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Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

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Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Born Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski
30 July 1982 (age 30)
Residence Los Angeles,United States
Nationality Australian, Polish
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present
Known for CIA Agent Sarah Walker (Chuck)
Hannah McKay (Dexter)
Miranda Lawson (Mass Effectseries)

Yvonne Strahovski (born Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski; 30 July 1982) is an Australian actress. After graduating from the UniversityofWestern Sydney, she featured in a number of Australian television shows.

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

She then starred as CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the American television series Chuck, a role for which she is widely known. She is also noted as the voice and model of Miranda Lawson in the Mass Effect trilogy. She is featured in seasons 7 and 8 of the Showtime series Dexter as Hannah McKay.


Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Early life

Strahovski was born in Campbelltown, a suburb of Sydney, as Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski, to Bożena and Piotr Strzechowski. Her parents had emigrated fromTomaszowMazowiecki, Poland. Strahovski speaks Polish and English. She adopted the more phonetic spelling of Strahovski as her stage name at Chuck, which was at producer Josh Schwartz’s behest for the sake of easier pronunciation. Strahovski’s father is an electronic engineer, and her mother works as a lab technician. Strahovski started acting when she played Viola in a school production of Twelfth Night.

She spent her high school years attending Santa Sabina College, Strath field. She graduated from UniversityofWestern Sydney’s Theatre Nepean in 2003 and co-founded a small theater company.


Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos


Strahovski started her career inAustraliaappearing in film and TV roles, including a turn on satirical show double the Fist and a part as Freya Lewis in the Australian drama series head Land. She has also appeared in Channel Nine’s Sea Patrol.

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

Yvonne Strahovski Biography | Profile and Latest Photos

She sent in her audition tape for the show Chuck while in theUnited Statesauditioning for roles in other shows, namely NBC’s 2007 series Bionic Woman. She sent in an audition tape while waiting to hear from the other two jobs. She was contacted by the producers of Chuck the next day to come in to “run lines” with Zachary Levi. The producers called her back a week later letting her know she had been cast as Sarah Walker. Six months later, she moved to theUnited States.

Strahovski speaks fluent Polish and employed it in a brief exchange with a colleague in the Chuck episode “Chuck Versus the Wookiee” and again in the episodes “Chuck Versus the Three Words” and “Chuck Versus the Honeymooners”. Although she portrays an American in the series, she briefly spoke in a “Hollywood” Australian accent in the episode “Chuck Versus the Ex”.

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Strahovski appears in Mass Effect Galaxy, Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 as the voice of Miranda Lawson. Strahovski had her face scanned and animated so she could portray Lawson in Mass Effect 2. Strahovski voices Aya Brea in the English version of the Parasite Eve spin off, The 3rd Birthday, which was released on March 2011 for the PlayStation Portable. She also appeared in a College Humor sketch in April 2011, parodying the music styles of Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Lady Gagaand Justin Bieber.

Strahovski appeared in the 2011 film Killer Elite, alongside Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro. She also appeared in the 2013 comedy The Guilt Trip, opposite Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand.

In 2010, Strahovski received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actress for Chuck, as well as a nomination for Spike Video Game Awards for Best Performance by a Human Female for Mass Effect 2. In 2011, Strahovski was nominated again for the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Action TV Actress. In 2011, Cosmopolitan Magazine (Australia) awarded Strahovski the Fun Fearless Female of the Year along with Favorite TV Actress.

In November 2011, she was cast as the female lead in I, Frankenstein. In March 2013, she was featured in a new SoBe Life commercial. And in May 2013, Strahovski ranked #35 in Maxim Hot 100 2013. In June 2013 Showtime announced Strahovski had joined the cast for the seventh season of Dexter in which she plays the role of Hannah McKay, a woman involved with an investigation following the death of her former lover, a spree killer whom she accompanied. In December 2013, she made her Broadway debut in a revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy for which she won a Theatre World Award. Yvonne Strahovski is a supporter of PETA and appeared in an ad for their “Adopt, Don’t Buy” campaign. Yvonne Strahovski was honored along with Liam Hemsworth for their work in international roles with the 2013 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award. She is set to reprise her role as Hannah McKay in the eighth season of Dexter.


Strahovski at the Chuck panel at Wonder Con 2009 in San Francisco.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Gone Sondra As Yvonne Strzechowski
2009 Persons of Interest Lara Short film
As Yvonne Strzechowski
2008 The Plex Sarah
2009 The Canyon Lori
2009 I Love You Too Alice
2010 Matching Jack Veronica
2010 Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers Peg Mooring Voice
2011 Killer Elite Anne
2013 The Outback Miranda Voice
2013 The Guilt Trip Jessica
2013 I, Frankenstein TerraWessex Finished



Year Title Role Notes
2004 Double the Fist Suzie 1 episode: “Fear Factory”
2005–2006 headLand Freya Lewis Main Cast; 26 episodes
2007 Sea Patrol Martina Royce 1 episode: “Cometh the Hour”
2007–2013 Chuck Sarah Walker Main Role
Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Action
TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress
TV Guide Award for Favorite Couple Who Have (Shared with Zachary Levi)
Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress – Action
2013–2013 Dexter Hannah McKay Recurring (Season 7, Season 8)
Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television


Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Mass Effect Galaxy Miranda Lawson Voice
2010 Mass Effect 2 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness
2011 The 3rd Birthday Aya Brea Voice (English version)
2013 Mass Effect 3 Miranda Lawson Voice and likeness

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