Scrubs cast: Where are they now? From star-studded weddings to top roles on Netflix and heartbreaking losses
THEY made millions of viewers laugh and cry in equal measure for nine years on Scrubs, before finally wrapping filming with a tear-jerking finale in 2010.
And now, as the medical comedy marks its 20th anniversary year since first airing, we're looking at where some of its biggest stars are now.
With star-studded weddings, high profile romances, a career change to real estate and huge roles along the way, the actors and actresses behind the sitcom have come a long way from where they began.
And leading the success recently has been Elliot star Sarah Chalke, 44, who landed a lead role in Netflix hit Firefly Lane, alongside Katherine Heigl.
She looks almost unrecognisable in the popular series, as she plays one half of an incredibly close friendship duo through the years.
Here we look at where she, and her co-stars, have ended up since Scrubs aired its finale in March 2010 – and the heartbreaking tragedy that saw them unite to pay moving tributes last year…
Zach Braff – J.D.
He played the lead role of J.D. in the sitcom, but actor Zach Braff, 45, has enjoyed just as much success since it wrapped up filming – as a director.
While he'd had some smaller roles before Scrubs, it was the medical series that made Braff a star, with him quitting his job as a waiter to appear in it.
He made his debut as a director around his busy filming schedule in 2004, with Garden State – which he wrote and starred in alongside Natalie Portman.
After his finale with Scrubs, he achieved huge success directing Wish I Was Here, with Kate Hudson, and 2017’s Going in Style, with Morgan Freeman.
Since then he's remained close to his former co-star and friend Donald Faison, who played Turk, and has been dating British actress Florence Pugh since 2019.
Sadly Braff suffered heartbreak last year when his close friend and broadway star, Nick Cordero – whose family were living in the actor's guest house at the time – tragically passed away following a battle with Covid-19.
Donald Faison – Chris Turk
Braff's friend, both on and off screen, Donald Faison – aka Chris Turk – was recognisable to many fans before his Scrubs debut.
The actor, 46, had enjoyed roles on Clueless – both the movie and the TV series – and Remember the Titans.
Since Scrubs, he's continued to succeed on screen with a cameo role in Pitch Perfect, several TV spots and voicing pilot Hype Fazon in Star Wars Resistance.
Faison was married to his first wife, Lisa Askey, for four years before their split, and went on to marry second wife, CaCee Cobb, in a star-studded ceremony in December 2012.
It took place at his friend Braff's home, where he was also a groomsman, and Jessica Simpson was a bridesmaid – after Cobb worked as a personal assistant for her.
Faison has six children with Cobb and two of his former partners, and now co-hosts the Scrubs podcast, Fake Doctors, Real Friends, with Braff.
Sarah Chalke – Dr. Elliot Reid
Sarah Chalke is making waves on Netflix hit Firefly Lane now, but she was once best known for her role as Elliot Reid on Scrubs.
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She went on to play dermatologist and Ted Mosby’s love interest, Stella Zinman, on How I Met Your Mother – proving medical TV truly ran through her blood.
Chalke has also had a huge role as the voice of Beth Smith in science-fiction series Rick and Morty, and a recurring role on the third season of Cougar Town.
The actress is engaged to long-term partner Jamie Afifi and they have two children together.
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Their son, Charlie, was diagnosed at the age of two with Kawasaki disease – which has more recently been linked to Covid – and Chalke has been very open about it since.
She guest starred in an episode of Grey's Anatomy which focused on the real-life hell, and told TVLine last year: "You present with all these symptoms, you get a lot of repeated misdiagnoses, you keep getting sent home [by doctors]."
“We fought really hard to see a specialist, but got the treatment on day 10½,” she added. “It was on the late side, but thank God Charlie is okay.”
Judy Reyes – Carla Espinosa
She won millions of fans with her sharp and quick-witted humour on Scrubs, playing Carla Espinosa, and Judy Reyes went on to land a lead role in Lifetime's Devious Maids when filming wrapped.
Other TV hits since have included Jane The Virgin, Fresh Off The Boat and series Claws.
While she was married to Edwin M. Figueroa for 11 years, they later divorced and she's now happily settled with partner George Valencia. The pair share a daughter, Leila Rey Valencia.
Neil Flynn – The Janitor
A much more recognisable face on Scrubs was actor Neil Flynn, 60, who played prank-loving The Janitor.
Having already starred in shows like Rookie of the Year, Flynn also went on to appear in Mean Girls and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, around Scrubs filming.
After the finale, Flynn took a position in The Middle and now stars in NBC's new sitcom, Abby's.
John C McGinley – Dr. Perry Cox
Another lead character in the popular show was sarcastic Dr. Perry Cox, and he was played by actor John C McGinley, 61,
Like Flynn, he'd already enjoyed an impressive career before filming began, with roles in Point Break, Office Space and Wall Street, among others.
Since hanging up his scrubs, he's starred in Burn Notice and Chicago PD.
McGinley has one son, Max, with his first wife Lauren Lambert. They divorced in 2001.
Max has Down's syndrome and McGinley has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition, serving on the Board of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation and as a celebrity ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society.
The star went on to marry yoga instructor Nichole Kessler in 2007, and welcomed two daughters.
Christa Miller – Jordan Sullivan
She's married to Scrub's producer Bill Lawrence, but actress Christa Miller stood out in her own right as Dr. Cox's ex wife Jordan.
She'd already had roles in Seinfeld and The Drew Carey Show, before she went on to appear on her husband's sitcom Cougar Town with some of her Scrubs co-stars afterwards.
The mum-of-three often shares photos with her husband and kids on Instagram now, and has also remained close to co-star Braff.
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Ken Jenkins – Dr. Bob Kelso
As the no-nonsense Chief of Medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso, actor Ken Jenkins, 80, won fans over throughout the series with his supporting role.
He was a much-loved star on screen before joining the cast, having had roles in Psycho, The Sum of Fears and Last Man Standing.
He went on to play Courteney Cox’s father on Cougar Town, among other roles, and has been happily married to second wife Katharine Houghton, also an actress and niece of Katharine Hepburn, since 1970.
Robert Maschio – Dr. Todd
Best known on Scrubs as 'The Todd', Dr. Todd Quinlan may have had a smaller role – but it was one of the funniest for many viewers.
Actor Robert Maschio, 54, has done the odd acting gig since – including a spot on Cougar Town like his fellow cast members – but he's largely had a career change, moving into real estate in recent years.
He often shares throwback photos of his Scrubs days on social media, and appears to have remained close to the cast.
Eliza Coupe – Denise Mahoney
Eliza, 39, played resident physician Denise Mahoney on Scrubs, joining the cast later in the show – but she didn't fail to make an impression.
Since then, she's perhaps become better known for playing Jane on Happy Endings. She also enjoyed time in the cast of House of Lies and The Mindy Project.
With more than 32,000 followers on Instagram, the glam actress has remained popular with fans through the years and now often shares photos posing for professional shoots online.
Sam Lloyd – Ted Buckland
The Scrubs crew sadly suffered a heartbreaking loss last April when actor Sam Lloyd, who played Ted Buckland on the sitcom, passed away.
Lloyd was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, but it was later revealed to be metastatic lung cancer that had spread throughout his body.
The star's wife, Vanessa, had recently given birth to their son when he got his diagnosis.
His co-stars paid moving tributes to him following his death, with Braff writing on Twitter: "Rest In Peace to one of the funniest actors I’ve ever had the joy of working with.
"Sam Lloyd made me crack up and break character every single time we did a scene together. He could not have been a kinder man. I will forever cherish the time I had with you, Sammy."
Chalke wrote: "Oh Sam…I feel so lucky I got the chance to know and work with you. You were [the] kindest, funniest man. Sending so much love to your family. Rest In Peace."
Faison added: "Rest In Peace Sam. God bless your family. I’ll always treasure our time together singing, playing basketball, laughing, working, and partying. You’re a true gem."
And producer Lawrence wrote: "Thinking a lot about Sam Lloyd today. (Ted). Truly such a kind, sweet guy. He will be missed by so many."
Lloyd enjoyed an incredible career, and after Scrubs he went on to appear in The Middle, where he reunited with Neil Flynn, Desperate Housewives and Cougar Town.
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