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Yvonne Strahovski

Yvonne Strahovski (b. Yvonne Strzechowski, 30 July, 1982) plays Sarah Walker-Bartowski in NBC's Chuck.[1]

Biography Edit


Early life Edit

She was born in Maroubra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Polish parents who had previously emigrated from Warsaw. Yvonne first learned to speak Polish, before learning English in school. She first ventured into acting when she played the character "Viola" in a school production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and claims her favourite actress is Meryl Streep.[2] Additionally, she has a dance background, having trained from the age of 5 and acknowledges that it helps her during the fight scenes in Chuck, specifically citing the fight scene featuring her character Sarah and Matthew Bomer's character, Bryce Larkin in the Buy More.[3][4] She attended Santa Sabina College, Strathfield during her high school years, and is a graduate of University of Western Sydney's Theatre Nepean with a Bachelor of Arts in Performance.[5] She changed her surname from 'Strzechowski' to the phonetic spelling 'Strahovski' as per request of the producers of the show.[6]

Personal & Family Life Edit

Her father is an electrical engineer and her mother works as a lab technician, and she is an only child. Due to this, she has often cited the difficulty of living so far away from her family and friends. However, in 2007, after her acting success in Chuck, her parents emigrated to the USA to be near her.[7] She dated Matt Doran from 2006-2007, and was in a relationship with Tim Loden from 2009-2012.[8]

Acting Career Edit

Yvonne is represented by Sue Barnett & Associates in Surrey Hills, Australia. She began her acting career in Australia, when she played "Suzie" in the Australian satirical television show Double the Fist. In 2005, she was given the role of "Freya Lewis" in the short-lived drama series headLand.[9] She appeared in 13 episodes of the show, before playing "Federal Agent Martina Royce" in Sea Patrol in 2007. After this, she began auditioning for several shows, including Chuck, and her audition tape immediately caught the attention of the creators and producers of the show, Josh Schwartz and Chris Fedak.[10] As a result of this, she moved to the US six months later, and was cast as what was then the role of "Sarah Kent" two days later. Her success in Chuck has recently lead to more prominent acting roles, including starring in the Australian films The Canyon and I Love You Too.[1] She is currently filming for an unknown role in the upcoming film The Killer Elite, an action thriller based on the Ranulph Fiennes novel "The Family Men".[11]

Additionally, she also also performed several voice acting roles, perhaps most profoundly portraying the character "Miranda Lawson" in the video game Mass Effect 2.[12] Her other foray into voice acting came in 2010 when she voiced the character "Peg Mooring" into the straight-to-DVD release LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers. Strahovski's latest voice acting role was when she portrayed Aya Brea in The 3rd Birthday, which was released on March 29, 2011.

Trivia Edit

  • Yvonne is also known to be a fan of science fiction and horror films, including Jurassic Park, and Kill Bill.[13]
  • Yvonne is capable of peforming numerous accents, including Scottish, Irish, Cockney, British, Brooklyn and Southern American dialects, the latter of which she demonstrates in "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners".[14]
  • She spoke brief amounts of Polish in both "Chuck Versus the Wookiee", "Chuck Versus the Three Words", and "Chuck Versus the Honeymooners". In "Chuck Versus the Ex" she uses her native Australian accent when addressing an audience.[15]
  • She is said to enjoy outdoors activities including rock climbing, hiking and camping.[16]
  • Yvonne was also ranked #24 on both Entertainment Weekly's "Butt-Kicking Babes: New and Improved!" list in 2007, and Wizard magazine's 2008’s Sexiest Women of TV poll. She also featured in TV Guide’s Most Fit Stars list in 2008.[17]
  • She is 5' 9¼" (1.76 m) tall.[1]
  • She has Voice Acted in the Video games Mass Effect 2 as Miranda Lawson and as Aya Brea in Square Enix's Latest Video Game The 3rd Birthday. Though in Mass Effect, she was also used as Face Model for Miranda Lawson.

Filmography Edit



References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Actress Profile, retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  2. "Acting bug", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  3. "Fighting talk", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  4. Season One box set special features
  5. Yvonne Strahovki's Early Life, retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  6. "What's in a name?", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  7. "Only Child", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  8. "Mags", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  9. headLand Cast, retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  10. Audition tape for Chuck, Season One box set special features - can also be seen here
  11. "Robert de Niro and Yvonne Strahovski Join The Killer Elite", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  12. Stars of Mass Effect 2, retrieved 2nd June 2010, Mass Effect Official Website
  13. "Sci-fi fan", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  14. "Accents", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  15. "Polish", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  16. "No gamer", retrieved 2nd June 2010,
  17. "Making the List", retrieved 2nd June 2010,

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