Sarah Louise Christine Chalke was born in Ottawa, Canada but her family soon moved to Vancouver B.C. where she grew up with her older and younger sisters. She showed an interest in acting by age 8, but was initially overshadowed by her older sister. Sarah snagged a position in 1990 on the Canadian children's series Kids Zone. In 1992 she made her debut in acting, starring in the TV movie City Boys. A year later she was given the role of Rebecca “Becky” Conner-Healy on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, after the first actress, Lecy Goranson, left the show to attend college. Sarah appeared as Becky from 1993-1995, in the middle of 8th season and in the whole 9th and final season of the show. This switching became a running gag of the show in season 8.
After deciding not to graduate from college but to focus on acting, Sarah returned to Vancouver in 1998 where she co-starred in the CBC-TV’s Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, which lasted for 2 years and for which she received a Gemini nomination. In September 2000, she moved to Los Angeles and was soon cast for Scrubs. She has since starred in multiple movies, including Alchemy with Tom Cavanagh, Cake starring Heather Graham, and Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds. She continued to appear on the stage. In 2005 she appeared in Create Fate, and the Off-Broadway production Modern Orthodox, filling in for Molly Ringwald. Outside of Scrubs and Roseanne, Sarah is best known for her role as Stella Zinman in How I Met Your Mother, where she was rumored to be the mysterious "mother" character.
Sarah is engaged to the entertainment lawyer Jamie Afifi and her first child, son Charlie Rhodes Afifi, was born on December 24th 2009.
- She speaks French and German fluently (which has been featured in many episodes of Scrubs).
- Has a penchant for advanced yoga, skiing and snowboarding.
- Her nicknames include "Second Becky" for the first couple of years on Scrubs set due to her replacement role in Roseanne. Another common nickname is "Chalkie".
- She loves her brown Labrador Lola, bought for her by the Scrubs cast at a charity auction.
- Sarah has a very special talent: she can write with her "freakishly long finger toes," as she calls them.
- She became a naturalized American citizen in April 2008.
- She lost her aunt and grandmother to cancer and she's passionate about this issue. She wears sunscreen every day and never gets tan. And this is one of the reasons she participated in Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Lifetime's movie.
Because of this she's also an avid spokesperson for the breast cancer awareness organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
- Unlike many other Hollywood stars who use fake tear drops, Sarah cries with her own real tears in dramatic scenes.
|1992||City Boy||TV Movie||Angelica|
|Neon Rider||TV||Annie (1 episode)|
|The Odyssey||TV||Estate Agent (1 episode)|
|1993||Relentless: Mind of a Killer||TV Movie||Carrie|
|Woman on the Ledge||TV Movie||Elizabeth|
|Roseanne||TV||Becky Conner-Healy (69 episodes)|
|1994||Ernest Goes to School||Film||Maisy|
|Beyond Obsession||TV Movie||Laura Sawyer|
|1996||Robin of Locksley||TV Movie||Marion Fitzwater|
|Dead Ahead||TV Movie||Heather Loch|
|Stand Against Fear||TV Movie||Krista Wilson|
|1997||Daughters||TV Movie||Annie Morrell|
|A Child's Wish||TV Movie||Melinda|
|Dying to Belong||TV Movie||Drea Davenport|
|Dead Man's Gun||TV||Murial Jakes (1 episode)|
|1998||Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy||TV Movie||Gloria McIntosh|
|Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy||TV||Gloria McIntosh Hobson (9 episodes)|
|I've Been Waiting for You||TV Movie||Sarah Zoltanne|
|1999||All Shook Up||Film||Katy Dudston|
|First Wave||TV||Chloe Wells|
|Cinderella: Single Again||Film||Cinderella|
|2001||Kill Me Later||Film||Linda|
|XCU: Extreme Close Up||Film||Jane Bennett|
|2002||It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie||TV Movie||Elliot Reid|
|Clone High||TV||X-Stream Erin / Marie Antoinette (3 episodes)|
|2006||Channel 101||TV Movie||Melissa|
|Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy||TV Movie||Geralyn Lucas|
|2007||Chaos Theory||Film||Paula Crowe|
|SNL||TV||Elliot Reid (1 episode)|
|2008||How I Met Your Mother||TV||Stella Zinman (9 episodes)|
|Prop 8: The Musical||Video||Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell|
|2009||Maneater||TV||Clarissa (2 episodes)|
|Prep & Landing||TV Movie||Magee|
|2010||Prep & Landing: Operation Secret Santa||TV Special||Magee|
|2011||Mad Love||TV||Kate Swanson|
|American Dad!||TV||Cami (1 episode)|
|Cougar Town||TV||Angie LeClaire (4 episodes)|
|2012||The Fresh Beat Band||TV||Glinda the Good Witch (1 episode)|
|2013||How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)||TV||Polly (Main Role)|
|2000||Gemini Awards||Gemini||Nominated||Best Performance by an Actress in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role - Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy|
|2003||Teen Choice Awards||Teen Choice Award||Nominated||Choice TV Actress - Comedy - Scrubs|
|2004||TV Land Awards||TV Land Award||Nominated||Irreplaceable Replacement - Roseanne|
|2006||TV Land Awards||TV Land Award||Nominated||The Most Irreplaceable Replacement - Roseanne|
|2008||TV Land Awards||Innovator Award||Won||Roseanne|
|MAIN|| Zach Braff • Sarah Chalke • Donald Faison • Neil Flynn • Ken Jenkins • John C. McGinley • |
Judy Reyes • Eliza Coupe • Kerry Bishé • Michael Mosley • Dave Franco
|SUPPORTING||Johnny Kastl • Sam Lloyd • Robert Maschio • Christa Miller • Travis Schuldt • Aloma Wright|
|SEE ALSO||List of character appearances • Cast from Season: 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • W • 9|