Yvonne Strahovski

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Kate Morgan on 24: Live Another Day

Born:

7/30/1982, Maroubra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Shortly after her parents left Poland and settled in Australia, Yvonne Strahovski was born in Maroubra, a suburb of Sydney. When she was younger, Yvonne loved to perform for her family and friends. She credits her creativity and passion for the arts to her father, a former band member, and her mother, who is into painting and photography. Her persistence to pursue an acting career led her to study drama at the renowned Theatre Nepean, under the School of Contemporary Arts at the University of Western Sydney.

    After graduation, Yvonne did some theater work for a while -- adapting and acting in plays such as Kieslowski's Neck, which received critical acclaim in Sydney. She then landed roles on television including her debut on the Australian comedy series, Double the Fist in 2004. In 2006, she played Freya Lewis in several episodes of Channel 7's Headland before appearing in her first TV movie, Blackjack - Dead Memory. She was soon cast as Martina on the Channel Nine drama, Sea Patrol.

    In 2007, Yvonne made her big-screen film debut in the British psychological thriller, Gone, credited as Yvonne Strzechowski. On February that same year, she flew in to Los Angeles, auditioned for the role of CIA agent Sarah Walker on Chuck on her third day, and got the part at the the end of that week. While she was filming episodes for the NBC action comedy, Yvonne also landed a lead role in the film The Canyon opposite Eion Bailey. She has been living in Los Angeles, California ever since that fateful February. She speaks fluent Polish and English. She appears in "Mass Effect Galaxy" and "Mass Effect 2" as the voice of Miranda Lawson. In 2010, she received the Teen Choice Award for Choice Action TV Actress for Chuck. After moving to Los Angeles in 2007, she struggled with being alone in America and away from her family and friends. Her parents have since relocated to America to be with her.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Yvonne Strzechowski

    Gender:

    Female

    Birth Place:

    Maroubra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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    • Yvonne: (on normally not using her original Australian accent in her acting) It would be so weird to do something like that in my own accent. I’m really not used to doing anything in my own accent any more so it is actually more normal for me to put on an accent. I feel more comfortable doing that than doing my own, which is odd at this point.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I liked the fact that we meet Kate at a low point in her life, you know, she doesn’t have it all together. She’s been demoted from her job, which means she obviously has professional problems going on as well as personal problems because her husband was found out to be selling government secrets to a foreign government. So I feel like at the time she had it really gave me a starting point with somewhere to go from and somewhere to go up from, which is what we’re seeing Kate do now in this journey.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I liked where she was at in her life, I liked the fact she was being demoted, I liked the fact she was this great agent who had lost everything because her husband, who had been an agent as well, was selling secrets to a foreign government and she didn't see it,

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) I think it’s a really great starting point for a character, it gives her a chance to go somewhere, to build and have a journey. Also the greatest thing about 24 is there is always so much going on, it is so layered and every character has something to sink their teeth into.

    • Yvonne: (on her role in 24) She's got Jack Bauer–isms, for sure. She's impulsive and bends the rules and takes matters into her own hands. She's a great agent, but she's been demoted because she messed up. She married another CIA agent who she didn't know was selling secrets to a foreign government.

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    • Yvonne first acting was in a school production of Shakespear's comedy Twelfth Night, where she did the role of one of the main characters, Viola.

    • Yvonne parents were originally from Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland.

    • Yvonne parents are Bozena and Piotr Strzechowski. Her father was an electronic engineer and her mother was lab technician.

    • Yvonne was born in Werrington Downs, a suburb of Sydney.

    • Yvonne worked in the Mass Effect video games, being the voice and model for the character Miranda Lawson.

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