Yvonne Strahovski is an Australian actress who is popular for appearing in the television series Chuck (2007–2012) as CIA Agent Sarah Walker, Dexter (2012–2013) as Hannah McKay, and 24: Live Another Day (2014) as CIA Agent Kate Morgan.
Yvonne Strahovski was born as Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski Twitter on Friday, July 30, 1982 (age 38 years; as of 2020), in Werrington Downs, Australia. Her zodiac sign is Leo. Since childhood, Yvonne was inclined towards acting. In an interview, she said,
I took my first drama classes when I was 12. I was always making home videos and doing these little sketches.”
She did her schooling at Santa Sabina College in Sydney, Australia. Growing up in a polish-speaking household, Yvonne was never confident about her English vocabulary skills at school. It was Yvonne’s English teacher, Mrs. Halliday, who introduced her to Shakespear’s plays, literature, poetry, and classic novels after which she excelled in the subject. In 2003, she graduated under Theatre Nepean’s acting program at Western Sydney University (formerly known as the University of Western Sydney). AussieTheatre.comDuring her college days, she co-founded a small theater company called Sydney’s Sauna Productions Theatre. After completing her course, she worked as an actor for three years in Australia before she landed the lead role in the American action-comedy Chuck (2007).
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Dark blue
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Peter Strzechowski, is an electronic engineer, while her mother, Bożena Strzechowski, is a lab technician.
Relationships, Husband & Children
At the 2017 Emmy Awards, Yvonne Strahovski revealed that she was married to her longtime boyfriend Tim Loden, an actor and producer. Together, Yvonne and Tim have a son, William Loden (born in October 2018).
Since her television debut Double the Fist (2004) in which she played the role of Suzie, she has appeared in many television series such as headLand (2005), Sea Patrol (2007), and the telefilm BlackJack: Dead Memory (2006). She came into the limelight when she played the role of CIA Agent Sarah Walker in the American spy drama Chuck (2007). In the series, Sarah Walker is assigned by the CIA to protect Chuck Bartowski after he ignorantly downloads the secret contents of a government computer, known as the Intersect, into his brain.
She rose to prominence with Showtime’s Dexter (2012) in which she played the role of Hannah McKay, a serial killer and the love interest of the protagonist Dexter Morgan.
She gained immense appreciation for playing the protagonist CIA Agent Kate Morgan in 24: Live Another Day (2014).
In 2017, Yvonne Strahovski appeared in the critically acclaimed series The Handmaid’s Tale in which she played the antagonist Serena Joy Waterford, the wife of Commander Waterford who uses a handmaid to obtain a child when Serena is unable to conceive. Yvonne earned nominations for various prestigious accolades like the Primetime Emmy Award (2018), Golden Globe Awards (2019), and Screen Actors Guild Award (2018-2020) for playing the role of Serena Joy Waterford.
In 2020, she starred as Sofie Werner, an Australian flight attendant who is arrested and detained alongside asylum seekers, in the Australian television drama ‘Stateless.’
Yvonne Strahovski made her film debut when she played the role of Sondra in the film Gone (2007). In 2011, she appeared in the film Killer Elite as Anne Frazier. In 2014, she played the role of Dr. Terra Wade, a renowned electrophysiologist employed by Naberius to research the reanimation of dead matter, in the science-fantasy film I, Frankenstein.
In 2016, she starred in the American crime thriller film Manhattan Night in which she played the role of Caroline Crowley, who recruits a New York City tabloid writer to investigate the unsolved murder of her husband.
As a Voice Actor
Yvonne Strahovski began her journey as a voice-over artist when she voiced the character of Peg Mooring in the Danish-American animated film Lego: The Adventures of Clutch Powers (2010). Later, she lent her voice in the films The Outback (2012) and Batman: Bad Blood (2016).
Strahovski’s likeness was used for developing the character of Miranda Lawson in the video game series Mass Effect (2009-2013). Yvonne made her Broadway debut with the starring role of ‘Lorna Moon’ in the revival of Clifford Odets’ Golden Boy (1964) for which she won the Theatre World Award (2013).
- Won Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actress (2010) for the television series Chuck (2007)
- Won TV Guide Award (2011) in the category of Favorite Actress for the television series Chuck (2007)
- Won TV Guide Award for “Favorite Couple Who Have” along with Zachary Levi for the television series Chuck (2007)
- Won Saturn Award for Best Guest Starring Role on Television (2013) for the television series Dexter (2013)
- Won AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama (2020) for Stateless (2020)
- Yvonne adopted the phonetic spelling of ‘Strahovski’ as her stage name in place of ‘Strzechowski’ for the sake of easier pronunciation.
- Hollywood celebrity Tom Hanks was Yvonne’s celebrity crush during her high school days. Also, the films Turner & Hooch (1989) and The ‘Burbs (1989) starring Tom Hanks were her favorite films. In an interview, she said,
I was obsessed with Tom Hanks. He was my high school crush. Everyone else had pictures of Brad Pitt blasted all over their textbooks, and I was the weird one who had Tom Hanks.”
- In an interview, she revealed she wore a nose ring for five years and that the hole was still visible in a close-up.
- Yvonne is an avid animal lover and starred in an advertisement campaign for PETA with a tagline that read “Always adopt. Never buy.”