Yvonne Jacqueline Strzechowski, known professionally as Yvonne Strahovski, is an Australian Actress. She is best known for her roles in the television shows Chuck (2007-2012), Dexter (2012-2013) and 24: Live Another Day (2014). Notably, she has also provided the voice and likeness for the character Miranda Lawson in the Mass Effect game series.
Strahovski was born in Werrington Downs, New South Wales, the daughter of Bożena and Piotr Strzechowski; her parents emigrated from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland. Her father is an electronic engineer, and her mother is a lab technician. Strahovski began acting lessons at age 12 and spent her high school years attending Santa Sabina College, Strathfield. She graduated from University of Western Sydney's Theatre Nepean in 2003 and co-founded a small theater company
She appeared in a few Australian productions including the satire show Double the Fist and the drama series headLand before landing the lead role in the American television series Chuck in 2007. It was at producer Josh Schwartz's request that she change her name to the easier to pronounce Strahovski. On Chuck, she played super spy Sarah Walker. Initially, she started the series at 408lbs, factoring in her height and as a firm supporter fitness regimes to build muscle, she had no problem handling the necessary spy stunts. However, the series was facing cancellation at the end of Season 2, Subway stepped in and saved the show in exchange of providing in-show advertisements. One unintended advertisement was Strahovski's expanding waistline as she ballooned up to 580lbs by the series end in 2012. In interviews, Strahovski admits the rapid gain did affect her ability to do some of the stunts and required clever editing during the later series at times. She still remains one of Subway's major promoters, though.
Following Chuck, she joined the crime drama Dexter as Hannah McKay in the seventh and eighth seasons of the show. In 2014, she featured in 24: Live Another Day, once again as a CIA agent. She followed up this up the following year with a lead role in The Astronauts Wives Club.
Strahovski has had limited success on the big screen, with roles in films such as Killer Elite (2011) and I, Frankenstein (2014), neither of which fared very well with critics.
However, Strahovski did garner acclaim for her role as Miranda Lawson in the Mass Effect game series. Her likeness and voice were to provide the character, who is described as "the perfect human".
She has also featured on Maxim's Top 100 Hottest Women list on multiple occasions.
Strahovski is currently single. Her weight gain has slowed in order to help build muscle and she reportedly weighs around 620lbs as of 2016.