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Sarah Chalke is the actress who plays Dr. Elliot Reid on Scrubs. She was a member of the main cast for 8 seasons, and was a supporting member of Season Nine.


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.

Sarah in the Mad Love opening title.

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.


Year Title Media Character
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 (26 episodes)
I've Been Waiting for You TV Movie Sarah Zoltanne
1999 All Shook Up Film Katy Dudston
Y2K Film Myra
First Wave TV Chloe Wells (1 episode)
2000 Spin Cycle Film Tess
Cinderella: Single Again Film Cinderella
2001 Kill Me Later Film Linda
XCU: Extreme Close Up Film Jane Bennett
Scrubs TV Elliot Reid
2002 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie TV Movie Elliot Reid
Clone High TV X-Stream Erin / Marie Antoinette (3 episodes)
2005 Awesometown TV Movie Melissa
Alchemy Film Samantha Rose
Cake Film Jane
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)
Mama's Boy Film Maya
2008 How I Met Your Mother TV Stella Zinman (10 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)
Robot Chicken TV Raptor #1 / Harold's Wife / Woman (1 episode)
2013 Grey's Anatomy TV Casey Hedges (1 episode)
How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life) TV Polly (Main Role)
Rick and Morty TV Beth
2014 Really TV Lori (1 episode)
2015 Backstrom TV Amy Gazanian (6 episodes)


Year Ceremony Award Result For
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 BraffSarah ChalkeDonald FaisonNeil FlynnKen JenkinsJohn C. McGinley
Judy ReyesEliza CoupeKerry BishéMichael MosleyDave Franco
SUPPORTING Johnny KastlSam LloydRobert MaschioChrista MillerTravis SchuldtAloma Wright
SEE ALSO List of character appearances • Cast from Season: 12345678W9 e