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Eleanor Faye Woodcomb


Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Portrayed by: Sarah Lancaster
Status: Active
Occupation: Doctor at Westside Medical
Aliases: Ellie (diminutive)
Mrs. Awesome (Devon, season 4)
Hot Mama (Devon, season 5)
Relatives: Devon Woodcomb (husband)
Clara Woodcomb (daughter)
Stephen Bartowski (father, deceased)
Mary Bartowski (mother)
Chuck Bartowski (brother)
Jesse Gunter (maternal grandfather)
Mary Gunter (maternal grandmother)
Sarah Walker (sister in law)
Woody and Honey Woodcomb (parents in law)
Residence: Echo Park, Burbank, CA
Appearances: All
I just know what an incredible guy Charles Bartowski is, and sometimes I'm not so sure that he knows it.

Eleanor Faye "Ellie" Woodcomb, née Bartowski, M.D. Ph.D., is a main character, the elder sister of Chuck Bartowski, and the wife of Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb in the television series Chuck. She is portrayed by Sarah Lancaster.

Initially kept ignorant of her brother's clandestine activities, as of "Chuck Versus the Subway", she is initiated into the secrets of the Bartowski family and the Intersect.


Young Ellie.jpg

With the exception of her younger brother, Chuck (Zachary Levi), little was known about the Bartowski family at the start of the series. Their mother left them when they were young, and their father was "never really there".[1]

Their father Stephen Bartowski (Scott Bakula), first appeared in the episode "Chuck Versus the Dream Job" as their mother Mary Bartowski (Linda Hamilton), first appeared in the episode "Chuck Versus the Anniversary".

Ellie attended and graduated from UCLA medical school, where she met her future husband, Devon Woodcomb. They began dating when Devon gave her his sweater and said it was meant for her as the color matched her eyes.[2]

When her brother was expelled from Stanford University in 2003, he came back to Burbank to stay with her and Devon.[3] For most of their lives growing up, Chuck and Ellie relied only on each other, and after returning home, Ellie became one of her brother's main sources of support as he recovered from Bryce Larkin's betrayal, on both orchestrating Chuck's expulsion apparently stealing his girlfriend, Jill Roberts. At the beginning of the series, Ellie is seen throwing a birthday party for Chuck and invites a number of her girl friends for Chuck to meet in hopes of helping him move past Jill.

Ellie and Chuck

In "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac", Ellie joined Doctors Without Boarders with Devon and was posted to Africa, putting on hold a fellowship in Neurology at USC, something she had wanted since childhood. Devon was in favor of putting as much distance between Ellie and Chuck's new and dangerous life as possible, however, and campaigned for Africa, though told her he would accept which ever path she opts to take, so long as she is happy.  Ellie decides to go with Devon to Africa.  The Ring, however, follows her, in hopes of manipulating her into revealing the whereabouts of her father Stephen, and simulate an attack of malaria in Devon so the couple is forced to return to the States for treatment.


Ellie first appears in the series at the beginning of "Chuck Versus the Intersect", when Chuck tries to escape his birthday party which she arranged to try introducing him to some women.[4] She remains one of the most important anchors for Chuck and his real life throughout the series, and her safety is one of his foremost concerns for Chuck. When Chuck discovered John Casey had bugged the home he shared with Ellie, he was prepared to threaten Casey if he found out he was spying on her as well.[2]

Bartowski family hug

When Chuck's extraction by the government was imminent, he made a point of telling her goodbye, and later asked Sarah to tell her something to make his disappearance seem "okay".[5]

Most of Ellie's appearances in the series have been as part of the side-plots involving Chuck's real life and co-workers at the Buy More, she has rarely figured prominently into the main arc. Her most significant role in the main plot of an episode came in "Chuck Versus the Truth", in which Ellie attempted to treat nuclear expert Mason Whitney when he was poisoned by Riordan Payne. When Whitney later died, Payne, disguised as a police officer taking a statement, exposed Ellie to the same toxic truth serum he used on Whitney to find where he hid his nuclear codes. Ellie nearly died as a result of the poisoning until Chuck administered the antidote. Although she was in a coma during this time, Ellie became the first person Chuck told about his secret life.[2] She was also among the hostages in the Buy More when Ned Rhyerson crashed his car into the store while evading the police. For her sake, Chuck convinced Devon not to go through with a plan to overwhelm Ned, and later identified himself as the Intersect to Mauser to prevent him from killing her. The bracelet Chuck gave to Sarah in the same episode was a charm bracelet Chuck and Ellie's father gave to their mother when Ellie was born.[6]

Throughout the series, Ellie encourages Chuck, and pushes him towards leaving the Buy More and doing something more suitable to his intelligence level.[7] After Chuck expressed misgivings about his relationship with Sarah in "Chuck Versus the Suburbs," she encouraged Chuck to break up with her, before Morgan reminded her that Sarah was the best thing that had happened to him in a long time.[8] She was ecstatic when Chuck announced he was moving out and that he and Sarah would be getting a place together, but did not have a chance to react when Chuck later abruptly changed his mind.[9]

Devon proposed to Ellie at the end of "Chuck Versus the Marlin," which she accepted. This began a secondary arc throughout the second season covering the preparations for the wedding.

Stephen and Chuck give the bride away

Ellie's regret that her father would not be there led Chuck to try to track him down and promise that their father would be there.[10] Their father indeed appeared at the end of the second season (see below). Ellie married Devon in the second season finale.

A major recurring thread in the series is the love/hate relationship she has with Chuck's best friend Morgan Grimes. Morgan has been in love with Ellie for a long time, but Ellie at first shown to barely tolerate him. However, as the series progresses, and Morgan matures, she and Morgan come to form something resembling a friendship, partly owing to them both missing Chuck as his spy life begins to interfere more frequently with his real life.[1] Morgan also offers her support and comfort during a fight with Devon, where he admits he sees her as a sister.[11] Morgan's girlfriend, Anna, immediately takes a dislike to Ellie because of Morgan's long-standing crush.[12]It is revealed in "Chuck Versus the Anniversary" that Ellie is pregnant.

In "Chuck Versus Phase Three", Ellie finds a version of the Intersect on Stephen Bartowski's laptop, and re-codes it to be compatible with the human brain. Her solving the problem allows Chuck to download a new version of the Intersect 2.0.

In "Chuck Versus the Cat Squad" Ellie accepts Sarah's invitation to be the matron of honor at her wedding.


Throughout the series, Ellie seems to have a strong resentment towards her mother Mary. When Stephen came back to the family, Ellie was rather more upset that he broke his promises rather than leaving them, as her father had at least taught both Chuck and Ellie on how to take care of each other.

Mary, Devon, Ellie, and Baby Clara

It is revealed in the season three finale that Ellie hated her for leaving the family without any warning or sign, especially for leaving just a day after Chuck had accidentally broken their mother's necklace, so that he blamed himself for her absence.

When Mary returned to the family and visits Ellie in the Season Four episode "Chuck Versus the First Fight", Ellie did not show much trust towards her. However, as of "Chuck Versus the Push Mix", Ellie regains her trust for Mary after she reappeared in time to witness the birth of her grand-daughter, Clara Woodcomb. In "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible", Ellie seems pleased that Mary is spending most of her time watching over Clara, but only concerned if being a full time grandmother is what Mary wanted. She told Mary she had made Chuck quite the CIA (believing his resignation was still in force) and didn't want to stop another member of the family from pursuing that work. Once Ellie was made aware of Mary's spy life, and understood that there had been a reason that her mother had not been in her life, she appeared very forgiving and accepting, glad that her mother was back in her life.


Sarah Lancaster was cast in the role of Ellie Bartowski in March, 2007,[13] joining Zachary Levi, Adam Baldwin and Yvonne Strahovski. On January 16, 2009 it was announced that Scott Bakula would be appearing as Chuck and Ellie's father Stephen in a three-episode story.[14]


Ellie is kind and compassionate. Ironically, considering that Chuck's secret life has led him to save Ellie's on two occasions, she still plays the role of the over-protective older sister and deep-down still sees him as her baby brother. She frequently offers Chuck encouragement and advice on women in general, and his relationship with Sarah in particular. Although unaware of the truth of that relationship, Ellie is one of the first people to recognize that her interest in Chuck is genuine.[15] She was immediately concerned when Chuck ran into Jill again and was meeting her for dinner to catch up.[16] Sometimes she can be overbearing. Many times she has been a minor antagonist in the series. She immediately took a liking to Sarah, and is one of the characters who enjoys Casey's company or refers to him by first name ("He's so sweet!").[12]

Ellie and Awesome

After Chuck, the most important person in Ellie's life is her husband, Devon Woodcomb. She's the only character who never refers to him as "Captain Awesome," although she did refer to his parents as the "Very Awesomes" when they were planning a visit.[17] She loves him dearly, but under the effects of truth serum angrily complained about his frequent use of the word "awesome," and what she felt as moments of neglect of her feelings in the relationship.[2] Ellie later accuses him of self-centeredness because he disregarded what she wanted when he bought washer and dryer for their anniversary, as opposed to her choice of a big-screen TV.[11]

Although usually calm and collected, Ellie was greatly intimidated during a visit from Devon's parents, and was quickly driven to frustration by Honey Woodcomb's interference with the wedding plans.[10] She was also deeply disturbed by her perception of Devon's bachelor party, after seeing incriminating photographs taken by Lester of an unconscious Devon with Agent Forrest who was dressed as a cop-themed stripper).[18] She was hurt, and believed Chuck and Morgan covered up willful actions taken by Devon during the party. It wasn't until she was made privy to Chuck's secret life and the spy world that the events of the party were explained to her.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chuck Versus the Sizzling Shrimp"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Chuck Versus the Truth"
  3. "Chuck Versus the Alma Mater"
  4. "Chuck Versus the Intersect"
  5. "Chuck Versus the Marlin"
  6. "Chuck Versus Santa Claus"
  7. "Chuck Versus the First Date"
  8. "Chuck Versus the Beefcake"
  9. "Chuck vs. the Lethal Weapon"
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Chuck Versus The Sensei"
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Chuck Versus the Undercover Lover"
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Chuck Versus the Nemesis"
  13. Development Update: Friday, March 16, The Futon Critic
  14. Cast Update: January 16,
  15. "Chuck Versus the Tango"
  16. "Chuck Versus the Ex"
  17. "Chuck Versus the Gravitron"
  18. "Chuck vs. the Broken Heart"