Saved by the Bell
Young Artist Award-nominated actress Sarah Lancaster was first recognized for her role as Rachel Meyers (1993-1996), the school's fashion expert and shop-a-holic, on NBC’s teen sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The New Class." She later garnered more recognition for her recurring guest role as Lisa (2002-2006), the love interest of Zach Braff's J.D., on NBC's ''Scrubs.'' She also played regular roles as Madison Kellner, the love interest to Gregory Smith's 16-year-old character Ephram, on The WB's "Everwood" (2003-2005), Veronica Harold, the beautiful and ambitious blackjack dealer, on CBS’ short-lived drama "Dr. Vegas" (2004-2006) and Marjorie, the title role's secret crush on ABC's TV series ''What About Brian'' (2006-2007). She currently plays Dr. Ellie Bartowski, the older sister of the title character (Zachary Levi), on NBC’s new sci-fi television program "Chuck."
As for her film work, Lancaster has appeared in the films "Teacher's Pet" (2000), "Catch Me If You Can" (2002), and "Smother" (2007).
On a more personal note, the 5' 8" TV star is reportedly dating Matthew Davis.
Childhood and Family:
On February 12, 1980, Sarah Beth Lancaster was born in Kansas City, Kansas, to Michael, a real estate agent, and Barbara Lancaster, a homemaker and teacher. She has one younger brother named Daniel Lancaster, whom she adores.
Because of her father's profession, Sarah had to move several times. At age 4, she moved to Virginia, and at 10, she moved to Mission Viejo, California, where she attended Newhart Jr. High with actress Nicole Nogrady. From the time she was in the eighth grade, Sarah was tutored on-set. After she had taken college courses at U.C. Irvine to expedite her high school graduation, she made the official move to L.A. to pursue her acting career. She currently lives there with her two cats.
Sarah, who enjoys dancing, has more than 8 years of training in ballet and jazz. Her interests include ballet, art, reading, working out, water sports, traveling and shopping.
"I didn't know how to hit a mark. I didn't know anything about cameras. I didn't know how to act either, but you'd smile, then they'd line you up like six ducks." Sarah Lancaster (describing her younger professional self)
Having more than 8 years of training in ballet and jazz, Sarah Lancaster has performed in a number of theatrical productions as a dancer and was seen in "I Love Dance" at Caesar's Palace and "Les Artists Theatrical." She has also appeared in several print ads before beginning her acting career.
The aspiring actress begun taking acting classes shortly after her move to southern California and immediately landed a talent agent. After a few months of commuting from Orange County to Los Angeles for auditions, she secured her first professional acting job as a guest in a single episode of the first season of the NBC sitcom "Saved by the Bell: The New Class," the long-running spin-off of the popular "Saved by the Bell" series. Her career suddenly took off when she was picked as a show regular during its second through fourth season (1993-1996), playing the role of Rachel Meyers, the school's fashion expert and shop-a-holic. For her performance in the hit show, Lancaster received two Young Artist Award nominations, one for ''Best Performance in a TV Series - Young Ensemble'' and another one for ''Best Performance by a Young Actress - TV Comedy Series.'' She was also nominated a YoungStar Award for ''Best Performance by a Young Actress in a Saturday Morning TV Program.''
When her contract with "Saved by the Bell'' ended, Lancaster spent the following years guest starring in such TV shows as The WB sitcom "Unhappily Ever After," ABC’s sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," the comic book-based television program "Night Man," USA Network’s cop drama "Pacific Blue," The WB short-lived drama series "Rescue 77," and MTV’s anthology series "Undressed." She also appeared in two TV movies, "Sorority" (1999) and the biographical "Michael Landon, the Father I Knew" (1999), in which she portrayed the actor's daughter Leslie. Additionally, she was cast in a small horror film titled "Lovers Lane" (1999).
Entering the new millennium, Lancaster played Tracy Carley in the college horror/thriller starring Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, "Teacher's Pet," and had a deleted scene in writer/director Roger Kumble's direct-to-video released "Cruel Intentions 2," the drama/comedy film sequel to "Cruel Intentions" which stars Robin Dunne, Sarah Thompson, Keri Lynn Pratt and Amy Adams. She also appeared with Ryan Merriman in the made-for-television movie "Rocket's Red Glare" and was spotted as a guest in an episode of The WB teen sitcom "Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane" and The WB teen drama "Dawson's Creek."
2002 saw Lancaster alongside movie hunk Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Frank Abagnale Jr. and Stan Redding's book, "Catch Me if You Can." In the film, which also star Tom Hanks, Lancaster was credited as "Riverbend Woman," a tiny part that she later recalled by saying, "If you blink, you'll miss me. But it was a valuable experience working with Steven Spielberg."
Meanwhile, she continued working on television and appeared in an episode of ABC’s sitcom "Dharma & Greg," The WB comedy "Off Centre" and FOX’s sitcom "That '70s Show," as well as two episodes of FOX’s drama series "Boston Public" (as a snooty high school student running for prom queen) and UPN’s sitcom "Half & Half." She also had a recurring role as Lisa on the NBC Emmy and Peabody Award-winning sitcom "Scrubs."
From 2003 to 2005, Lancaster played the regular role of Madison Kellner, a 20-year-old college student who worked part time as a baby sitter and was the love interest of younger Gregory Smith's Ephram, on The WB primetime television drama "Everwood." She also co-starred with Rob Lowe, Joe Pantoliano, Amy Adams and Tom Sizemore (later replaced by Chazz Palminteri) on CBS’ short-lived television drama "Dr. Vegas" from 2004 to 2006, playing the beautiful and ambitious blackjack dealer Veronica Harold. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after five episodes.
During this time, Lancaster guest starred on The WB family drama "7th Heaven," HBO’s drama/comedy "Six Feet Under," CBS’ popular, Emmy-winning cop/crime drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," and NBC’s sitcom "Four Kings." She also starred in the thriller TV movie "Living with the Enemy" (2005), as the new wife of a billionaire software developer (played by Mark Humphrey).
Lancaster then scored another regular role, this time on the ABC dramatic TV series "What About Brian" (2006-2007), playing Marjorie Seaver. She also returned to the wide screen by co-starring with Diane Keaton, Dax Shepard, and Liv Tyler in Vince Di Meglio's drama/comedy film "Smother" (2007).
TV viewers now can watch Lancaster on NBC’s new sci-fi television program "Chuck," which premiered on September 24, 2007. In the show, she portrays Dr. Ellie Bartowski, the older sister of the title character played by Zachary Levi.