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Sarah Louise Christine Chalke (/ˈɔːk/; born August 27, 1976) is a Canadian actress and model. She is known for portraying Elliot Reid on the NBC/ABC comedy series Scrubs, the second Becky Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne, Stella Zinman on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and Beth Smith 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. She guest starred as Melanie Hertzal, a “special needs supermom” on ABC’s Speechless, a recurring character who was at first the nemesis and then business partner of the DiMeo family matriarch. Most recently, she stars in Firefly Lane on Netflix in 2021.

Early life

Chalke was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and was raised in North 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 eight 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; Chalke 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 later returned 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 and she would be a cast member for all nine seasons until the series ended its run in 2010. 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 early 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 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. 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 cancelled 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.

On April 28, 2017, it was announced that a revival of Roseanne was in the works, and that most of the original cast and some of the producers would return for the revival series. On May 16, 2017, it was confirmed that eight episodes of the show were greenlit by ABC and would air mid-season in 2018 with Chalke returning, but playing a role other than Becky Conner. Following its cancellation, she later returned for its spinoff series, The Conners.

Personal life

Chalke is engaged to lawyer Jamie Afifi. The couple has a son who was born in December 2009. Her son was diagnosed at age two with Kawasaki disease. Their daughter was born in May 2016.


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. She is an ambassador for the Audrey Hepburn Children’s Foundation. Chalke also made an appearance in a short video parodying a National Organization for Marriage’s advertisement opposing same-sex marriage, “Gathering Storm”. She was the 2009 ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure program, for which she also designed a T-shirt.



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Ernest Goes to School Maisy
1999 Y2K Myra Soljev
1999 All Shook Up Katy Dudston
2000 Cinderella: Single Again Cinderella Short
2000 Spin Cycle Tess
2001 Kill Me Later Linda
2001 XCU: Extreme Close Up Jane Bennett
2005 Alchemy Samantha Rose
2005 Cake Jane
2007 Mama’s Boy Maya
2008 Chaos Theory Paula Crowe
2016 Mother’s Day Gabi
2016 After the Reality Kate
2020 The Wrong Missy Julia
2020 Eat Wheaties! Frankie Riceborough


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Neon Rider Annie Episode: “Labour Day”
1992 City Boy Angelica TV film
1993 Relentless: Mind of a Killer Carrie TV film
1993 Woman on the Ledge Elizabeth TV film
1993–1997, 2018 Roseanne Becky Conner-Healy / Andrea Main role (seasons 6–7, 9), recurring (8, 10)
1994 Beyond Obsession Laura Sawyer TV film
1996 Robin of Locksley Marion Fitzwater TV film
1996 Dead Ahead Heather Loch TV film
1996 Stand Against Fear Krista Wilson TV film
1997 A Child’s Wish Melinda TV film
1997 Dying to Belong Drea Davenport TV film
1997 Daughters Annie Morrell TV film
1997 Dead Man’s Gun Muriel Jakes Episode: “The Bounty Hunter”
1998 I’ve Been Waiting for You Sarah Zoltanne TV film
1999 First Wave Chloe Wells Episode: “The Channel”
1999–2000 Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy Gloria Hobson Main role
2001–2010 Scrubs Elliot Reid Main role (seasons 1–8), recurring (season 9)
2002 It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie Dr. Elliot Reid TV film
2002–2003 Clone High X-Stream Erin, Marie Antoinette (voice) Episodes: “Election Blu-Galoo”, “A Room of One’s Clone”, “Make, Makeover, Makeover”
2003–2004 The ‘Bu Melissa Main role
2006 Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy Geralyn Lucas TV film
2008 Little Britain USA Lisa Warren Deleted Scene
2008–2009, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Stella Zinman Recurring role (seasons 3–4), guest (season 9)
2009 Scrubs: Interns Dr. Elliot Reid Episode: “Our Bedside Manner”
2009 Maneater Clarissa Alpert TV miniseries
2009 The Fresh Beat Band The Good Witch Episodes: “The Wizard of Song: Parts 1 & 2”
2009 Prep & Landing Magee (voice) TV film
2010 Team Spitz Alicia TV film
2010 Freshmen Jane TV film
2011 Mad Love Kate Swanson Main role
2011, 2017 American Dad! Cam, Meredith (voice) Episodes: “Stanny Boy and Frantastic”, “The Bitchin’ Race”
2011 Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice Magee (voice) TV film
2012 Cougar Town Angie Episodes: “Full Moon Fever”, “A One Story Town”, “Something Big”, “You Can Still Change Your Mind”
2013 Grey’s Anatomy Casey Hedges Episode: “Can’t Fight This Feeling”
2013 How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life) Polly Green-Tatham Main role
2013–present Rick and Morty Beth Smith (voice) Main role
2014 Really Lori Episode: “Pilot”
2015 Backstrom Amy Gazanian Recurring role
2015 Undateable Sarah Chalke Episode: “A Rock and a Hard Place Walk Into a Bar”
2015 Tit for Tat Sarah Episode: “Booby Scare 2”
2016 Angie Tribeca Mrs. Parsons Episode: “The Famous Ventriloquist Did It”
2016 Inside Amy Schumer Amy #2 Episode: “Psychopath Test”
2016–2019 Milo Murphy’s Law Mrs. Murawski (voice) Recurring role
2017–2019 Speechless Melanie Recurring role
2018 Nobodies Sarah Chalke Episode: “Alone Star State”
2018 The Conners Andrea Episode: “One Flew Over the Conners’ Nest”
2018 Friends from College Merrill Morgan Recurring role (season 2)
2018–2020 Paradise PD Gina Jabowski (voice) Main role
2020 Psych 2: Lassie Come Home Nurse Dolores TV film
2021 Firefly Lane Kate Mularkey Main role