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-TV sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Stella Zinman. In the spring of 2011, she starred in the CBS-TV 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.
In 2018, Sarah will be playing a new character named Andrea in the Roseanne revivial as the original Becky (Lecy Goranson) will be reprising her role.
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 Afifi, was born in May 2016.
Sarah 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.
|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||A Child's Wish||Melinda|
|1997||Dying to Belong||Drea Davenport|
|1998||I've Been Waiting for You||Sarah Zoltanne|
|1999||All Shook Up||Katy Dudston|
|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|
|2006||Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy||Geralyn Lucas|
|2007||Chaos Theory||Paula Crowe|
|2008||Poop 8: The Musical||Catholic schoolgirl from Hell|
|1993||Neon Rider||Annie||1 episode|
|1993||The Odyssey||Estate agent||1 episode|
|1993–1997||Roseanne||Becky Conner-Healy||42 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||Prep and Landing||Magee (voice)|
|2010||Team Spitz||Guidance counsellor|
|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)|
- ↑ Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins ABC's 'Freshman'", Entertainment Weekly, February 3, 2010. Retrieved on May 18, 2010.
- ↑ Ausiello, Michael. "Pilot Intel: Sarah Chalke joins 'Team Spitz'", Entertainment Weekly, April 13, 2010. Retrieved on May 18, 2010.