Sarah Louise Jurgens was born in Epsom, England to Elizabeth Clare Jurgens and Paul Cloete Jurgens. Her family is from South Africa and the UK. When Sarah was young, her family moved from Cape Town, South Africa to Tumbler Ridge, a small coal-mining town in Northern British Columbia, Canada. After moving to the Lower Mainland on the BC coast, Sarah discovered acting. She moved to Toronto at age 18 and trained in the Acting Conservatory at York University, where she graduated with a BFA Honours. After spending time in London, England after graduation, Sarah returned to Toronto.