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Sarah Chalke (/ˈtʃɔːk/; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian actress known for portraying Dr. Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC-TV comedy series Scrubs, 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.

Early life

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, and raised in Vancouver, B.C., Sarah 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. Sarah 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 is engaged to lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple have a son, Charlie Rhodes Afifi, born December 24, 2009. Her son was diagnosed at the age of 2 years with Kawasaki's Disease. Their daughter Frankie, was born in May 2016.


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 Network film Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy. She is an ambassador for the Audrey Hepbur 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.



Year Title Role
1992 City Boy Angelica
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 Daughters Annie Morrell
1997 A Child's Wish Melinda
1997 Dying to Belong Drea Davenport
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Sarah Zoltanne
1999 Y2K Myra Soljev
1999 All Shook Up Katy Dudston
2000 Spin Cycle Tess
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
2005 Alchemy Samantha Rose
2005 Cake Jane
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Geralyn Lucas
2007 Chaos Theory Paula Crowe
2007 Mama's Boy Maya
2008 Poop 8: The Musical Catholic schoolgirl from Hell


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Neon Rider Annie 1 episode
1993 The Odyssey Estate agent 1 episode
1993–1997 Roseanne Becky Conner-Healy 70 episodes
2018 Andrea 9 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 Dr. Stella Zinman 9 episodes
2009 Maneater Clarissa Alpert
2009 Prep and Landing Magee (voice)
2010 Freshman Jane[1]
2010 Team Spitz Guidance counsellor[2]
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Magee (voice)
2011 Mad Love Kate Swanson 13 episodes
2011 American Dad! Cami (voice) 1 episode
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
2013 Hollywood Game Night Herself Episode: "Don't Kill My Buzz-er"
2013 Rick and Morty Beth Smith (née Sanchez)


  1. Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins ABC's 'Freshman'", Entertainment Weekly, February 3, 2010. Retrieved on May 18, 2010. 
  2. Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins 'Team Spitz'", Entertainment Weekly, April 13, 2010. Retrieved on May 18, 2010. 

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