Katie Leclerc, 2011
|Born||Katie Lynn Leclerc
November 6, 1986
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Katie Lynn Leclerc (born November 6, 1986) is an American actress. She has appeared on several television series, including Veronica Mars, Fashion House and The Big Bang Theory. In 2011, she received a lead role on the show Switched at Birth, starring as Daphne Vasquez.
Katie Leclerc was born in San Antonio, Texas, and grew up in Lakewood, Colorado. She is the youngest of three siblings. She started learning American Sign Language at 17, before she found out she had a disorder which includes hearing loss. Her older sister also teaches ASL. At age 20, Katie was diagnosed with Ménière's disease, a degenerative inner ear disorder, the symptoms of which include fluctuating hearing loss and vertigo; both her father and older sister have Ménière's disease as well. She grew up without any knowledge of her disease, and is therefore able to use speech as any hearing person would. She uses an accent on Switched at Birth to emphasize Daphne's hearing loss.
She is currently engaged to long-time boyfriend Brian Habecost.
Katie Leclerc discovered her passion for acting in seventh grade when she got the lead role in a production of Annie. She then moved to San Diego, to pursue theatre at Valley Center High School with VC Drama's International Thespian Society Troupe 6199 (www.valleycenterdrama.weebly.com) under the direction of John Ward. She took part in commercials for Pepsi, Cingular, Comcast, and GE. In 2006, she was in the Rascal Flatts video "What Hurts the Most" as a student in the classroom. She started her television career when she guest-starred on Veronica Mars. Since then, she has acted in many other television shows. Her first main acting role was in the show Switched at Birth, where she plays Daphne Vasquez, a deaf teenager who was given to the wrong family after birth.
My agent submitted me for a nationwide casting call for the roles of Emmett and Daphne. I ended up getting a call back, and that’s when I was asked to try a “deaf accent.” It’s something we discussed in depth. We wanted to make sure my portrayal was respectful and done correctly. At the same time, we felt that using a deaf accent would be a really strong choice for the character.
|2006||Gravy Train||Lydia Faye||Short film|
|2009||Inner Circle, TheThe Inner Circle||Claire|
|2012||Seven Lanterns||Rachel Hawthorne||Short film|
|2013||Ones, TheThe Ones||Katie||Post-production|
|2005||Veronica Mars||Crystal||Episode: "Silence of the Lamb"|
|2006||Fashion House||Sara||Recurring role (4 episodes)|
|2007||Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show, TheThe Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show||Tokersville Queen||Episode: "Salute to America"|
|2007||Saints & Sinners||Bride||Episode: "Dance, Dance Revolution"|
|2008||Riches, TheThe Riches||Teen Girl||Episode: "Friday Night Lights"|
|2008||Ex List, TheThe Ex List||Mila||Episode: "Protect and Serve"|
|2010||Hard Times of RJ Berger, TheThe Hard Times of RJ Berger||Deaf Girl||Episode: "Lily Pad"|
|2011||Big Bang Theory, TheThe Big Bang Theory||Emily||Episode: "The Wiggly Finger Catalyst"|
|2011-Present||Switched at Birth||Daphne Vasquez||Main role (52 episodes)|
|2012||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Christine||Episode: "Play Dead"|
|2013||Confession, TheThe Confession||Katie Lapp||TV film|
|2013||My Synthesized Life||Amanda||Episodes: "Amanda", "A Disturbance in the Force"|
Awards and nominations
||Teen Choice Awards for Choice Breakout Star||
||TwoCents TV Award for Drama Queens||
- Katie Leclerc at the Internet Movie Database
- "Katie Leclerc-Welcome (2011)". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "Special Interview with ABC Family "Switched At Birth" Katie Leclerc". San Diego Entertainer magazine. 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2011-07-15.
- "NY Post: Deaf actress Katie Leclerc unites hearing and deaf worlds on family drama, "Switched at Birth" (2011)". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- "Switched at Birth's Katie Leclerc Is Engaged". Retrieved 2013-11-02.
- "Twitter@katieleclerc “how old were you…”". June 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- "Ability Magazine: Katie Leclerc Interview with Chet Cooper" (2011)". Retrieved 2012-04-03.
- "2011 Teen Choice Awards winners". Popcrush. August 7, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2013.
- Ng, Philiana (July 11, 2013). "2013 TwoCents TV Awards – Drama Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
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