Born and raised in New York City, Sara Rue spent most of her childhood backstage with her father, a Broadway stage manager. Her career began at nine when she was cast as Burt Lancaster's granddaughter in the film Rocket Gibraltar. Shortly thereafter, she won critical acclaim for her television series debut in the comedy “Grand.” She has since appeared as a series regular on various shows including “Phenom,” “Minor Adjustments,” “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane,” “Popular,” “Eastwick” and “Malibu Country,” alongside Reba and Lily Tomlin. Rue has also had recurring appearances on “Bones,” “Rules of Engagement” and the Chuck Lorre shows “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Mom.” She is best known for her starring role in ABC’s “Less Than Perfect.” Most recently, Rue starred in TV Land’s single camera comedy series “Impastor” for two seasons, on ABC’s “American Housewife,” and she played the school librarian in Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” No stranger to the Hallmark Channel, Rue also starred in “All for Love.”
Rue returned to the big screen with a scene-stealing performance as a social misfit in the comedy Can't Hardly Wait. That was followed by a string of dramatic roles: as Sigourney Weaver’s cellmate in A Map of the World; as Lili Taylor’s best friend in the adaptation of Anne Taylor’s novel, A Slipping Down Life; and as a tough-talking nurse in Pearl Harbor. In 2001, Rue received rave reviews for her titular performance in the award-winning independent film Gypsy 83. Rue played the attorney general of the United States in Mike Judge’s cult classic Idiocracy and has been active in the independent film world for the past several years. Notable credits include the title role in Dorfman in Love, which screened at multiple festivals around the country. Most recently, she starred in the indie thriller Maternal Bonds.
Rue established a presence on stage when she starred at the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s (NYC) one-act festival two years in a row in productions of The Shallow End and Seventh Word, Four Syllables. In conjunction with shooting two television pilots and a feature film, she made her Los Angeles theatre debut at the Matrix Theatre in Wendy McCloud’s play The Water Children and in the world premiere musical Little Egypt, where she received tremendous praise for her portrayal of a lovable, social misfit and star-crossed lover. She later reprised that role for a short run Off- Broadway. Rue has also produced film and television, having sold a movie to Dimension Films and a half-hour pilot as the writer/creator to Warner Bros. and The CW.
Most of Rue’s time away from work revolves around her two young daughters, but when given the opportunity, she also loves to garden, play poker (mostly for charity) and go on hikes with her family. Some of her favorite charity associations are CAST, Project Angel Food, The Lily Claire Foundation, The ACLU and The NRDC.