Sarah Chalke

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Best known for her role as “Dr. Elliot Reid” in the show, “Scrubs” and “Stella Zinman” in “How I Met Your Mother”, Sarah Chalke was born on August 27, 1976, in Ottawa, Ontario to Douglas and Angela Chalke. She completed her high school from Handsworth Secondary School in Vancouver, in 1994. Due to the fact that her mother was from Germany, Chalke speaks effortless German which was assimilated into her character for “Scrubs”.

Chalke first entered the acting business at the young age of 8 when she signed up for musical productions in theatre. When she turned 12, she was made a reporter for the children’s show, “KidZone”. After Lecy Goranson’s departure from the show, “Roseanne”, Chalke was taken on in her place, for the role, “Rebecca Conner”. Following this, Chalke appeared in the show, “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy” in 1998.

Her big break finally came in 2001 when she was offered the role of Dr. Elliot Reid in “Scrubs”. She gained instant popularity and immense fan following for her work in in the series. Prior to this, she had acted in movies like, “Ernest Goes to School” and “Cake”. In 2007, she starred in “Chaos Theory” as a guest star along with Ryan Reynolds.

Branching out a bit from her acting career, Chalke became the ambassador and spokesperson for an underwear line for women by Hanes. She appeared in dozens of commercial for them which were directed by Zach Braff. Her next big role in television was for “How I Met Your Mother” in 2008 and 2009 where she played the character, Stella Zinman. Her next project was in 2011 when she appeared in a romantic comic show named, “Mad Love” but unfortunately the show was cancelled and taken off air after only one season.

Sarah Chalke was then approached by Bill Lawrence, who had produced “Scrubs”, to take part in the series, “Cougar Town” as Bobby Cobb’s love interest, which resulted in her appearing in dozens of episodes for the third season of the show. She then started working with ABC for the comic show, “How to Live with Your Parents” which started in 2013 but unfortunately that too got taken off air only after a month. She was playing the role of “Polly” who is a very staunch and stern divorced mother forced to move back with her parents. In 2013, she also appeared in the 9th season of “Grey’s Anatomy” playing the role of “Casey Hedges” an agitated mother.

Apart from her acting career, Chalke is also a cancer activist. Having lost her grandmother and aunt to the disease, she has worked on creating awareness for detection and prevention of cancer. She appeared in the movie, “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy” for the cause and is also the ambassador for “Audrey Hepburn Children’s Foundation”. In 2009, she was made the ambassador for “Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure” and she also came up with the design for their t-shirt. She has also appeared in the video made as a parody for the National Organization for Marriage’s video, titled “Gathering Storm”, which forbade and looked down on same-sex marriages.

In her personal life, Sarah Chalke is in a relationship with Jamie Afifi and the couple have a son named, Charlie who was born in 2009. He was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease when he turned 2.


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