Sara Rue Biography

Sara Rue is a critically-acclaimed actress best known for the roles she played as Claudia Casey on the sitcom Less Than Perfect and Carmen Ferrara on the comedy-drama Popular. Recently she co-starred in the ABC dramedy Eastwick. Born and raised in New York City, Sara spent most of her childhood backstage with her parents, who were very active in the Broadway theatre community. Sara’s acting career began at age nine, when she was cast as Kevin Spacey’s daughter and Burt Lancaster’s granddaughter in the film “Rocket Gibraltar”. Shortly thereafter, she won critical acclaim for her television series debut, starring in the comedy “Grand”.

Rue has guest-starred on many TV shows such as Will & Grace as Joyce, the sister of Grace Adler (Debra Messing), in Two and a Half Men, alongside Charlie Sheen and in The Big Bang Theory as Dr. Stephanie Barnett, the love interest of Leonard (Johnny Galecki) to name a few....

Apart from her roles on TV, Rue has also acquired work on the big screen. She starred as Sigourney Weaver’s cellmate in A Map of the World and appeared as a scene-stealing social misfit in Can’t Hardly Wait alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. Sara was also cast in Pearl Harbor as a tough-talking nurse. Originally there was no role for the young actress, but she so impressed Michael Bay that he flew her to Hawaii, threw her in the scenes with the nurses, and told her to “improvise and be funny,” which she did. She also starred as title character Gypsy in GYPSY 83 and has three independent features "in the can" that will hopefully be released sometime in the near future. In addition to numerous theatre, musical and Off-Broadway appearances, Sara recently began producing film and television, selling her first movie to Dimension Films.

Sara is engaged and resides in Southern California with her two cats and two dogs. When she is not busy working, she loves to read, garden, play guitar and poker.