Ashley Williams (actress)

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Not to be confused with Ashley C. Williams.
Ashley Williams
Born Ashley Churchill Williams
(1978-11-12) November 12, 1978 (age 36)
Westchester County, New York, U.S.
Years active 1993 – present
Spouse(s) Neal Dodson (m. 2011)
Children 1

Ashley Churchill Williams (born November 12, 1978) is an American television, movie and Broadway actress. She is known for her roles in Snow, Snow 2: Brain Freeze, and Montana Sky, and for her appearances on How I Met Your Mother.

Early life[edit]

Williams was born in Westchester County, New York, the daughter of Linda Barbara (née Payne), a fundraiser for The Michael J. Fox Foundation, and Gurney Williams III, a freelance health and science writer. She is the younger sister of Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who is also an actress, and is sister-in-law to country music star Brad Paisley.[1]

Williams attended Rye High School in Rye, New York. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Boston University's theatre conservatory, having graduated in May 2001.[2]

Williams married producer Neal Dodson on May 29, 2011. Williams gave birth to their first child, a boy, Gus Williams Dodson, on October 5, 2014.[3]


Williams made her big-screen acting debut in a non-speaking role in the 1993 ensemble comedy-drama Indian Summer, which also featured her sister. She then spent from 1994 to 1996 playing teenage Danielle Andropoulos on the soap opera As the World Turns.

Williams had a role in the television series Good Morning, Miami (2002–2004). Since then she has also appeared in episodes of Psych, How I Met Your Mother, E-Ring, Huff, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Side Order of Life, The Mentalist and Warehouse 13. In May 2003, she had a guest starring role on American Dreams, playing singer Sandie Shaw and performing Shaw's 1964 hit "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" on American Bandstand.

In 2006, she starred in the Off Broadway play Burleigh Grime$.[4][5] and appeared as Victoria, a cupcake baker, on six episodes of the television series How I Met Your Mother; a role reprised in the concluding seasons of the show.

In 2010, she starred in the made-for-TV Lifetime movie, Patricia Cornwell's The Front, which premiered on the channel on April 17, 2010. She also won an on-line straw poll conducted by the How I Met Your Mother production staff as to which ex-girlfriend of Ted Mosby, the show's main character, is the fans' favorite. Her character, Victoria, won 128 to 117 over "Robin Scherbatsky", with a smattering of votes for other candidates.[6]

In 2011 and 2012, she played the role of Claire in a film adaptation of Something Borrowed and reprised her role as Victoria on How I Met Your Mother.

Williams is doula, and appears in this capacity in Episode 3 of More Business of Being Born.

She made her Broadway debut in John Grisham's A Time To Kill playing law student Ellen Roark, on September 28, 2013, with opening night on October 20, 2013.

Williams will star as a fictionalized version of Jim Gaffigan's real life wife in The Jim Gaffigan Show, a sitcom about a couple raising their five children in a two-bedroom New York apartment, which will premiere 2015.[7]


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Indian Summer Ida Heinken
2004 List, TheThe List Short film
2007 Numero Dos Ashleigh Short film
2009 Eight Percent, TheThe Eight Percent Laura Short film
2010 Heterosexuals Rhonda
2011 Scents and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood
2011 Margin Call Heather Burke
2011 Something Borrowed Claire
2012 Hearing Voices Short film
2013 Christmas in the City Wendy Carroll
2014 Lovesick TBA
2014 A Most Violent Year Lange
Year Title Role Notes
1994–1996 As the World Turns Danielle Andropoulos Recurring role
2002 Dawson's Creek Lory Glory Episode: "Swan Song"
2002–2004 Good Morning, Miami Dylan Messinger 39 episodes
2003 American Dreams Sandie Shaw Episode: "High Hopes"
2004 Snow Sandy Brooks TV movie
2005 Monk Darlene Coolidge/Theresa Scott Episode: "Mr. Monk Goes to a Wedding"
2005–2006 E-Ring Beth Wilkerson 6 episodes
2006 Amy Coyne Amy Coyne TV movie
2006 Huff Alyssa 8 episodes
2006 Him and Us Nina TV movie
2006, 2011–2012, 2014 How I Met Your Mother Victoria Seasons 1, 7–9 (recurring; 16 episodes)
2007 Imperfect Union Ronnie TV movie
2007 Making It Legal Julie TV movie
2007 Psych Trish Connors Episode: "Forget Me Not"
2007 Montana Sky Willa Mercy TV movie
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Laura Kozlowski Episode: "Haystack"
2007 Side Order of Life Becca 10 episodes
2008 Night Life Jenny TV movie
2008 Snow 2: Brain Freeze Sandy Brooks TV movie
2008 Novel Adventures Lizzie McKenzie 8 episodes
2009–2010 Saving Grace Amanda Dewey 5 episodes
2010 New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old Christine Store Clerk Amy Episode: "Sweet Charity"
2010 At Risk Stump TV movie
2010 Front, TheThe Front Stump TV movie
2010 Untitled Adam Carolla Project TV movie
2011 Retired at 35 Lilah Fabricant Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle"
2011 Bird Dog Gail McGrath TV movie
2011 Love Bites Bridget Episode: "Too Much Information"
2011 Protector, TheThe Protector Episode: "Rats"
2011 Warehouse 13 Sally Stukowski 4 episodes
2011 Mentalist, TheThe Mentalist Anna Dugan Episode: "The Redshirt"
2012 Wedding Band, TheThe Wedding Band Denise Episode: "End of the World as We Know It"
Episode: "99 Problems"
2012 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Debbie Hicks Episode: "Stealing Home"
2012 Royal Pains Sydney Bartlett Episode: "You Give Love a Bad Name"
Episode: "About Face"
2014 The Good Wife Christina Barrett Episode: "We, the Juries"
2015 The Gaffigan Show Jeannie Gaffigan


  1. ^ Good Morning, Miami'
  2. ^ Ashley Williams Information
  3. ^ Heidi Parker (October 24, 2014). "How I Met Your Mother star Ashley Williams welcomes first child Gus into the world". Retrieved October 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ NY Times premiere review dated June 14, 2006
  5. ^ Playbill preview dated June 13, 2006
  6. ^ Twitter. "Victoria has 128 votes! Robin follows closely with 117, Stella rolls in with 26 and Blah Blah rounds out the top four with 22. :)"
  7. ^ "TV Land releases extended scene from new comedy "Younger" featuring Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff" (PDF). Viacom. December 4, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 

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