Yvonne Strahovski (born Yvonne Strzechowski; 30 July 1982) is an Australian actress. Born in Australia to Polish immigrant parents, Strahovski speaks Polish and English.
After graduating from the University of Western Sydney, she featured in a number of Australian television shows. 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 also starred in the seventh season of the Showtime series Dexter.
Strahovski was born in Campbelltown, a suburb of Sydney, as Yvonne Strzechowski to Peter and Bozena Strzechowski.
Her parents had emigrated from Warsaw, Poland. 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, Strathfield. She graduated from University of Western Sydney’s Theatre Nepean in 2003.