode
2012Cougar TownAngie LeClaire4 episodes
2012The Fresh Beat BandGlinda"The Wizard of Song"
2013How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)PollyMain Role
2013Grey's AnatomyCasey HedgesSeason 9, Episode 19
2013Hollywood Game NightHerselfEpisode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013–presentRick and MortyBeth (voice)Main Cast
2014Really (TV pilot episode)LoriMain Role


  1. ^ "It's Official: Chalke Returning to 'Mother! Is Brit Next?'"[dead link] TV Guide. April 21, 2008. Retrieved on April 22, 2008.
  2. ^ Sarah Chalke at the Internet Movie Database
  3. ^ "Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff Tackle Wedgies in Hanes Underwear Commercial". Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ Schneider, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer finds 'Mad Love'". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Sarah Chalke Is Coming To Cougar Town!". September 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2012. 
  6. ^ E-Online celebrity news report
  7. ^ "Magazine coverage of Chalke's birth to son Charlie Rhodes Afifi". Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Sarah Chalke talks emotional upcoming story". Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Why I Wore Lipstick[dead link]
  10. ^ "Gaythering Storm – Gathering Storm parody with famous actors – Lance Bass, Jane Lynch, and more". FunnyOrDie. Retrieved January 22, 2011. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Ausiello, Michael (February 3, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins ABC's 'Freshman'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  13. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 13, 2010). "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins 'Team Spitz'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 

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