Who is Sara Chalke?
Fans of the comedy series “Scrubs” which was broadcast from 2001 until 2010 are certainly familiar with the character of Doctor Elliot Reid, a neurotic intern who often tells seemingly pointless stories, but is also one of the funniest characters in the series. The actress who portrayed this character is Sarah Louise Christine Chalke, known simply as Sarah Chalke, and if you ever wanted to know more about her, let us tell you the naked truth about this talented actress, model, and health care activist.
Sarah has over 70 acting credits to her name, and besides the aforementioned role, is perhaps known best for her part as Becky in the series “Roseanne”, in which she replaced Alicia Goranson, and is also well-known for her guest role as Stella Zinman in the series “How I Met Your Mother”. Speaking of her movie roles, she’s been seen starring in several TV movies, while one of her most notable roles was her portrayal of Paula Crowe in “Chaos Theory”, also starring Ryan Reynolds, Stuart Townsend and Emily Mortimer.
Early life and education
Sarah Chalke was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 27 August 1976, in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, thus she holds Canadian nationality, although in April 2008 she also became a naturalized American citizen.
She was raised in Vancouver, Canada, by her parents; her father Douglas Chalke is a lawyer, but about her mother, Angie Chalke, little is known, except that she’s from Rostock, Germany, so Sarah’s ethnicity is of mixed English and German descent. Her parents are both mediators, and run a child adoption agency.
Sarah has two sisters, Natasha and Piper, but the two prefer to keep their lives away from media attention, thus they are only known as Sarah’s sisters.
Sarah had an interest in music from an early age, and learnt to play the cello. When she was eight years old, she made her theatre debut in a local production. She attended Handsworth Secondary School, then upon matriculating in 1994, she didn’t enroll in college, but pursued her acting career.
Roles in series
Sarah made her acting debut portraying a Realtor in an episode of the series “The Odyssey” in 1992, followed by her role as Annie in “Neon Rider”, and then from 1993 until 2018, she portrayed Becky in “Roseanne”.
Concurrently with this role, from 1999 until 2000, she was cast as Gloria Hobson in “Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy”, and then in 2001, Sarah began playing Doctor Elliot Reid in “Scrubs”, also starring Zach Braff and Donald Faison. The series had 135 award nominations and won 33, including two Primetime Emmys, while Sarah won the Online Film & Television Association (OFTA) Award for Best Actress in a New Comedy Series in 2001, and was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress-Comedy in 2003.
Sarah was also seen starring in “Clone High” (2002), “The ‘Bu” (2004), “How I Met Your Mother” (2008-2014), “Mad Love” (2011), “Cougar Town” (2012), and “Backstrom” (2015), and she was seen as Melanie in “Speechless” from 2017 until 2019, when she was cast to play Merrill Morgan in “Friends from College”, followed by her role as Gina Jabowski in “Paradise PD” in 2021.
Her most recent role was in the romantic drama series “Firefly Lane” in which she portrayed Kate Mularkey, also starring Katherine Heigl, Ali Skovbye and Yael Yurman – the first season was broadcast in 2021, while the second season is announced to be premiered on Netflix in 2022.
Roles in movies
Sarah made her first movie appearance as Angelica in the 1992 movie “City Boy”, followed by her roles in TV movies such as “Relentless: Mind of a Killer” and “Woman on the Ledge” in 1993.
In the following year, she was seen in “Beyond Obsession”, before she was cast to play Maisy in the 1994 movie “Ernest Goes to School”, which was her big-screen debut.
In the following years, Sarah starred in several TV movies, including “A Child’s Wish”, “Our Mother’s Murder”, and “I’ve Been Waiting for You”. In 1999 she was cast to play Myra Soljev in “Y2K”, followed by her role as Katy Dudston in “All Shook Up”, then in 2000 she played the title role in “Cinderella: Single Again”, and was seen as Tess in “Spin Cycle”.
In 2001, Sarah was cast to play Linda in “Kill Me Later”, followed by her role as Jane Bennett in “XCU: Extreme Close Up”, while her next role came in the 2005 movies “Alchemy” and “Cake”.
In the biographic drama “Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy”, Sarah portrayed Geralyn Lucas, and as she said, this role meant so much for her, because her aunt and grandmother died from breast cancer, and she’s since encouraged early detection and prevention.
In 2007, the movie was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie, while Sarah was nominated for the Gold Derby Award for TV Movie/Mini Actress, and OFTA Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries.
In the same year, Sarah starred in “Chaos Theory” and “Mama’s Boy”, and then in 2010, she was seen in the TV movies “Team Spitz” and “Freshmen.
Her next role came in the 2015 movie “48 Hours ‘til Monday”, followed by her roles in “Mother’s Day” and “After the Reality” in 2016, while her most recent movie roles were in “The Wrong Missy” and “Eat Wheaties!” in 2020.
Love life and relationships
There have been various rumors concerning Sarah’s love life – it’s known that from 1995 until 1996 she was in a relationship with Canadian actor Devon Sawa, and in 2000 she was dating American actor Will Forte, best known as a cast member of the show “Saturday Night Live”.
From 2001 until 2003, Sarah was in a relationship with Zach Braff, her co-star from the series “Scrubs”, but they remained good friends after they broke up, although rumors soon started about Sarah dating Jamie Afifi, a Canadian entertainment lawyer, which later were confirmed as true.
The two became engaged in December 2006, and on 24 December 2009, Sarah gave birth to their son Charlie Rhodes Afifi, who was later diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease; their daughter Frances was born on 28 April 2016.
As of June 2022, Sarah and Jamie are still together, and are raising their children in their residence in Vancouver.
Age, height, and net worth
Sarah’s age is 45, an has blonde hair and blue eyes. She weighs around 140lbs (65kgs) and is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, with vital statistics of 36-26-37.
According to sources, as of June 2022, her net worth has been estimated at $15 million, most of the income she’s earned through her acting career.