Sarah Chalke

Sarah Chalke

Chalke in December 2008
Born (1976-08-27) August 27, 1976
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Other names Sarah Louise Christine Chalke
Sarah Cassandra Chalke
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Partner(s) Jamie Afifi
Children 2

Sarah Chalke (/ˈɔːk/; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian-American actress known for portraying Dr. Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC comedy series Scrubs, the second Rebecca "Becky" Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, Stella Zinman on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and Beth 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.

Early life

Chalke was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in 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 8 when she began appearing in musical theater 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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 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.

Personal life

Chalke is engaged to lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple have a son, Charlie Rhodes Afifi, born December 24, 2009.[4][5] Her son was diagnosed at age 2 with Kawasaki disease.[6] Their daughter, Frankie, was born in spring 2016.[7]


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.[8] 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.[9] 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.[10]



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


Year Title Role Notes
1992 City Boy Angelica Television movie
1993 Relentless: Mind of a Killer Carrie Television movie
1993 Woman on the Ledge Elizabeth Television movie
1993 Neon Rider Annie Episode: "Labour Day"
1993 The Odyssey Estate agent Episode: "A Place Called Nowhere"
1993–1997 Roseanne Becky Conner-Healy 39 episodes
1994 Beyond Obsession Laura Sawyer Television movie
1996 Robin of Locksley Marion Fitzwater Television movie
1996 Dead Ahead Heather Loch Television movie
1996 Stand Against Fear Krista Wilson Television movie
1997 Daughters Annie Morrell Television movie
1997 A Child's Wish Melinda Television movie
1997 Dying to Belong Drea Davenport Television movie
1997 Dead Man's Gun Murial Jakes Episode: "The Bounty Hunters"
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Sarah Zoltanne Television movie
1999 First Wave Chloe Wells Episode: "The Channel"
1999–2000 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Gloria Hobson 26 episodes
2001–2010 Scrubs Dr. Elliot Reid 171 episodes
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Herself/Dr. Elliot Reid Television movie
2002–2003 Clone High X-Stream Erin (voice) 1 episode
2002–2003 Clone High Marie Antoinette (voice) 2 episodes
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Geralyn Lucas Television movie
2007 Saturday Night Live Dr. Elliot Reid Episode: "Zach Braff/Maroon 5"
2008–2014 How I Met Your Mother Dr. Stella Zinman 10 episodes
2009 Maneater Clarissa Alpert 2 episodes
2011 Mad Love Kate Swanson 13 episodes
2011 American Dad! Cami Episode: "Stanny Boy and Frantastic"
2012 Cougar Town Angie LeClaire 4 episodes
2012 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
2013 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 (voice) 21 episodes
2014 Really Lori Episode: "Pilot"
2015 Backstrom Amy Gazanian 6 episodes
2016 Angie Tribeca Mrs. Parsons Episode: "The Famous Ventriloquist Did It"
2016 Milo Murphy's Law Mrs. Murawski (voice)


  1. "Scrubs' Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff Tackle Wedgies in Hanes Underwear Commercial". Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  2. Schneider, Michael (June 26, 2010). "Judy Greer finds 'Mad Love'". Variety. Archived from the original on June 28, 2010.
  3. "Sarah Chalke Is Coming To Cougar Town!". September 11, 2011. Retrieved July 11, 2012.
  4. "Breaking Celeb News, Entertainment News, and Celebrity Gossip". E! Online. Retrieved April 28, 2016.
  5. "Magazine coverage of Chalke's birth to son Charlie Rhodes Afifi". Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  6. 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.
  7. "Sarah Chalke Welcomes Second Child With Fiance in July 2016.".
  8. Why I Wore Lipstick Archived October 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. "Gaythering Storm – Gathering Storm parody with famous actors – Lance Bass, Jane Lynch, and more". FunnyOrDie. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  10. 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.
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